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Organization Adjustments, Job Training and Productivity: Evidence from Japanese Automobile Makers

  • Kenn Ariga
  • Masako Kurosawa
  • Fumio Ohtake
  • Masaru Sasaki
  • Shoko Yamane

This paper considers the demand for job training and its interaction with organization adjustments through rotation within a team and relocation across teams in response to demand and supply shocks. The analysis includes estimations of determinants of on-the-job training, and of how much such training contributes to improvements in individual productivity. We employ original assembler survey data from two Japanese automobile makers. We also investigate effects of the characteristics of workplace practices, including the behavior of foremen, on the incentives for individual assemblers to seek job training and productivity improvements.

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Paper provided by Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University in its series ISER Discussion Paper with number 0784.

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Handle: RePEc:dpr:wpaper:0784
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  1. Kenn Ariga & Giorgio Brunello, 2006. "Are education and training always complements? Evidence from Thailand," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 59(4), pages 613-629, July.
  2. Hildreth, Andrew K. G. & Ohtake, Fumio, 1998. "Labor Demand and the Structure of Adjustment Costs in Japan," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 12(2), pages 131-150, June.
  3. Masako Kurosawa, 2001. "The Extent and Impact of Enterprise Training: The Case of Kitakyushu City," The Japanese Economic Review, Japanese Economic Association, vol. 52(2), pages 224-242.
  4. Krueger, Alan & Rouse, Cecilia, 1998. "The Effect of Workplace Education on Earnings, Turnover, and Job Performance," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 16(1), pages 61-94, January.
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