Research Programs: Raising Industrial and Firm Productivity

East Asian Firm-Level Productivity Project

Project Leader/Sub-Leader

ITO Keiko

ITO Keiko (Faculty Fellow)



While Asian firms have been rapidly increasing their importance in the global market in recent years, Japanese firms tend to decrease their market penetration particularly in the case of final goods or consumer goods market. The purpose of this project is to investigate and understand why the market penetration of Japanese firms has been reduced, why Asian firms such as Korean and Chinese firms have been catching up with Japanese firms so rapidly, and how Japanese firms should compete with such firms. For this purpose, we undertake international comparative studies on firm dynamics and productivity levels and growth for East Asian countries, mainly utilizing firm-level or plant-level data for Japanese, Chinese, and Korean firms.

April 19, 2011 - March 31, 2013

Major Research Results


RIETI Discussion Papers


RIETI Discussion Papers

RIETI Policy Discussion Papers


RIETI Discussion Papers