Japan: Minimum wages as a policy tool

A new IMF report discusses whether increases in the minimum wage in Japan will succeed in raising wage growth. It concludes: “In order to revamp growth and permanently exit deflation, Japan needs vigorous wage growth. The government has recognized this and announced substantial increases in the minimum wage and we empirically estimate its impact on average wages. Our econometric results suggest that the 3 percent hourly minimum wage increase could cause monthly wages to increase by about 1.5 percent on a year-on-year basis. The minimum wage policy should be complemented by other income policies—e.g. a “soft target” for wage growth and increases in public wages to create cost-push pressures in line with the inflation target.”

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