Business Groups and Trade in East Asia: Part 2, Product Variety
AbstractWe analyze the impact of market structure on the trade performance of South Korea, Taiwan and Japan. Korea has many large, vertically-integrated business groups known as chaebol, whereas business groups in Taiwan are smaller and more specialized in the production of intermediate inputs. We test the hypothesis that the greater vertical integration in Korea results in less product variety than for Taiwan, by constructing indexes of product variety and `product mix' in their exports to the United States. It is found that Taiwan tends to export a greater variety of products to the U.S. than Korea, and this holds across all industries. In addition, Taiwan exports relatively more high-priced intermediate inputs, whereas Korea exports relatively more high-priced final goods. A comparison with Japan is also presented, and we find that Japan has greater product variety in its sales to the U.S. than either Taiwan or Korea.
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Publication status: Published as "Business Groups and Product Variety in Trade: Evidence from South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan", Journal of International Economics, Vol.47 ,no. 2 (April 1999).
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- Robert Feenstra & Tzu-Han Yang & Gary G. Hamilton & Pierpaolo Battigalli, 2003. "Business Groups and Trade in East Asia: Part 2, Product Variety," Working Papers 9614, University of California, Davis, Department of Economics.
- Robert C. Feenstra & Tzu-Han Yang & Gary G. Hamilton, . "Business Groups And Trade In East Asia: Part 2, Product Variety," Department of Economics 96-14, California Davis - Department of Economics.
- F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
- D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
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