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The Vertical Division of Labor and Japanese Outward FDI: Impacts on Human Capital Deepening in Japan (in Japanese)

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  • Keiko Ito
  • Kyoji Fukao

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This paper empirically examines the impact of recent changes in Japan's trade patterns on domestic factor markets. According to our factor content analysis, Japan's net-exports changed in a direction that Japan has come to export more physical and human capital-intensive products over the past two decades. On the other hand, a major part of the macro-economic change in the capital-labor ratio and the change in the skilled-labor ratio can be attributed to a within-industry shift rather than a between-industry shift. Our empirical analysis provided evidence that the deepening of international division of labor contributed to skill upgrading in Japan. Vertical intra-industry trade and outward FDI had a strong positive effect on the increase in the share of skilled workers.

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Paper provided by Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University in its series Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series with number d05-115.

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Date of creation: Sep 2005
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Handle: RePEc:hst:hstdps:d05-115

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  1. Przemyslaw Kowalski & Margit Molnár, 2009. "Economic Impacts of the Phase-Out in 2005 of Quantitative Restrictions under the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing," OECD Trade Policy Papers 90, OECD Publishing.
  2. Ahn, Sanghoon & Fukao, Kyoji & Ito, Keiko, 2009. "The Impact of Outsourcing on the Japanese and South Korean Labor Markets: International Outsourcing of Intermediate Inputs and Assembly in East Asia," CEI Working Paper Series 2008-27, Center for Economic Institutions, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.

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