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Profit sharing, labour share and financial structure

Kenshiro Ninomiya () and Hiroyuki Takami ()
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Kenshiro Ninomiya: Shiga University
Hiroyuki Takami: Oita University

Evolutionary and Institutional Economics Review, 2018, vol. 15, issue 1, 89-111

Abstract: Abstract In this paper, we study the effects of the Profit-Sharing rule on an oligopolistic economy. Many believed that the Japanese economy was strong because Japan adopted the Profit-Sharing rule (or the Japanese management system) in the 1980s. However, Japan was trapped in a prolonged recession after the collapse of the bubble economy in the 1990s. The Japanese management system and its regulated financial system have come under criticism as factors of the crisis. We derive a condition that a firm and its union adopt the Profit-Sharing rule voluntarily and construct a macrodynamic model of financial instability. We demonstrate in this study that the Profit-Sharing rule in Japan further stabilises the economy when the financial structure of the economy is already stable.

Keywords: Financial structure; Profit-Sharing rule; Labour share; Wage- and profit-led regimes; Bargaining power of unions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J33 D43 E32 E37 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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