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The Distribution of Income and Wealth in Japan

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  • Bauer, John
  • Mason, Andrew

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This paper reviews research on the distribution of income and wealth in Japan, identifies sources of data on income and wealth, and describes limitations of these data. Evidence that Japan 's poorest income groups are relatively well-off is convincing, but the re is less evidence that the overall distribution of income in Japan is more equal than in other OECD countries Agricultural policy, social welfare policy, the tax system, trends in earnings differentials, an d the role of the Japanese family are among the many factors that have shaped Japan's income distribution. The rapid appreciation of the st ock market and land prices during the late 1980s led to greater inequali ty in the distribution of wealth. Rapid population aging is expected to lead to an increase in total national wealth relative to national income which may have an adverse impact on the distribution of incom e. Copyright 1992 by The International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.

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Article provided by International Association for Research in Income and Wealth in its journal Review of Income & Wealth.

Volume (Year): 38 (1992)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 403-28

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  3. MacGee, James C., 2006. "Land Titles, Credit Markets and Wealth Distributions," Working Paper Series RP2006/150, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  4. Pascal Petit, 1999. "Sectoral Patterns of Distribution in Slowly Growing Economies: The case of nine OECD countries in the 1980s and 1990s," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 13(3), pages 333-351.
  5. Beetsma, R.M.W.J., 1994. "Servicing the public debt: Comment," Discussion Paper 1994-77, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  6. Milanovic, Branko, 1999. "True world income distribution, 1988 and 1993 - first calculations, based on household surveys alone," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2244, The World Bank.
  7. Branko Milanovic, 2006. "Global Income Inequality: What It Is And Why It Matters?," Working Papers 26, United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs.
  8. Thomas Zotter, 1998. "Vermögensverteilung: Ein internationaler Überblick (Berichte und Dokumente)," Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft - WuG, Kammer für Arbeiter und Angestellte für Wien, Abteilung Wirtschaftswissenschaft und Statistik, vol. 24(2), pages 239-256.

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