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Effect of Work-Life Balance Practices on Firm Productivity: Evidence from Japanese firm-level panel data

YAMAMOTO Isamu; MATSUURA Toshiyuki;
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2012
Abstract
This paper examines how firm practices that could contribute to worker attainment of work-life balance (WLB) affect the total factor productivity (TFP) of a firm, by using panel data of Japanese firms from the 1990s. We observed a positive correlation between the WLB practices and TFP among sampled firms. However, that correlation vanished when we controlled for unobserved firm heterogeneity, and we found no general causal relationship in which WLB practices increase firm TFP in the medium or long run. For firms with the following characteristicsmdash;large, manufacturing, and have exhibited labor hoarding during recessionsmdash;we found positive and sizable eff...
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