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Comparing public attitudes toward providing for the livelihood of the elderly in two aging societies: Germany and Japan

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  • Hayo, Bernd
  • Ono, Hiroyuki

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Using an ordered logit model on representative survey data, we study attitudes about who should provide for the livelihood of the elderly in two aging societies--Germany and Japan. We find that in both countries, those with higher income are more inclined toward the private option, whereas age has the opposite effect. Part-time work status negatively (positively) affects the inclination toward a government-based pension system in Japan (Germany). Other significant influences are the pensioner status of the respondents in Japan and specific left-wing party support in the case of Germans.

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  • Hayo, Bernd & Ono, Hiroyuki, 2010. "Comparing public attitudes toward providing for the livelihood of the elderly in two aging societies: Germany and Japan," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 39(1), pages 72-80, January.
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    1. Hayo, Bernd & Ono, Hiroyuki, 2011. "Livelihood and care of the elderly: Determinants of public attitudes in Japan," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 25(1), pages 76-98, March.

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    Livelihood of elderly Pension reform Public attitudes Germany Japan;

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    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General

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