Research Programs: Human Capital

The Changing Japanese Labor Market: A perspective and desirable policy responses

Project Leader/Sub-Leader


KAWAGUCHI Daiji (Faculty Fellow)



The Japanese labor market has gone through rapid changes represented by the declining significance of Japanese employment practices and shrinking employment in the manufacturing sector. Notwithstanding its importance, the driving factors for the observed changes, their welfare implications, and desirable policy responses have not been fully discussed yet. This project aims at finding explanations for the changes, offering a future perspective, and deriving policy implications from three different angles: structural changes, changes caused by temporary macroeconomic shocks, and regional employment.

May 21, 2013 - May 31, 2015

Major Research Results


RIETI Discussion Papers