Title

Changing Unchanged Inequality: Higher Education, Youth Population, and the Japanese Seniority Wage System

Publication Type

Working Paper

Publication Date

9-2012

Abstract

Wage inequality declined in the 1990s and rose after 2000 among full-time male workers in Japan. Narrowing wage inequality in the 1990s can be accounted for by a decline in between-group inequality resulting from a stable return to education and decreased returns to experience and tenure. Widening wage inequality after 2000 can be accounted for by a rise in within-group inequality resulting from a relative increase in educated and experienced workers, as well as changes in heterogeneous returns to human capital.

Keywords

wage inequality, heterogeneous returns to human capital, composition effects, seniority wages

Discipline

Economics | Labor Economics

Research Areas

Applied Microeconomics

Publication

Global COE Hi-Stat Discussion Paper

Issue

243

First Page

1

Last Page

39

Publisher

Hitosubashi University

Additional URL

http://hermes-ir.lib.hit-u.ac.jp/rs/bitstream/10086/23219/1/gd12-243.pdf

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