Tadashi Yamada, Tetsuji Yamada, Weihong Zeng, Chia-Ching Chen (2005.3) Why is Employee’s Overwork Prevalent in Japan, Despite the Adverse Effects on Health?. Institute of Policy and Planning Sciences Discussion Paper Series, 1108.
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- Tadashi Yamada, Tetsuji Yamada, Weihong Zeng, Chia-Ching Chen
- Why is Employee’s Overwork Prevalent in Japan, Despite the Adverse Effects on Health?
- Institute of Policy and Planning Sciences Discussion Paper Series, 1108
- The Japanese Government reports that the health of Japanese employees deteriorated in the 1990s when Japan suffered severe economic recessions. This paper examines the relationship between overtime work and health of employees. We present a theoretical model showing that overtime work causes health of individuals to deteriorate based on the hypothesis that overtime work is implicitly built into the promotion system in a firm. Using the data of 6,985 individuals from the first National Family Research in 1998 (NFR98) provided by the Social Science Japan Data Archive, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, our empirical results support our hypothesis and show strong associations among overtime work, health and socio-economic characteristics of individuals, as well as labor market conditions.
- overtime work, GHQ health index, promotion system
Created: 2012-02-20. Updated: 2012-03-28.