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Poaching, Courts, and Settlements:Complementarity of Governance in Labor Markets


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    (Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo)


Transition between private governance mechanism and the state court is not necessarily unidirectional. This research assumes that non-monotonic changes in governance mechanism comes from complementarity between the private and public mechanisms when neither of both is sufficiently efficient. Then it studies transition of governance in the labor market of Japanese silk-reeling industry from the 1890s to the 1920s, which rapidly grew then and often showed poaching, and ascertains that employers first had recourse to the court for enforcement of employment contract, they second built private mechanisms for settlement backed by the court, and third abandoned the private mechanism.

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Paper provided by Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo in its series ISS Discussion Paper Series (series F) with number f145.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jun 2009
Date of revision: 21 Jan 2014
Handle: RePEc:itk:issdps:f145

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Keywords: Employment contract; scope of the state court; complementarity between judicial and endogenous systems; Japan;

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  1. Lagerlöf, Nils-Petter, 2003. "Slavery and other property rights," MPRA Paper 372, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 30 Aug 2006.
  2. Federico,Giovanni, 2009. "An Economic History of the Silk Industry, 1830–1930," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521105262.
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