The IMF Working Papers series is designed to make IMF staff research available to a wide audience. Almost 300 Working Papers are released each year, covering a wide range of theoretical and analytical topics, including balance of payments, monetary and fiscal issues, global liquidity, and national and international economic developments.
Boosting growth through rebalancing is critical for addressing pressures from Japan's aging population. This paper focuses on one important untapped source of growth - private consumption, and argues that the key to reviving consumption is boosting household disposable income through higher wages, especially in services, and higher property income. The paper also suggests that the impact of higher property income on consumption could be potentially large.