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The presentation will be given in English. The DIJ Business & Economics Study Group is intended as a forum for young scholars and Ph.D. candidates in the field of Business and Economics Studies. Everybody is welcome to attend, but kindly asked to register with



Firm Selection and the Evolution of Market Structure: Evidence from the Japanese Motorcycle Industry

2009年2月3日 - 10月20日 / 6.30 P.M.

Masatoshi Kato, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo

Using a newly constructed dataset, this paper explores firm selection and the evolution of market structure in the Japanese motorcycle industry. An important feature of the industry is that the number of firms grew and then declined sharply for the first 20 years in the post-war era, and consequently the industry evolved to be an oligopoly. To address what factors caused a shakeout of producers and shaped the structure of the industry, we examine the determinants of firm exit by conducting a duration analysis. It is found that initial firm size and order-of-entry have significant effects on firm exit, and that the firms which made early and large-scale entry tend to have advantages over late and small entrants. It is also found that product strategies played an important role in firm survival and consequently contributed to shaping the structure of the industry. Furthermore, we provide evidence that firms with pre-entry experience tend to survive longer.

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Dr. Kato is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo.