Constraints on the Level and Efficient Use of Labor

Hiroshi Ono and Marcus E. Rebick

in Structural Impediments to Growth in Japan

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780226060217
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226060231 | DOI:
Constraints on the Level and Efficient Use of Labor

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This chapter addresses impediments to the growth of the labor supply that are affecting the economy. It first outlines the state of Japanese labor in 2001, focusing on the extent to which institutions long seen as characteristic of the Japanese labor market have stayed the same or have been changing. The chapter then discusses labor law and its consequences. Next, it looks at impediments to the mobility of career employees (primarily men) that may be affecting growth and examines reasons why female labor-force participation may be lower than levels seen in the United States. A quantitative perspective of the barriers is presented, including their overall implications for economic growth; the role of government policy in removing the barriers is considered; and some areas in need of further research are identified.

Keywords: labor supply; Japanese labor market; labor law; employee mobility; female employees; labor-force participation

Chapter.  13759 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business and Management

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