Unemployment risk and buffer-stock saving: An empirical investigation in Japan

Shun ichiro Bessho, Eiko Tobita

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The purpose of this paper is to investigate, using micro data, the strength in Japan of the precautionary saving motive. While numerical simulations suggest the economic importance of precautionary saving, the empirical evidence is mixed. In this paper, we apply the buffer-stock saving model and focus on the effect of unemployment risk on wealth accumulation. We find that uncertainty has a positive and statistically significant effect on the wealth-to-income ratio, and that buffer-stock savings account for 6 or 15 percent of net financial assets. Housing loans and expenditures associated with children decrease this ratio.

元の言語English
ページ(範囲)303-325
ページ数23
ジャーナルJapan and The World Economy
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発行部数3
DOI
出版物ステータスPublished - 2008 8 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations

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