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Gains from Fragmentation at the Firm Level: Evidence from Japanese Multinationals in East Asia

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  • Kazunobu Hayakawa
  • Fukunari Kimura
  • Toshiyuki Matsuura

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The unprecedented development of production networks in East Asia has been investigated, both theoretically and empirically, employing the conceptual framework of fragmentation theory and its extensions. However, the benefits of production fragmentation at the firm level, particularly benefits deriving from different location advantages, have never been directly measured empirically. This paper presents the very first attempt, to the authorsf knowledge, to empirically capture the benefits of fragmentation. Specifically, using Japanese firm-level data, we find that the larger the gap in the capital-labor ratios between fragmenting firmsf home and overseas activities, the more greatly their cost efficiency improves.

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Paper provided by Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University in its series Global COE Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series with number gd09-094.

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Date of creation: Dec 2009
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Handle: RePEc:hst:ghsdps:gd09-094

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Keywords: Firm heterogeneity; multinational enterprises; fragmentation; factor intensity; micro data;

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  1. Fukunari Kimura, 2009. "The Nature and Characteristics of Production Networks in East Asia: Evidences from Micro/Panel Data Analyses," Global COE Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series gd09-093, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
  2. Kimura, Fukunari & Obashi, Ayako, 2011. "Production Networks in East Asia: What We Know So Far," ADBI Working Papers 320, Asian Development Bank Institute.

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