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Risk sharing in the supplier relationship: new evidence from the Japanese automotive industry

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  • Okamuro, Hiroyuki

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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Paper provided by Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) in its series Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Market Dynamics with number FS IV 97-18.

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Date of creation: 1997
Handle: RePEc:zbw:wzbmdy:fsiv9718
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