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A Cointegration Analysis of the Impact of the Age Structure of the Population on the Household Saving Rate in Japan

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  • Harioka, C.Y.

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This paper analyzes the impact of the age structure of the population on Japan's household saving rate by applying cointegration techniques to time-series data for the 1955–1993 period. It finds that the ratio of minors to the working-age population and that of the aged to the working-age population both have a negative and significant impact on the household saving rate. This finding suggests that the life-cycle model applies even in a country such as Japan, in which this model is less likely to apply due to cultural peculiarities such as the greater prevalence of intergenerational transfers. © 1997 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Paper provided by Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University in its series ISER Discussion Paper with number 0384.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 1995
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Handle: RePEc:dpr:wpaper:0384

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Keywords: POPULATION; SAVINGS;

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  1. Doh-Khul Kim & Hyungsoo Kim, 2006. "Aging and Savings in Korea: A Time-Series Approach," International Advances in Economic Research, Springer, vol. 12(3), pages 374-381, August.
  2. Charles Yuji HORIOKA & Wataru SUZUKI & Tatsuo HATTA, 2007. "Aging, Savings, and Public Pensions in Japan," Asian Economic Policy Review, Japan Center for Economic Research, vol. 2(2), pages 303-319.
  3. Hongbin Li & Junsen Zhang & Jie Zhang, . "Effects of longevity and dependency rates on saving and growth: Evidence from a panel of cross countries," MRG Discussion Paper Series 1106, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.
  4. Ang, James B., 2008. "What are the mechanisms linking financial development and economic growth in Malaysia," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 25(1), pages 38-53, January.
  5. Takumi Naito & Laixun Zhao, 2008. "Aging, transitional dynamics, and gains from trade," Discussion Paper Series 215, Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University.
  6. Romero-Ávila, Diego, 2009. "Are OECD consumption-income ratios stationary after all?," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 26(1), pages 107-117, January.
  7. Eilev S. Jansen, 2010. "Wealth effects on consumption in financial crises: the case of Norway," Discussion Papers 616, Research Department of Statistics Norway.
  8. Gomes, Fábio A. R. & Franchini, Douglas de S., 2008. "The Stationarity of Consumption–Income Ratios: Evidence from South American Countries," Insper Working Papers wpe_123, Insper Working Paper, Insper Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa.
  9. Sarantis, Nicholas & Stewart, Chris, 1999. "Is the consumption-income ratio stationary? Evidence from panel unit root tests," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 64(3), pages 309-314, September.
  10. Tomas Kögel, 2001. "Youth dependency and total factor productivity," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2001-030, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
  11. Cook, Steven, 2005. "The stationarity of consumption-income ratios: Evidence from minimum LM unit root testing," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 89(1), pages 55-60, October.

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