Why Are Japanese Wages So Sluggish?

Author/Editor:

Martin Sommer

Publication Date:

May 1, 2009

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Over the past decade, productivity-adjusted wages have grown at a slower pace in Japan than in other rich countries. This paper suggests that Japan's dualities between regular and "nonregular" labor market contracts and the relatively inefficient services sector have exacerbated the negative impact of globalization and technical change on the labor income share felt in all advanced economies. Reforms aimed at increasing productivity in services and reducing gaps in employment protection and benefits between regular and nonregular workers could help put Japan's wages on an upward trajectory in the medium term.

Series:

Working Paper No. 09/97

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

May 1, 2009

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451872446/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2009097

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

21

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