Research Programs: Human Capital

Research on Diverse Work Styles, Health and Productivity

Project Leader/Sub-Leader

KURODA Sachiko

KURODA Sachiko (Faculty Fellow)



Will the Japanese labor market, which has faced major changes since 2020 in the wake of the exogenous shock of the COVID-19 pandemic, accept new ways of working and transform into a market that allows for more diverse work styles? How will people be affected by the increased freedom of working space, time, and timing? The objectives of this project are: 1) to scrutinize the progress of work style reforms promoted by the government to date, 2) to understand the actual trends of new work styles (telework and gig work) that have spread rapidly during the COVID-19 crisis, 3) to understand the impact of these changes in work styles on people's labor supply behavior and allocation of time in their lives, and 4) the impact of various work styles on health and productivity. This project will use a variety of data, including bank data, government statistics, company-owned personnel data, attendance data, and health-related data, to identify the actual status of new work styles and the relationship between diverse work styles and health and productivity, in order to present evidence on the ideal way of working that enables economic growth while promoting health.

January 4, 2023 - June 30, 2025

(During the research project period, the research activity period is set from January 4, 2023 to December 31, 2024, and the data usage reporting period is set from January 1, 2025 to June 30, 2025.)

Major Research Results


RIETI Discussion Papers