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Declining long-term employment in Japan

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  • Kawaguchi, Daiji
  • Ueno, Yuko

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This paper documents the secular decline of average job tenure in Japan based on microdata from two representative government surveys: the household-based Employment Status Survey (ESS) and the establishment-based Basic Survey on Wage Structure (BSWS). Male workers born in 1970 have experienced about 20% fewer years of job tenure than those born in 1944 at a given age, based on an analysis of ESS data. The decline of the long-term employment relationship is uniformly observed across firm sizes and industries. Among job changers, the fraction of voluntary job changes, as well as that of job changes associated with wage increase, has been stable.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of the Japanese and International Economies.

Volume (Year): 28 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 19-36

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jjieco:v:28:y:2013:i:c:p:19-36

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Keywords: Economic stagnation; Human capital; Implicit contract; Long-term employment;

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  1. KAWAGUCHI Daiji & MORI Yuko, 2014. "Winning the Race against Technology," Discussion papers 14017, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
  2. Ryuta Ray Kato & Hiroaki Miyamoto, 2012. "Fiscal Stimulus and Labor Market Dynamics in Japan," Working Papers EMS_2012_19, Research Institute, International University of Japan.
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