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Do the Elderly Dissave in Japan?

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  • Charles Yuji Horioka

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In this paper, I summarize Albert Ando's seminal and ingenious work on the saving behavior of the elderly in Japan and then present some pertinent data and evidence that became available only after Ando did his work in this area. I conclude that the retired elderly in Japan dissave, in accordance with the life cycle hypothesis of saving, and that all of the available data and evidence suggest that the life cycle hypothesis of saving is highly applicable in the case of Japan.

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Paper provided by Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University in its series ISER Discussion Paper with number 0605.

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Date of creation: Jun 2004
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Handle: RePEc:dpr:wpaper:0605

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  1. Horioka, Charles Yuji & Watanabe, Wako, 1997. "Why Do People Save? A Micro-Analysis of Motives for Household Saving in Japan," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, Royal Economic Society, vol. 107(442), pages 537-52, May.
  2. C. Y. Horioka & H. Fujisaki & W. Watanabe & T. Kouno, 2000. "Are Americans More Altruistic than the Japanese? A U.S.-Japan Comparison of Saving and Bequest Motives," International Economic Journal, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(1), pages 1-31.
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  4. Charles Yuji Horioka, 2001. "Are the Japanese Selfish, Altruistic, or Dynastic?," CIRJE F-Series CIRJE-F-134, CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo.
  5. Horioka, Charles Yuji & Kasuga, Norihiro & Yamazaki, Katsuyo & Watanabe, Wako, 1996. "Do the Aged Dissave in Japan? Evidence from Micro Data," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 10(3), pages 295-311, September.
  6. Ishikawa, Tsuneo, 1988. "Saving and labor supply behavior of aged households in Japan," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 2(4), pages 417-449, December.
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  8. Hayashi, Fumio & Ando, Albert & Ferris, Richard, 1988. "Life cycle and bequest savings A study of Japanese and U.S. households based on data from the 1984 NSFIE and the 1983 survey of consumer finances," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 2(4), pages 450-491, December.
  9. Horioka, C.Y., 1991. "Saving in Japan," ISER Discussion Paper, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University 0248, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.
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Cited by:
  1. Charles Yuji Horioka, 2007. "A Survey of Household Saving Behavior in Japan," ISER Discussion Paper, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University 0684, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.
  2. Charles Yuji Horioka & Wataru Suzuki & Tatsuo Hatta, 2007. "Aging, Saving, and Public Pensions in Japan," ISER Discussion Paper, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University 0692, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.

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