Cross-Border Outsourcing and Boundaries of Japanese Firms

A Microdata Economic Analysis

  • Eiichi Tomiura

Part of the Advances in Japanese Business and Economics book series (AJBE, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Eiichi Tomiura
    Pages 1-8
  3. Eiichi Tomiura
    Pages 31-52
  4. Eiichi Tomiura
    Pages 193-225
  5. Eiichi Tomiura
    Pages 227-235
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 237-251

About this book


This book is the first book that provides comprehensive economic analysis of cross-border outsourcing by Japanese manufacturing firms based on microdata. Previous literature on many other countries has often been constrained by limited data availability about outsourcing, but research contained in this book exploits unique firm-level data and directly tests theoretical hypotheses derived from new firm heterogeneity trade models. Productivity, capital–labor ratio and R&D intensity are examined at the firm level. While rich empirical results in this book convince us how powerful the orthodox economic theory is in understanding Japanese firms, detailed firm-level findings, combined with accessible and concise overviews of Japanese international trade, are widely informative for international economists, experts of Japanese society, business strategists for offshoring, and policy makers in both developed and developing economies. This book further discusses how boundaries of Japanese firms, traditionally sheltered by language and cultural barriers, are affected by outsourcing decisions simultaneously crossing national borders and firm boundaries. The interpretations of Japanese characteristics in outsourcing have deep implications for understanding drastically changing Japanese business amid globalization.


outsourcing offshoring firm-level data Japanese firms firm heterogeneity globalization

Authors and affiliations

  • Eiichi Tomiura
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  1. 1.Faculty of EconomicsHitotsubashi UniversityKunitachiJapan

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