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Non-regular Employment in Japan from the 1980s


  • Julen Esteban-Pretel

    (CUNY Queens College)

  • Junichi Fujimoto

    (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)


In Japan, unstable jobs have increased substantially since the 1980s. While a number of studies explore the source of increase in non-regular employment and its implications, there are still many issues to be uncovered. In this paper, we use the Japanese Labour Force Survey and Labour Force Survey Special Survey microdata to examine how the types of employment have shifted since the 1980s for workers disaggregated by age, gender, and marital status. In particular, we use two different concepts used in Japan to categorize worker by job security, one based on how the job is called at the workplace and the other based on the length of the contract, to obtain a fuller picture of job stability in Japan and its evolution over time. Our analysis reveals that the share of insecure jobs has increased in Japan since the 1980s widely across workers and rms of dierent characteristics.

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  • Julen Esteban-Pretel & Junichi Fujimoto, 2021. "Non-regular Employment in Japan from the 1980s," GRIPS Discussion Papers 21-01, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:ngi:dpaper:21-01

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