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Windfall Profits and Vertical Relationships: Who Gained in the Japanese Auto Industry from VERs?

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  • Ries, John C

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This paper employs an event study to analyze the effect of the 1981 voluntary export restraint agreements on profits in the Japanese automobile industry. Stock price movements of seven Japanese automakers and sixty-nine of their suppliers are examined. The results indicate that the profits of Japan's producers of passenger cars rose as a result of the voluntary export restraints, while only some suppliers, large ones and those producing specialized parts or services, appear to have shared the benefits. Voluntary export restraints increased profits for some firms in the Japanese auto industry but many suppliers did not share the windfall. Copyright 1993 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Journal of Industrial Economics.

Volume (Year): 41 (1993)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 259-76

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  1. Bruce A. Blonigen & KaSaundra Tomlin & Wesley W. Wilson, 2002. "Tariff-jumping FDI and Domestic Firms' Profits," NBER Working Papers 9027, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Greaney, Theresa M., 1996. "Import now! An analysis of market-share voluntary import expansions (VIEs)," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 40(1-2), pages 149-163, February.
  3. Qiu, Larry D. & Spencer, Barbara J., 2002. "Keiretsu and relationship-specific investment: implications for market-opening trade policy," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 58(1), pages 49-79, October.
  4. Boardman, Anthony & Vertinsky, Ilan & Whistler, Diana, 1997. "Using information diffusion models to estimate the impacts of regulatory events on publicly traded firms," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 63(2), pages 283-300, January.
  5. Zhou, Dongsheng & Vertinsky, Ilan, 2002. "Can protectionist trade measures make a country better off? A study of VERs and minimum quality standards," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 55(3), pages 227-236, March.
  6. Tain-Jy Chen & Meng-chun Liu, 1995. "Bilateral Negotiations and Multilateral Trade: The Case of Taiwan-U.S. Trade Talks," NBER Working Papers 5324, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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