Population Aging and Consumption Inequality in Japan
This paper analyzes how consumption inequality within a fixed cohort grows with age using Japanese household microdata. Following the method developed by A. Deaton and C. Paxson (1994), the authors obtain the following results: first, consumption inequality starts to increase at the age of forty; second, younger generations face a more unequal distribution from the beginning of their life-cycle; and third, half of the rapid increase in the economywide consumption inequality during the 1980s was caused by population aging, while one-third was due to the increasing cohort effect. The paper compares the above results with those of Deaton and Paxson. Copyright 1998 by The International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.
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Volume (Year): 44 (1998)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
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