Risk sharing in the supplier relationship: new evidence from the Japanese automotive industry
The Japanese corporate system is assumed to contain an implicit insurance mechanism in various aspects. This paper proves the existence of risk sharing mechanism in supplier relations in a different way from the previous studies, using a unique data set of Japanese automotive parts suppliers. The results suggest that the auto makers absorb a part of the business risk of the suppliers, in spite of recent structural changes in the supplier system: The relative stability of their profit rate is significantly influenced by the intensity of business relations.
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