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Consumption growth and the intertemporal elasticity of substitution: some evidence from income quintile groups in Japan

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This research empirically analysed the relations between the difference in consumer's preference and the consumption growth rate in Japan. As a result, the close relationship between the two is revealed. This study has clarified the fact that as the income bracket becomes higher, the value of intertemporal elasticity of substitution becomes smaller. This is consistent with the gap in the consumption growth rate between the income brackets, i.e. the difference in the consumer's preference parameter has played a significant role in correcting the consumption gap in the period of high economic growth in post-war Japan.

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  • Shigeyuki Hamori, 1996. "Consumption growth and the intertemporal elasticity of substitution: some evidence from income quintile groups in Japan," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 3(8), pages 529-532.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:3:y:1996:i:8:p:529-532
    DOI: 10.1080/135048596356177
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    1. Hamori, Shigeyuki, 1992. "Test of C-CAPM for Japan: 1980-1988," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 38(1), pages 67-72, January.
    2. Hamori, Shigeyuki, 1993. "Test of the international equity integration of Japan," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 42(1), pages 71-76.
    3. Hamori, Shigeyuki, 1992. "On the structural stability of preference parameters obtained from Japanese financial market data," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 40(4), pages 459-464, December.
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    3. Real Arai & Junji Ueda, 2012. "A Numerical Evaluation on a Sustainable Size of Primary Deficit in Japan," KIER Working Papers 823, Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research.
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    9. Arai, Real & Ueda, Junji, 2013. "A numerical evaluation of the sustainable size of the primary deficit in Japan," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 30(C), pages 59-75.

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