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Import variety and productivity in Japan

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  • Craig R. Parsons

    () (Yokohama National University)

  • Anh Thu Nguyen

    () (Yokohama National University)

Abstract

This paper constructs import variety indices, as developed by Feenstra (1994), for 21 industries over a twenty year period for Japan. Next, both single-equation and panel regressions of productivity (TFP) on import variety and R&D are conducted. Results find that increased import variety, both own-variety and upstream inputs, positively affect productivity.

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  • Craig R. Parsons & Anh Thu Nguyen, 2009. "Import variety and productivity in Japan," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 29(3), pages 1947-1959.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-09-00244
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    Keywords

    variety index; imports; growth; TFP; Japan;

    JEL classification:

    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • F0 - International Economics - - General

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