Constraints on the Level and Efficient Use of Labor in Japan

30 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2003

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Hiroshi Ono

Texas A&M University

Marcus E. Rebick

University of Oxford - Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies

Date Written: February 2003

Abstract

We examine a number of personnel practices, laws and regulations that lower the supply of labor in the Japanese economy. Broadly speaking, there are two kinds of impediments, those that restrict the movement of labor between firms, and those that discourage women from participating to a greater extent. Using other OECD countries and especially the United States as a benchmark, we estimate that removal of these barriers would increase the productive labor supply in Japan by some 13 to 18 percent and thus could raise the potential growth rate of the Japanese economy by roughly 1% per annum over a ten-year period.

Suggested Citation

Ono, Hiroshi and Rebick, Marcus E., Constraints on the Level and Efficient Use of Labor in Japan (February 2003). NBER Working Paper No. w9484. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=379269

Hiroshi Ono

Texas A&M University ( email )

Department of Sociology
College Station, TX 77843-4351
United States
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Marcus E. Rebick (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies ( email )

27 Winchester Road
Oxford OX2 6NA
United Kingdom
(44 1865) 274 571 (Phone)
(44 1865) 274 574 (Fax)

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