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Foreign Direct Investment and Keiretsu: Rethinking U.S. and Japanese Policy

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  • David E. Weinstein

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This paper focuses on two issues. First, a reexamination of the data on the level of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Japan suggests that foreign firms sell five to six times more in Japan than is commonly believed. Previous studies severely underestimated the stock of FDI in Japan due to poor data. Second, after finding that even after adjusting for various factors the level of FDI in Japan is still low, the paper explores explanations for this phenomenon. A second main conclusion is that government tax and financial policy continues to inhibit foreign takeovers through the promotion of stable shareholding.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 5612.

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Date of creation: Jun 1996
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Publication status: published as The Effects of US Trade Protection and Promotion Policies, R. Feenstra, ed.pp. 81-116, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997).
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:5612

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  1. Magnus Blomstrom & Denise Konan & Robert E. Lipsey, 2000. "FDI in the Restructuring of the Japanese Economy," NBER Working Papers 7693, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Robert C. Feenstra, . "Facts And Fallacies About Foreign Direct Investment," Department of Economics 98-04, California Davis - Department of Economics.
  3. Ito, Keiko & Fukao, Kyoji, 2005. "Foreign direct investment and trade in Japan: An empirical analysis based on the Establishment and Enterprise Census for 1996," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 19(3), pages 414-455, September.
  4. Fragkiskos Filippaios & Marina Papanastassiou & Robert Pearce, 2003. "The evolution of US outward foreign direct investment in the pacific rim: a cross-time and country analysis," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 35(16), pages 1779-1787.
  5. Barcena-Ruiz, Juan Carlos, 2003. "Politically preferred wage bargaining structures," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 19(2), pages 341-353, June.
  6. Michael S. Gibson, 1998. ""Big Bang" deregulation and Japanese corporate governance: a survey of the issues," International Finance Discussion Papers 624, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).

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