Research Programs: Raising Industrial and Firm Productivity

Competitiveness of Japanese Firms: Causes and Effects of the Productivity Dynamics

Project Leader/Sub-Leader


With the growth of firms in emerging economies, how to enhance the competitiveness of firms is becoming one of the most important concerns for policy makers and business leaders in Japan. This project attempts to address this issue, using large-scale firm- and plant-level data in Japan. The project consists of the following three main studies:

1) Study on the resource misallocation and productivity distribution of Japanese firms
2) Study on the production and cost structure of Japanese firms
3) Study on the relationship between productivity and firms' entry into export market

Through these studies, we expect that this project provides us with new findings to help the deeper understanding of the competitiveness of Japanese firms and to provide policy implications to enhance the competitiveness of Japanese firms.

April 15, 2013 - March 31, 2015

Major Research Results


RIETI Discussion Papers


RIETI Discussion Papers

RIETI Policy Discussion Papers