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Innovation and Employment Growth in Japan: An empirical analysis based on micro data of the Basic Survey of Business Structure and Activity (Japanese)


  • YoungGak KIM
  • IKEUCHI Kenta
  • KWON Hyeog Ug
  • FUKAO Kyoji


Using firm level panel data taken from the Basic Survey of Japanese Business Structure and Activities between 1991 and 2010, we examine the relationship between innovation, excessive labor, and employment growth in Japan. The main results of this paper are as follows: (1) There are relatively many firms holding excessive labor. (2) The degree of the excessive labor is serious for large firms. (3)Firms do not adjust employment instantly. If excessive labor for the current term exists, firms gradually reduce employment. This result is consistent with theoretical model considering adjustment cost. (4) Other things being equal, as firms invest aggressively in research and development (R&D), they increase employment. (5) The negative correlation between total factor productivity (TFP) growth and employment growth is observed, whereas TFP growth by R&D has a positive impact on employment. (6) The product innovation that is proxied by R&D positively affects employment in the manufacturing sector. On the other, in the non-manufacturing sector, the process innovation that is proxied by capital formation increases employment.

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  • YoungGak KIM & IKEUCHI Kenta & KWON Hyeog Ug & FUKAO Kyoji, 2016. "Innovation and Employment Growth in Japan: An empirical analysis based on micro data of the Basic Survey of Business Structure and Activity (Japanese)," Discussion Papers (Japanese) 16002, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
  • Handle: RePEc:eti:rdpsjp:16002

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