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Productivity convergence of manufacturing industries in Japanese MEA

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  • Kazuhiko Kakamu
  • Mototsugu Fukushige

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The study presents (1) the convergence of labour productivity in manufacturing industries in Japanese MEAs during 1985 to 2000, using Markov chain transition matrix and (2) the speed of convergence to an ergodic distribution. The results indicate that (1) the labour productivities of all MEAs converge to different levels in the long-run and (2) its speed is as slow as the Solow's growth model.

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  • Kazuhiko Kakamu & Mototsugu Fukushige, 2006. "Productivity convergence of manufacturing industries in Japanese MEA," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 13(10), pages 649-653.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:13:y:2006:i:10:p:649-653
    DOI: 10.1080/13504850500400371
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    1. Seya, Hajime & Tsutsumi, Morito & Yamagata, Yoshiki, 2012. "Income convergence in Japan: A Bayesian spatial Durbin model approach," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 29(1), pages 60-71.
    2. Jurgen Essletzbichler & Kazuo Kadokawa, 2010. "The Evolution of Regional Labour Productivities in Japanese Manufacturing, 1968-2004," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(9), pages 1189-1205.
    3. Fukushige, Mototsugu & Ishikawa, Noriko, 2007. "Decomposing interregional differentials in productivities: An empirical analysis for Japanese data," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 97(3), pages 240-246, December.

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