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Firm Productivity and Foreign Direct Investment in the Services Sector: A Firm-Level Analysis using Japanese Data

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  • Ayumu Tanaka
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    Using Japanese firm-level data, I examine whether multinational enterprises (MNEs) are more productive than non-MNEs in the services sector. I employ the Kolmogorov-Smirnov (KS) test to compare the overall distribution of productivity by multinational status. The results indicate that MNEs tend to be more productive than non-MNEs in the services sector and suggest that the standard firm heterogeneity model can well explain foreign direct investment (FDI) by firms in the services sector.

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    Paper provided by Graduate School of Economics Project Center, Kyoto University in its series Discussion papers with number e-11-008.

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    Length: 20 pages
    Date of creation: Feb 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:kue:dpaper:e-11-008

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    Keywords: Services sector; Firm heterogeneity; Multinationals; Foreign direct investment;

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