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Skew productivity distributions and agglomeration : evidence from plant-level Data

Auteur(s) et Affiliation(s)

OKUBO, T.
Faculty of Economics, Keio Univ., Tokyo, Japon
TOMIURA, E.
Dept. of Economics, National Univ., Yokohama, Japon


Description :
This paper empirically examines how the shapes of plant productivity distributions vary across regions based on Japan's manufacturing census. It focuses on the skewness to examine the asymmetry by estimating the gamma distribution at the plant level. By linking the estimated shape parameters with economic geography variables, it is found that the productivity distribution tends to be significantly left skewed, especially in cores, regions with diversified industrial compositions, regions with weak market potential and in agglomerated industries. These findings suggest that agglomeration economies are likely to accommodate heterogeneous plants with wide ranges of productivities.


Type de document :
Article de périodique

Source :
Regional studies, issn : 0034-3404, 2014, vol. 48, n°. 9, p. 1514-1528, nombre de pages : 15, Références bibliographiques : 1 p.

Date :
2014

Editeur :
Pays édition : Royaume-Uni, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press

Langue :
Anglais
Droits :
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