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The Dissaving of the Aged Revisited: The Case of Japan

Charles Yuji Horioka

NBER Working Paper No. 12351
Issued in July 2006
NBER Program(s):   AG   EFG

In this paper, I survey the previous literature on the saving behavior of the aged in Japan and then present some survey data on the saving behavior of the aged in Japan that became available recently. To summarize the main findings of this paper, all previous studies as well as the newly available data I analyze find that the retired aged dissave and that even the working aged dissave at very advanced ages. These findings are consistent with the life cycle model and suggest that this model is highly applicable in the case of Japan.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w12351

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