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Foreign Help Wanted: Easing Japan’s Labor Shortages
- Giovanni Ganelli (Deputy Head of the IMF's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (OAP) in Tokyo)
- Naoko Miake (Economist at the International Monetary Fund)
As Japan’s labor force decline, Japan is increasingly facing labor shortages. To what extent can foreign labor help Japan’s economy? To address this question, Giovanni Ganelli and Naoko Miake of the International Montary Fund recently published a paper Foreign Help Wanted: Easing Japan’s Labor Shortages (https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/wp/2015/wp15181.pdf). They will discuss their report and engage a discussion with the audience on the results of their research. (They will be speaking in a private capacity, not on behalf of the IMF or any other organization).
Deputy Head of the IMF's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (OAP) in Tokyo
Giovanni Ganelli, an Italian national, is the Deputy Head of the IMF’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (OAP) in Tokyo. Giovanni has worked for the Fund since 2003. Before joining OAP, he also worked in the IMF Institute and in the European and Fiscal Affairs Departments at the Fund Headquarters in Washington DC. He is currently a member of the IMF Japan Article IV team and, during his IMF career, Giovanni has participated in program, surveillance, and capacity building missions to various countries, including Albania, Austria, China, Czech Republic, Georgia, India, Mauritius, Moldova, Singapore and Slovenia. Giovanni has a PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick and an undergraduate degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. His research has been published in various academic journals (including the Journal of International Economics, Macroeconomic Dynamics and the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control) and focuses on the effects of fiscal policy in New Keynesian models and, more recently, on structural reforms in Japan.
Personal WebPage: http://ideas.repec.org/e/pga55.html
Economist at the International Monetary Fund
Naoko Miake is an economist at the International Monetary Fund. She is a graduate of the University of Tokyo (BA, economics), Tokyo Medical and Dental University (MMA, and Ph. D. in health policy and medical administration) and holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the IMF, she worked with the World Bank, Booz and Co., was a lecturer at Keio University and an economist with the Bank of Japan and J.P. Morgan.