Retirement Saving in Japan: With Emphasis on the Impact of Social Security and Retirement Payments

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In this paper, we apply Kazuo Sato's target wealth hypothesis to saving for life after retirement and analyze the impact of social security wealth, retirement payments, permanent income, and other factors on people's retirement saving using micro data from the Survey of Social Security and Self Help, which was conducted in 1996 by the Japan Institute of Life Insurance. Our findings provide strong confirmation of the target wealth hypothesis and of the life cycle model and imply that the Japanese take account of their future social security benefits and retirement payments, their permanent income, etc., when saving for life after retirement. J. Japan. Int. Econ., June 2001, 15(2), pp. 131-159. Graduate School of Economics, and Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University, 6-1, Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka, 567-0047, Japan. Copyright 2001 Academic Press. Journal of Economic Literature Classification Numbers: D12, D91, E21, H55.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-159
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of the Japanese and International Economies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jun


  • Life cycle
  • Permanent income
  • Public pension
  • Retirement payments
  • Retirement saving
  • Social security
  • Target wealth


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