Work and Pay in the United States and Japan: Employment and Pay Systems in Japan and the United States / Edition 1

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In Work and Pay in the United States and Japan, authors Clair Brown, Yoshifumi Nakata, Michael Reich, and Lloyd Ulman provide an integrated and detailed analysis of the components of firm human resources systems in the US and Japan. Drawing on data obtained from fieldwork in comparable establishments in these two countries, as well as from national sources, this work examines the relationship between company practices and national economic institutions.

The authors address a number of key questions about employer-employee relations. How have major Japanese manufacturing companies been able to convert the assurance of "lifetime" employment security into a source of superior employee efficiency and adaptability, when job and income security have been feared as a source of "shirking" and wage inflation in the US? How have higher economic and real wage growth rates been associated with greater equality in earned income distribution in Japan, when the incentive role of income inequality to worker effort and savings has been stressed in the US? How could Japanese emphasis on employment security in the firm be reconciled with greater price stability and lower unemployment than in the US? This work analyzes elements such as employee training and involvement programs, wage behavior as an incentive system and an alternate channel of savings, and synchronous wage determination (shunto) at work in the Japanese economy that provide for such successes.

The book also explores the costs that have been associated with these Japanese accomplishments, as well as who must bear them. In particular, it examines how Japanese women compare less favorably with American women in terms of opportunities for work, pay, and promotion; the higher hours of working time for men in Japan than in the US; and the constraints on mobility for Japanese workers. It also poses the question of whether Japanese unions are weaker than their American counterparts, or just more sensible and far-sighted. Finally, this \ork examines the outlook for these distinctive Japanese institutions and practices in a period of slower growth and economic "maturity."

Based on a research project carried out in both countries, the book concludes with the lessons that each country can learn much from the employment practices of the other. Work and Pay in the United States and Japan will be essential reading for students, professors, and all professionals involved with employment systems and employer-employee relations.

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"The study provides a valuable comparative treatment of economic policies and global competitiveness."--Choice

"...a well-written survey of the main differences in empolyment and pay systems used by large manufacturing firms in the United States and Japan, with an emphasis on industrial relations, training, and pay design."--Journal of Economic Literature

"This is an empirically rich demonstration of the synergy between employment practices, job security, pay structure, and labor-management relations."--American Journal of Sociology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195115215
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Authors: Clair Brown, Michael Reich, and Lloyd Ulman are all Professors at the Institute of Industrial Relations at University of California, Berkeley. Yoshifumi Nakata is a Professor in the Department of Industrial Relations at Doshisha University in Japan.

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Table of Contents

1. Comparing Employment Systems
2. Security
3. Employee Involvement and Training
4. Pay Systems, Career Paths, and Earnings Inequality
5. Employers and Unions
6. National Wage Determination in Japan
7. Conclusion

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