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  • The Saving Behaviour of Japanese Households
Author
  • Kenichi Kawasaki
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  • preprint
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  • This paper surveys Japanese saving behaviour, whose rate is one of the highest among OECD countries. Macroeconomic factors such as rates of economic growth and inflation may have been important in explaining the high saving rate in the past and the more recent downward trend. Even though growth is now rather lower than in the past, there remain important structural factors which explain the high rate of saving. The most important of these relates to demographic factors. Government policies and cultural and institutional factors seem to have played a relatively less important role. In the coming years, rapid ageing of the population is likely to have an important effect on the rate of saving. The Japanese saving rate is expected to show a substantial decline beyond the year 2000 according to life-cycle model simulations. The implications of this for domestic investment and international saving/​investment balances may be important ... Ce document étudie l'attitude des Japonais face à l'épargne, épargne dont le taux est l'un des plus élevés parmi les pays de l'OCDE. Des facteurs macroéconomiques tels que le taux de croissance économique et le taux d'inflation peuvent avoir joué un rôle important et expliquer ce niveau élevé atteint par le passé et la tendance plus récente à la baisse. Bien que la croissance soit à présent relativement plus faible que par le passé, d'importants facteurs structurels subsistent qui expliquent le taux d'épargne élevé. Parmi ceux-ci le plus important est d'ordre démographique. Les politiques gouvernementales, les facteurs culturels et institutionnels semblent avoir joué un moindre rôle. Dans les années à venir, un vieillissement rapide de la population risque d'avoir des répercussions importantes sur le taux d'épargne. D'après les simulations fondées sur le modèle du cycle de vie, le taux d'épargne japonais devrait connaître un déclin substantiel au-delà de l'an 2000, ce qui pourrait ...
  • RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:73-en
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