Industrial relocation policy, productivity and heterogeneous plants: Evidence from Japan
AbstractDo regional policies for promoting periphery development attract high- or low-productivity firms? Though whether policies improve the core-periphery productivity gap hinges on this question, no consensus is found in theoretical models. This paper uses plant-level data covering all regions in Japan during the period of active relocation policies. Our estimation results from plant-level regressions and propensity-score matching show that the average productivity of plants is significantly low in regions targeted by relocation policy programs. By comparing productivity distributions across plants before and after the start of each policy program, we find that low-productivity plants are attracted to targeted regions.
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Industrial relocation policy; Subsidy; Productivity; Plant-level data;
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- Toshihiro Okubo & Eiichi Tomiura, 2011. "Industrial relocation policy, productivity and heterogeneous plants: Evidence from Japan," Keio/Kyoto Joint Global COE Discussion Paper Series 2011-011, Keio/Kyoto Joint Global COE Program.
- R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
- R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy
- H32 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Firm
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