Physical and Human Capital Deepening and New Trade Patterns in Japan

Keiko Ito and Kyoji Fukao

in International Trade in East Asia

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780226378961
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226379005 | DOI:
Physical and Human Capital Deepening and New Trade Patterns in Japan

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This chapter investigates the changing international trade patterns and their effect on factor intensities in Japan, mainly focusing on the manufacturing sector. The factor content analysis showed that Japan's factor content net exports of capital and nonproduction labor have grown rapidly, while net exports of production workers have fallen by a large amount. The findings also indicate that specialization in the export of skilled labor-intensive products may have partly contributed to the increase in the relative demand for skilled labor within industry.

Keywords: international trade; factor intensities; Japan; manufacturing sector; exports of capital; nonproduction labor; production workers; labor specialization; skilled labor

Chapter.  16247 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business and Management

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