Is Labor Market Mismatch a Big Deal in Japan?

Author/Editor:

Ippei Shibata

Publication Date:

September 17, 2013

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Despite its low unemployment rate, the recent shift in the Japanese Beveridge curve indicates increased labor mismatch. This paper quantifies the age, employment-type (full or part-time), and occupational mismatch in the Japanese labor market following Sahin and others (2013). Between April 2000 and April 2013, the age mismatch has steadily declined while the occupational and employmenttype mismatch has shown a countercyclical pattern, showing a sharp increase during the global financial crisis. Occupational mismatch accounted for approximtely 20-40 percent of the recent rise in the unemployment rate in Japan. The magnitude was comparable to that of the U.K. and the U.S.

Series:

Working Paper No. 13/196

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 17, 2013

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484392270/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2103196

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

26

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