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The products of efforts or the results of luck? The determinants of success the Japanese think

Lisa Ogata, Miki Kohara and Fumio Ohtake ()
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Lisa Ogata: Credit Guarantee Corporation of Osaka-shi

No 12J004, OSIPP Discussion Paper from Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University

Abstract: What do the Japanese think that social success is attributed to? Is success in life obtained by one's efforts or just by luck? This paper examines the Japanese formation of values on social success. The paper focuses on the effect of economic conditions around the time of graduation. We use the Japan Household Panel Survey on Consumer Preferences and Satisfaction, which is compiled by Osaka University in 2009. Controlling for individual heterogeneity and removing biases and measurement errors possibly raised by objective answers on value formation, those who faced a slump one year before their graduation tend to have values that social success is attributed to luck rather than to own efforts. In addition, there is an apparent difference in value formation between men and women. The men's values are determined by past experiences including the labor market conditions at the time of graduation and living conditions when they were grown up. In contrast, the women's values are determined by present conditions, especially not absolute but relative economic conditions.

Keywords: Formation of values; Economic conditions; Relative income; Japan (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: P16 E60 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
Date: 2012-03
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