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Agglomeration effects of inter-firm backward and forward linkages: evidence from Japanese manufacturing investment in China

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  • Nobuaki Yamashita
  • Toshiyuki Matsuura
  • Kentaro Nakajima

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This paper examines the agglomeration effects of multinational firms on the location decisions of first-time Japanese manufacturing investors in China for the period 1995-2007. This is accomplished by exploiting newly constructed measures of inter-firm backward and forward linkages formed in a home country. The conditional and mixed logit estimates reveal that agglomeration by first-tier suppliers and customers draws subsequent investment into a location. However, such agglomeration effects are not pervasive and do not extend to the second and third tiers. Instead, we find that agglomeration by third-tier suppliers generates a countervailing force, making a location relatively unattractive.

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  • Nobuaki Yamashita & Toshiyuki Matsuura & Kentaro Nakajima, 2014. "Agglomeration effects of inter-firm backward and forward linkages: evidence from Japanese manufacturing investment in China," AJRC Working Papers 1401, Australia-Japan Research Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
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