Discussion Papers

How Did the Japanese Exports Respond to Two Crises in the International Production Network?: The Global Financial Crisis and the East Japan Earthquake

By Mitsuyo ANDO, Fukunari KIMURA

ERIA Discussion Paper 2012-01

Posted: January 2012


This paper analyzes the impact of two massive shocks, the 2008-2009 Global Financial Crisis and the 2011 East Japan Earthquake, on Japanese exports, focusing on the characteristics of domestic/international production networks in machinery industries. Using monthly data of Japanese bilateral exports at the most disaggregated level, we decompose the fall and recovery of Japanese exports into intensive and extensive margins and also examine the exits and re-entries by applying logit estimation and survival analysis. Episodes of both shocks confirm the stability and robustness of production networks and the enhancing link with East Asia. On the other hand, differences between two shocks seem to generate differential impacts on corporate behavior.


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