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Labor Demand and the Structure of Adjustment Costs in Japan

  • Andrew Hildreth and Fumio Ohtake

Recent work by Hamermesh (1989) has emphasised that it is wrong to assume that employers adjust continuously in response to demand shocks. Using data provided by a Japanese company we examine the nature of adjustment costs at different levels of aggregation in Japan.

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Paper provided by University of Essex, Department of Economics in its series Economics Discussion Papers with number 469.

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  1. Caballero, Ricardo J & Engel, Eduardo M R A & Haltiwanger, John, 1997. "Aggregate Employment Dynamics: Building from Microeconomic Evidence," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 87(1), pages 115-37, March.
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  5. Katharine G. Abraham & Susan N. Houseman, 1992. "Job Security and Work Force Adjustment: How Different are U.S. and Japanese Practices?," Book chapters authored by Upjohn Institute researchers, in: Giorgio Galeazzi & Daniel Hamermesh (ed.), Dynamic Labor Demand and Adjustment Costs, pages 280-301 W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
  6. Hart, Robert A & Malley, Jim, 1996. "Excess Labour and the Business Cycle: A Comparative Study of Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 63(250), pages 325-42, May.
  7. Brunello, Giorgio, 1988. "Organizational adjustment and institutional factors in Japanese labour market adjustment: An empirical evaluation," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 32(4), pages 841-860, April.
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