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Japanese labour in the 1990s: stability and stagnation

Y Genda and ME Rebick

in Oxford Review of Economic Policy

Published on behalf of The Oxford Review of Economic Policy Ltd

Volume 16, issue 2, pages 85-102
Published in print June 2000 | ISSN: 0266-903X
Published online June 2000 | e-ISSN: 1460-2121 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxrep/16.2.85
Japanese labour in the 1990s: stability and stagnation

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We review the state of the labour market and employment practices in Japan over the past 15 years and try to evaluate the nature of the changes that have been occurring. We also look at how government policy has reacted to the conditions in the labour market and what implications this has for the future. Although there has been a continual shift of resources away from manufacturing and agriculture into services, employment practices have not been changing so rapidly, and job protection is actually stronger. This, along with wage restraint, accounts for why unemployment has only increased by some 2.5 percentage points during almost a decade of stagnation. We also note that much government policy has acted to maintain existing employment practices and that labour economists are divided as to whether or not this is a good thing.

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Subjects: Economic Development and Growth ; Public Economics ; Political Economy ; Public Policy

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