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Hiroshi Ono

Hitotsubashi University
Graduate School of International Corporate Strateg
2-1-2 Hitotsubashi
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
101-8439 Japan
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February 2003Constraints on the Level and Efficient Use of Labor in Japan
with Marcus E. Rebick: w9484
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.

Published: Hiroshi Ono & Marcus Rebick, 2003. "Constraints on the Level and Efficient Use of Labor," NBER Chapters, in: Structural Impediments to Growth in Japan, pages 225-258 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

January 2003Constraints on the Level and Efficient Use of Labor
with Marcus Rebick
in Structural Impediments to Growth in Japan, Magnus Blomström, Jennifer Corbett, Fumio Hayashi and Anil Kashyap, editors
 
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