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TitleGender Inequalities in the Japanese Workplace and Employment [electronic resource] : Theories and Empirical Evidence / by Kazuo Yamaguchi
ImprintSingapore : Springer Singapore : Imprint: Springer, 2019
Edition 1st ed. 2019
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Descript XIII, 267 p. 41 illus., 32 illus. in color. online resource


The in-depth analyses presented in this book have a dual focus: (1) Social mechanisms through which the gender wage gap, gender inequality in the attainment of managerial positions, and gender segregation of occupations are generated in Japan; and (2) Assessments of the effects of firms’ gender-egalitarian personnel policies and work–life balance promotion policies on the gender wage gap and the firms’ productivity. In addition, this work reviews and discusses various economic and sociological theories of gender inequality and gender discrimination and considers their consistencies and inconsistencies with the results of the analysis of Japanese data. Furthermore, the book critically reviews and discusses the historical development of the Japanese employment system by juxtaposing rational and cultural explanations. This book is an English translation by the author of a book he first published in Japanese in 2017. The original Japanese-language edition received two major book awards in Japan. One was The Nikkei Economic Book Culture Award, which is given every year by the Nikkei Newspaper Company and the Japan Economic Research Center to a few best books on economy and society. The other was The Showa University’s Women’s Culture Research Award, which is bestowed annually on a single book of research that promotes gender equality. Kazuo Yamaguchi is the Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago


1 Impediments to the Advancement of Women in the Japanese Employment System: Theoretical Overview and the Purpose of this Book -- 2 Determinants of the Gender Gap in the Proportion of Managers Among White-Collar Regular Employees -- 3 Chapter 3 Causes and Effects of Gender Occupational Segregation: Overlooked Obstacles to Gender Equality -- 4 Gender Income Disparity Among White-Collar Regular Employees: Explaining the Causes Responsible for 80% of the Disparity and Its Mechanisms -- 5 Impacts of Companies’ Promotion of Work–Life Balance and the Restrictive Regular Employment System on Gender Wage Gap -- 6 Empowerment of Women in the Workplace and Labor Productivity: Which Company Policies Are Effective and Why -- 7 Statistical and Indirect Discrimination: Revisiting the Incentive Problem -- 8 Gender Inequality and Its Irrationality: Implications from the Analytical Results -- Index

Culture—Economic aspects Labor economics Economic theory Sociology Gender and Economics. Labor Economics. Economic Theory/Quantitative Economics/Mathematical Methods. Social Structure Social Inequality. Gender Studies.


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