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Are the Japanese Unique? An Analysis of Consumption and Saving Behavior in Japan

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  • Charles Yuji Horioka

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In this paper, I conduct an analysis of consumption and saving behavior in Japan, looking both at trends over time and comparisons with the other industrialized countries. I find that some of the conventional wisdoms (that the Japanese are asset-rich and hold conservative portfolios) still hold but that others (that the Japanese are high savers and shun borrowing) no longer hold and that the Japanese are not unique, with the United States and the other Anglo-Saxon countries being the true exceptions in many respects.

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Paper provided by Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University in its series ISER Discussion Paper with number 0606.

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Date of creation: Jun 2004
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Handle: RePEc:dpr:wpaper:0606

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  1. Charles Yuji Horioka, 2008. "The Flow of Household Funds in Japan," Microeconomics Working Papers 22599, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
  2. Charles Yuji Horioka, 2007. "A Survey of Household Saving Behavior in Japan," ISER Discussion Paper 0684, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.
  3. Charles Yuji Horioka & Wataru Suzuki & Tatsuo Hatta, 2007. "Aging, Saving, and Public Pensions in Japan," NBER Working Papers 13273, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  4. Muellbauer, John & Murata, Keiko, 2009. "Consumption, Land Prices and the Monetary Transmission Mechanism in Japan," CEPR Discussion Papers 7269, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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