Skip to main content

Product quality and regional accessibility to knowledge among Japanese manufacturing industries

Abstract

This paper develops an analytical framework for a multiregional market in monopolistic competition. Regional firms compete on the basis of research and development activities which are designed to increase the quality of their products. Product quality is related to the size of each firm's knowledge-handling workforce and its accessibility to stocks of knowledge. A case study into five major R&D-intensive manufacturing industries reveals that accessibility to local sources of knowledge is a crucial factor in the location decisions of Japanese firms. Face-to-face communication is shown to be just as effective for knowledge workers in the Kansai Region as for those in Tokyo.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

References

  1. Andersson ÅE (1981) Structural change and economic development. Reg Sci Urban Econ 11:351–361

    Google Scholar 

  2. Andersson ÅE, Anderstig C, Hårsman B (1987) Knowledge and communications infrastructure and regional economic change. CERUM Working Paper 1987:25, University of Umeå

  3. Batten DF, Kobayashi K, Andersson ÅE (1989) Knowledge, nodes, and networks: An analytical perspective. In: Andersson ÅE, Batten DF, Karlsson C (eds) Knowledge and industrial organization. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg New York

    Google Scholar 

  4. Beckmann M (1993) Knowledge networks: the case of scientific interaction at a distance. Ann Reg Sci 27:5–9

    Google Scholar 

  5. Cornes R, Sandler T (1986) The theory of externalities, public goods and club goods. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK

    Google Scholar 

  6. Dasgupta P, Stiglitz JE (1980) Industrial structure and the nature of innovation activity. Econ J 90:266–293

    Google Scholar 

  7. Kobayashi K, Batten DF, Andersson ÅE (1991) The sequential location of knowledge-oriented firms over time and space. Papers Reg Sci 70(4):381–397

    Google Scholar 

  8. Mansfield E (1968) Industrial research and technological change. Norton, New York

    Google Scholar 

  9. Mansfield E, Rapport J, Schnee J, Wagner S, Hamburger M (1971) Research and innovation in the modern corporation. Norton, New York

    Google Scholar 

  10. Nash J (1951) Non-cooperative games. Ann Math 54:286–295

    Google Scholar 

  11. Nelson RR, Peck MJ, Kalachek ED (1967) Technology, economic growth and public policy. Brookings Institution, Washington, DC

    Google Scholar 

  12. Romer PM (1990) Endogenous technological change. J Polit Econ 98:71–102

    Google Scholar 

  13. Scherer FM (1980) Industrial market structure and economic performance, 2nd edn. Houghton Mifflin, Boston

    Google Scholar 

  14. Schumpeter JA (1942) Capitalism, socialism and democracy. Harper, New York

    Google Scholar 

  15. Stiglitz JE, Mathewson GF (eds) (1986) New developments in the analysis of market structure. Macmillan, Hampshire, UK

    Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Affiliations

Authors

Additional information

The first author acknowledges financial support from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science towards the work described in this paper. He is also indebted to Kyoto and Tottori universities for their generosity and cooperation during his visiting periods in Japan.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Batten, D.F., Kobayashi, K. Product quality and regional accessibility to knowledge among Japanese manufacturing industries. Ann Reg Sci 27, 79–94 (1993). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01581834

Download citation

Keywords

  • Product Quality
  • Environmental Economic
  • Local Source
  • Analytical Framework
  • Development Activity