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The Internationalization and Performance of Korean and Japanese Firms: An Empirical Analysis Based on Micro-data

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  • Sanghoon Ahn
  • Kyoji Fukao
  • Hyeog Ug Kwon

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Both Korea and Japan are leading exporting countries of advanced manufactured products, and the competitive and efficient manufacturing activities are important pillars of the affluence of the two economies. Yet, comparing the manufacturing sectors of the two countries in the 1990s brings to light a startling contrast in their performance. Applying the same empirical method to the analysis of micro-data for Japanese manufacturing firms for 1994-2001 and Korean manufacturing plants for 1990-98, this paper examines differentials in Japanese and Korean productivity growth. This paper focuses on the role of competition in firm dynamics and on the importance of internationalization as a major determinant of firm performance.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) in its series Discussion papers with number 05008.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2005
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Handle: RePEc:eti:dpaper:05008

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Cited by:
  1. Toshihiko Mukoyama, 2009. "On the Establishment Dynamics in the United States and Japan," IMES Discussion Paper Series 09-E-16, Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, Bank of Japan.
  2. Sanghoon Ahn & nd Jong-Wha Lee, 2007. "Integration and Growth in East Asia," IMES Discussion Paper Series 07-E-14, Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, Bank of Japan.
  3. Oh, Inha & Heshmati, Almas & Baek, Chulwoo & Lee, Jeong-Dong, 2006. "Comparative Analysis of Firm Dynamics by Size: Korean Manufacturing," Ratio Working Papers 94, The Ratio Institute.
  4. Kyoji Fukao & Hyeog Ug Kwon, 2004. "Why Did Japan's TFP Growth Slow Down in the Lost Decade?: An Empirical Analysis Based on Firm-Level Data of Manufacturing Firms," Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series d04-50, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
  5. Jeong-Dong Lee, 2009. "Industry Dynamics and Productivity Research," TEMEP Discussion Papers 200929, Seoul National University; Technology Management, Economics, and Policy Program (TEMEP), revised Nov 2009.

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