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Guy Meredith, and Ulrich Baumgartner
Published Date:
April 1995
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    Reprinted June 1995

    Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

    Saving behavior and the asset price “bubble” in Japan : analytical studies/Ulrich Baumgartner, Guy Meredith; with a staff team comprising Juha Kähkönen … [et al].

    • p. cm. — (Occasional Papers, ISSN 0251-6365; no. 124)

    • Includes bibliographical references.

    • ISBN 1-55775-462-4

    • 1. Saving and investment—Japan. 2. Stocks—Prices—Japan. 3. Financial crises—Japan. 4. Japan—Economic conditions—1945-1989. I. Baumgartner, Ulrich, 1946-. II. Meredith, Guy.

    III. Kähkönen, Juha. IV. Series: Occasional paper (International Monetary Fund); no. 124.

    HC465.S3S25 1995

    332.63’222’0952—dc20 95-10141


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    This Occasional Paper is based on research papers prepared in connection with the IMF’s recent Article IV consultations with Japan. The authors are grateful for the cooperation of the Japanese authorities in the preparation of these studies. They would also like to thank Bijan B. Aghevli for his encouragement and support of the project, and Daniel Citrin, Yusuke Horiguchi, Kenji Okamura, Chikahisa Sumi, and Christopher Towe for their valuable comments. Thanks are also due to Harish Mendis and Toh Kuan for research assistance, and to Elizabeth Elliott, Prabha Job, and Tammy Shear for secretarial support. James McEuen of the External Relations Department edited the paper for publication and coordinated production. The views expressed here, as well as any errors, are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Government of Japan, Executive Directors of the IMF, or other members of the IMF staff.

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