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Network structure of Japanese firms. Scale-free, hierarchy, and degree correlation: analysis from 800,000 firms

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We analyze fundamental characteristics of the inter-firm transaction network through the data of 800,000 Japanese firms. We find that there exists a hierarchical structure and a negative degree correlation in this transaction network. We also find that this undirected network is a scale-free network. We bring to light these characteristics of the network and discuss why there is an important need to conduct research work on the actual network structure.

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  • Konno, Tomohiko, 2009. "Network structure of Japanese firms. Scale-free, hierarchy, and degree correlation: analysis from 800,000 firms," Economics - The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), vol. 3, pages 1-13.
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    1. Biggiero, Lucio & Angelini, Pier Paolo, 2015. "Hunting scale-free properties in R&D collaboration networks: Self-organization, power-law and policy issues in the European aerospace research area," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 94(C), pages 21-43.
    2. Tomohiko Tomohiko, 2015. "Network Heterogeneity and a Coordination Game," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 35(4), pages 2462-2474.

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    Keywords

    Network of firms; scale-free network; complex network; hierarchy; degree correlation;

    JEL classification:

    • L16 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Industrial Organization and Macroeconomics; Macroeconomic Industrial Structure

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