RIETI-IZA World of Labor Policy Symposium

Reforming Labor Market Institutions to Promote Elderly Employment (Handouts)

  • Time and Date: 13:00-18:00, Tuesday, May 26, 2015
  • Venue: Iino Hall & Conference Center Room A
    (2-1-1 Uchisaiwai-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

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Handouts

Opening Remarks

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FUJITA Masahisa (President and CRO, RIETI / Professor, Konan University / Adjunct Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University)

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Masahisa Fujita previously served as Professor in the Department of Economics / Regional Science at the University of Pennsylvania; Professor of the Institute of Economic Research at Kyoto University; and President of the Institute of Developing Economies - JETRO (2003-2007). He also served as the President of Japanese Economic Association (2009-2010). He is a member of the Japan Academy (2010-). He holds a PhD in regional science from the University of Pennsylvania. His research and teaching interests are urban economics, regional economics, international trade, and spatial economics.
Major works: Urban Economic Theory, Cambridge University Press,1989; The Spatial Economy: Cities, Regions, and International Trade, MIT Press, 1999 (with P. Krugman and A.J. Venables); Economics of Agglomeration: Cities, Industrial Location, and Regional Growth, Cambridge University Press, 2002 (with J. Thisse), 2013 (2nd edition); Regional Integration in East Asia: From the Viewpoint of Spatial Economics (editor), Macmillan, 2007.
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Opening Remarks and Introduction of "IZA World of Labor"

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Alessio J. G. BROWN (Director of Strategy and Research Management, IZA)

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Dr. Alessio J. G. Brown is Director of Strategy and Research Management at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), an independent research institute and think tank as well as the largest network of economists around the world. Prior to joining IZA he was Executive Director of the Global Economic Symposium (GES) as well as Senior Economist and Head of Research Area "Reforming the Welfare Society" at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. He also worked at Senior Consultant for the World Bank. His main research interests are in the field of labor economics with a strong policy focus especially in the areas of employment incentives and policies, globalization and welfare state reform as well as labor market models and dynamics.
Recent works: "An Incentive Theory of Matching" (with Christian Merkl and Dennis J. Snower), Macroeconomic Dynamics (2015) 19, 3, pp. 643-668. "Active Labor Market Programs: Employment Gain or Fiscal Drain?" (with Johannes Koettl), forthcoming, IZA Journal of Labor Economics.

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Keynote Speeches

"Age Discrimination Laws and Age Discrimination in the United States"

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David NEUMARK (Professor of Economics, the University of California, Irvine / Research Fellow, IZA)

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David Neumark (PhD in Economics, Harvard University, 1987) is Chancellor's Professor of Economics at the University of California, Irvine, where he directs the Center for Economics & Public Policy, and is a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Prior to joining the faculty at UCI, Neumark was an Economist at the Federal Reserve Board, an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Professor at Michigan State University. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
He edits the IZA Journal of Labor Policy and co-edits the Journal of Urban Economics. Recent works: "More on Recent Evidence on the Effects of Minimum Wages in the United States" (with J.M. Ian Salas, and William Wascher), IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 2014, Vol. 3, No. 24, "Did Age Discrimination Protections Help Older Workers Weather the Great Recession?" (with Patrick Button), Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2014, Vol. 33, pp. 566-601).

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"What/How Dismissal Regulation Affects the Elderly Employment and Youth Employment"

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Juan F. JIMENO (Head of the Research Division, the Bank of Spain / Research Fellow, IZA)

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Juan F Jimeno (PhD in Economics, MIT, 1990) is Head of the Research Division of Banco de España since October 2004. Previously, he was Professor of Economics at Universidad de Alcalá (Madrid), Senior Researcher at FEDEA, and Lecturer at the London School of Economics. He is also a Research Fellow of CEPR and IZA, and eEditor of the IZA Journal of Labor Policy. Currently, he is visiting DG-Research of the ECB under a Duisenberg fellowship. His research focuses on labor markets and macroeconomic issues. He has published in leading economics journals such as American Economic Review, Journal of the European Economic Association, European Economic Review, Economic Journal, Journal of Population Economics, and Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics.
Recent works: "The crisis of the Spanish economy" (joint with Tano Santos), SERIEs, August 2014, Volume 5, Issue 2-3, pp 125-141, "Returns to skills and the distribution of wages: Spain 1995-2010" (joint with Raquel Carrasco and Carolina Ortega), Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2014, doi: 10.1111/obes.12077
He joined IZA as Research Fellow in October 1999.

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"Relations between Employment Situation and Legislative Reform of Elderly Employment"

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KONDO Ayako (Associate Professor of Economics, Yokohama National University)

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Ayako KONDO (PhD in Economics, Columbia University, 2009) is an Associate Professor at Yokohama National University, Faculty of International Social Sciences from 2013. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at Osaka University, Institute of Social and Economic Research (2009-2011) and an Associate Professor at Hosei University, Faculty of Economics (2011-2013). She has been a TCER Fellow of the Tokyo Center of Economic Research since 2011. Her research interest includes Public Economics, Labor Economics and Applied Microeconomics.

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Panel Discussion: "Promoting Employment of the Elderly: Evidence-based Policy Making"

Introduction: "Changing the Japanese Way of Working Through the Introduction of Limited-type Regular Employment Practices"

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TSURU Kotaro (Chair of Employment Working Group, The Regulatory Reform Council, Cabinet Office / Program Director and Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Graduate School of Business and Commerce, Keio University)

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Dr. Tsuru was formerly a Senior Fellow at RIETI (2001-2012), a Research Economist at the Bank of Japan (2000-2001), a Staff Economist in the Economics Department, OECD, Paris (1995-2000), and a Government Economist in the Economic Planning Agency of the Japanese government (1984-1995). His research includes comparative institutional analysis and labor market institutions (e.g. "Employment Protection and Productivity: Evidence from Firm-level Panel Data in Japan" coauthored with Hiroko Okudaira and Miho Takizawa, Applied Economics, 45(15), pp. 2091-2105, 2013.). Dr. Tsuru received his PhD in Economics from University of Oxford (St. Antony's College).
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Discussion / Q&A

Panelist (in order of appearance)

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David NEUMARK (Professor of Economics, the University of California, Irvine / Research Fellow, IZA)

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Juan F. JIMENO (Head of the Research Division, the Bank of Spain / Research Fellow, IZA)

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KONDO Ayako (Associate Professor of Economics, Yokohama National University)

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TSURU Kotaro (Chair of Employment Working Group, The Regulatory Reform Council, Cabinet Office / Program Director and Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Graduate School of Business and Commerce, Keio University)

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KAWAGUCHI Daiji (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor of Economics, Hitotsubashi University / Research Fellow, IZA)

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He received a PhD in Economics from Michigan State University, M.A. in Economics from Hitotsubashi University and B.A. from Waseda University. Prior to teaching at Hitotsubashi University, he taught at Osaka University and University of Tsukuba. He is specialized in Labor Economics and Applied Econometrics. His research interests include transition of Japanese labor market, evaluation of labor policy, and international comparison of labor market. His recent papers include "Labor-market Institutions and Long-Term Effects of Youth Unemployment" coauthored with Tetsushi Murao, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 2014.
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