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Why Do People Save? A Micro-Analysis of Motives for Household Saving in Japan

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  • Horioka, C.Y.
  • Watanabe, W.

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This paper estimates the contribution of net saving for each of twelve motives to overall household saving in Japan using micro data from Japanese Government survey and finds that the net saving for the retirement and precautionary motives, both of which are consistent with the life-cycle model, are of dominant importance. It also finds that the saving motives of Japanese households vary greatly by age and that they save at each life stage for motives that are appropriate for that life stage.

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  • Horioka, C.Y. & Watanabe, W., 1996. "Why Do People Save? A Micro-Analysis of Motives for Household Saving in Japan," ISER Discussion Paper 0412, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.
  • Handle: RePEc:dpr:wpaper:0412
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    Keywords

    HOUSEHOLD; LIFE CYCLE; SAVINGS;

    JEL classification:

    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth

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