NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Mitsuyo Ando

Faculty of Economics
Keio University
2-15 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 108-8345
JAPAN

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

August 2005The Formation of International Production and Distribution Networks in East Asia
with Fukunari Kimura
in International Trade in East Asia, NBER-East Asia Seminar on Economics, Volume 14, Takatoshi Ito and Andrew K. Rose, editors
December 2003The Formation of International Production and Distribution Networks in East Asia
with Fukinari Kimura: w10167
The international production and distribution networks consist of vertical production chains and distribution networks extended across a number of countries. This paper claims that the international production and distribution networks in East Asia present distinctive characters in their significance in the regional economy, their geographical extensiveness involving a large number of countries in the region, and their sophistication of both intra-firm and arm's-length relationships across different firm nationalities. The paper starts from reviewing crucial changes in policy framework observed in the developing East Asian countries a decade ago and sketching the theoretical thoughts explaining the mechanics of international production and distribution networks. Then, the empirical part...

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