The Impact of Cultural Aversion on Economic Exchange: Evidence from Shocks to Sino-Japanese Relations
Raymond J. Fisman
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Boston University
Center on Japanese Economy and Business; University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business - Finance and Business Economics Department
University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business
AFA 2013 San Diego Meetings Paper
Marshall School of Business Working Paper No. FBE 4.13
We study the impact of cultural aversion on international economic relations by analyzing market reaction to two major adverse shocks to Sino-Japanese relations in 2005 and 2010. Japanese companies with high China exposure decline disproportionately during each event window; Chinese companies with high Japanese exports similarly suffer relative declines. The effect on Japanese companies is concentrated in industries dominated by Chinese state-owned enterprises, where there is greater incentive and ability to intervene, while the negative impact on Chinese firms is primarily for consumer-focused companies. Our results suggest an important impact of cultural frictions on economic relations, and highlight that institutional context is important for understanding the mechanisms underlying this effect.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 35
Keywords: cultural bias, China-Japan relations, consumer sentiment, trade
JEL Classification: F13, F51, G14, G15
Date posted: March 15, 2012 ; Last revised: February 2, 2014
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