Technological Progress by Small and Medium Enterprises in Japan

Posted: 24 Nov 2009

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Shujiro Urata

Waseda University-Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies

Hiroki Kawai

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2002

Abstract

This paper examines various aspects of total factor productivity across different firm sizes in Japan. It shows that larger firms have higher total factor productivity levels and growth than smaller firms. There are, however, some exceptions to this pattern especially in the electric machinery sector where small firms tend to have the edge. The paper also finds that two distinctive characteristics of small and medium firms, the practice of subcontracting and the use of external patents, are positively related to total factor productivity growth while the availability of subsidized public loans is not.(Publication abstract)

Keywords: Experimental/primary research, Government lending programs, Technological progress, Firm productivity, Firm size, Firm growth, Technological change, Manufacturing industries, Firm growth, Patents, Loans

Suggested Citation

Urata, Shujiro and Kawai, Hiroki, Technological Progress by Small and Medium Enterprises in Japan (2002). Small Business Economics, Vol. 18, Issue 1-3, p. 53-67 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1511042

Shujiro Urata (Contact Author)

Waseda University-Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies ( email )

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Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-8050
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Hiroki Kawai

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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