Does inheritance taxation reform promote to build inexpensive rental housing?

Naoto Mikawa, Shohei Yasuda, Norifumi Yukutake

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The inheritance taxation reform of 2015 in Japan substantially increased the amount of tax levied on large inheritances. This potentially served as a good incentive for people to build inexpensive low-rise apartments for tax savings, which increased the number of low-cost apartments. Therefore, this study investigates the effect of inheritance taxation reform on housing rents. Using the difference-in-differences method, we reveal that the inheritance taxation reform decreased the housing rents of wooden or light steel-framed apartments by 1.3%. Moreover, our results indicate that while the rental of slightly older housings belonging to the treatment group decreased, the rental of new housing belonging to the treatment group did not change.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101255
JournalJournal of The Japanese and International Economies
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Jun


  • Building structure
  • Inheritance tax
  • Japan
  • Rental housing market

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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