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Import variety and productivity in Japan

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  • Craig R. Parsons

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    (Yokohama National University)

  • Anh Thu Nguyen

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    (Yokohama National University)

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    This paper constructs import variety indices, as developed by Feenstra (1994), for 21 industries over a twenty year period for Japan. Next, both single-equation and panel regressions of productivity (TFP) on import variety and R&D are conducted. Results find that increased import variety, both own-variety and upstream inputs, positively affect productivity.

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    Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

    Volume (Year): 29 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 1947-1959

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    Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-09-00244

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    Keywords: variety index; imports; growth; TFP; Japan;

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