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U.S. R&D and Japanese Medium Term Cycles

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  • R. Anton Braun

    () (Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo)

  • Toshihiro Okada

    () (School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University)

  • Nao Sudo

    () (Institute for Monetary and Economics Studies, Bank of Japan)

Abstract

Between 1960 and 1990 Japanese labor productivity rose from 27 percent of the U.S. to 87 percent. These productivity gains are associated with large variations in Japanese TFP. We find that movements in Japanese TFP are associated with prior movements in U.S. R&D expenditures. Model simulations that isolate the contribution of U.S. R&D to Japanese TFP reproduce the most important swings in Japanese economic activity between 1960 and 2002.

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  • R. Anton Braun & Toshihiro Okada & Nao Sudo, 2008. "U.S. R&D and Japanese Medium Term Cycles," Discussion Paper Series 43, School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University, revised Oct 2008.
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    1. Kosaka Michiru Sakane, 2013. "News-driven international business cycles," The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, De Gruyter, vol. 13(1), pages 1-43, May.
    2. R. Anton Braun & Yuichiro Waki, 2006. "Reply," The Japanese Economic Review, Japanese Economic Association, vol. 57(2), pages 358-359.
    3. Otsu Keisuke, 2009. "A Neoclassical Analysis of the Postwar Japanese Economy," The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, De Gruyter, vol. 9(1), pages 1-30, May.
    4. Fumio Hayashi & Edward C. Prescott, 2008. "The Depressing Effect of Agricultural Institutions on the Prewar Japanese Economy," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 116(4), pages 573-632, August.
    5. R. Anton Braun & Daisuke Ikeda & Douglas H. Joines, 2009. "The Saving Rate In Japan: Why It Has Fallen And Why It Will Remain Low," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 50(1), pages 291-321, February.
    6. Anton Braun, R. & Esteban-Pretel, Julen & Okada, Toshihiro & Sudou, Nao, 2006. "A comparison of the Japanese and U.S. business cycles," Japan and the World Economy, Elsevier, vol. 18(4), pages 441-463, December.
    7. R. Anton Braun & Tomoyuki Nakajima, 2009. "Pareto Optimal Pro-cyclical Research and Development," CIRJE F-Series CIRJE-F-617, CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo.

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    Keywords

    Network Medium term cycles; R&D;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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