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Port capital formation and economic development in Japan: A vector autoregression approach


  • Tetsu Kawakami


  • Masayuki Doi



Applying the lag-augmented vector autoregression approach developed by Toda and Yamamoto (1995), we analyse the causal relationships among GDP, private capital, transport user cost, and port capital in Japan, and investigates the dynamic and accumulated effects of port capital formation on other variables from 1966 to 1997. Results from our analysis indicate that the causal relationships between port capital and other variables are significant. Port capital development leads to accrual of considerable magnitudes of both flow and stock effects. We conclude that structural economic effects of forming port capital are substantial for Japan. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2004

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  • Tetsu Kawakami & Masayuki Doi, 2004. "Port capital formation and economic development in Japan: A vector autoregression approach," Economics of Governance, Springer, vol. 83(4), pages 723-732, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:ecogov:v:83:y:2004:i:4:p:723-732 DOI: 10.1007/s10110-004-0214-2

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