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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Wages, work intensity and unemployment in Japan, UK and USA
Author(s): Darby, Julia
Hart, Robert A
Vecchi, Michela
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Keywords: Unemployment
Labour Hoarding
Wage Determination
Wages Inflation (Finance) United Kingdom
Wages Inflation (Finance) United States
Wages Inflation (Finance) Japan
Labor supply
Unemployment Rates
Issue Date: May-2001
Date Deposited: 31-Mar-2008
Citation: Darby J, Hart RA & Vecchi M (2001) Wages, work intensity and unemployment in Japan, UK and USA. Labour Economics, 8 (2), pp. 243-258.;
Abstract: This paper looks at wage inflation in the UK, the US and Japan. We focus in particular on the impact of excess labour supply. Rather than measuring excess supply of labour purely in terms of registered unemployment, we extend the usual analysis to look at the impact of excess supply of workers within the firm. As is well known, firms may 'hoard', or under utilise, labour which effectively means that, internally, more hours are supplied than demanded at given wages. Our key conclusion is that results based on recorded unemployment rates alone seriously underestimate the flexibility of real wages.
DOI Link: 10.1016/S0927-5371(01)00028-8
Rights: Published in Labour Economics by Elsevier.

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