Labor markets and firm benefit policies in Japan and the United States

TitleLabor markets and firm benefit policies in Japan and the United States
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsOgura, S, Tachibanaki, T, Wise, DA
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
ISBN Number0-226-62094-8
KeywordsEmployment and Labor Force, Medicare/Medicaid/Health Insurance, Public Policy, Time Use

Thirteen papers, presented at a joint conference of the Japan Center for Economic Research and the National Bureau of Economic Research held in Hawaii in January 2000, study employment policies in Japan and the United States and relate recent economic and demographic changes in each country to employment practices and labor market trends. Papers discuss the rise of the United States to peak capitalist economy; the recent transformation of participatory employment practices in Japan; determinants of the shadow value of simultaneous information sharing in the Japanese machine tool manufacturing industry; youth employment in an aging Japanese society; total labor costs and the employment adjustment behavior of large Japanese firms; individual expenditures and medical saving accounts; three types of private coverage supplementing public insurance and their implications for medical care systems; option value estimation with Health and Retirement Study data; why the Japanese spend so much on drugs; the demand for health checkups under uncertainty; the role of firms in welfare provision; fringe benefit provision for female part time workers in Japan; and unions, the costs of job loss, and vacation. Ogura is at the Japan Center for Economic Research. Tachibanaki is at the Institute for Economic Research at Kyoto University. Wise is with the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Author and subject indexes.

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Wages/Labor Force/Time Allocation/Work Behavior/Union Status/Employment/Health Insurance/Public Policy

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