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Wages, work intensity and unemployment in Japan, UK and USA

Darby J, Hart RA & Vecchi M (2001) Wages, work intensity and unemployment in Japan, UK and USA, Labour Economics, 8 (2), pp. 243-258.

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.

Unemployment; Labour Hoarding; Wage Determination

Subject headings
Wages Inflation (Finance) United Kingdom; Wages Inflation (Finance) United States; Wages Inflation (Finance) Japan; Labor supply; Unemployment Rates

AuthorsDarby Julia, Hart Robert A, Vecchi Michela
Publication date05/2001
Publication date online30/04/2001
ISSN 0927-5371

Labour Economics: Volume 8, Issue 2 (2001)

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