Labor turnover in the USA and Japan: A tale of two countries

Alan S. Blinder, Alan B. Krueger

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The labor turnover rate in Japan is less than half the US level. A small-scale survey of companies that operate in both Japan and the USA was conducted to examine reasons for the discrepancy. The main findings are that Japanese human resource policies, including steep seniority-earnings profiles, extensive fringe benefits, participatory management, and a reluctance to recruit experienced workers from other firms, contribute to the lower Japanese turnover rate. Additionally, workers of Japanese descent in the USA have a somewhat lower labor turnover rate than other Americans, suggesting some role for cultural differences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-57
Number of pages31
JournalPacific Economic Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics


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