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Role of Inter-firm Transactions on Industrial Agglomeration: Evidence from Japanese firm-level data

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  • NAKAJIMA Kentaro
  • SAITO Yukiko
  • UESUGI Iichiro

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This paper investigates the role of inter-firm transaction structure on industrial agglomeration by using Japanese firm-level transaction relationship data. First, we measure the industrial agglomeration for each industry. Next, we measure the intensity of transactions and inequalities of transaction partners as the measures of the micro structure of transaction networks in each industry. Then, we regress the index of agglomeration by the indexes of transaction structure. We find that the intensity of intra-industry transactions statistically enforces the agglomeration. Further, the inequality of transaction partners has a negative effect on the agglomeration. This suggests that the industries that attract a few hub-firms have a large number of intra-industry transaction partners that are not agglomerated.

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  • NAKAJIMA Kentaro & SAITO Yukiko & UESUGI Iichiro, 2013. "Role of Inter-firm Transactions on Industrial Agglomeration: Evidence from Japanese firm-level data," Discussion papers 13021, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
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    1. SAITO Yukiko, 2013. "Role of Hub Firms in Geographical Transaction Network," Discussion papers 13080, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
    2. Nakajima, Kentaro & Saito, Yukiko Umeno & Uesugi, Iichiro, 2012. "The Localization of Interfirm Transaction Relationships and Industry Agglomeration," Working Paper Series 17, Center for Interfirm Network, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
    3. NAKAJIMA Kentaro, 2012. "Transactions as a Source of Agglomeration Economies: Buyer-seller matching in the Japanese manufacturing industry," Discussion papers 12021, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
    4. Itoh, Ryo, 2014. "Tax discrimination against inter-firm networks," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 49(C), pages 25-35.
    5. Kentaro Nakajima & Yukiko Saito & Iichiro Uesugi, 2012. "The Localization of Interfirm Transaction Relationships," ERSA conference papers ersa12p503, European Regional Science Association.
    6. NAKAJIMA Kentaro & SAITO Yukiko Umeno & UESUGI Iichiro, 2012. "Localization of Interfirm Transaction Relationships and Industry Agglomeration," Discussion papers 12023, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).

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