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Unemployment and labour force participation in Japan

  • Makoto Kakinaka
  • Hiroaki Miyamoto

This article studies a long-run relationship between the labour-force participation rate and the unemployment rate in Japan. By using cointegration analysis, we demonstrate that there exists a long-run relationship between the two variables for male workers but not for female workers. Furthermore, using labour-force data by age group, we find the added-worker effect for young males and the discouraged-worker effect for middle-aged and old male groups.

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Volume (Year): 19 (2012)
Issue (Month): 11 (July)
Pages: 1039-1043

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