Assessing the Effects of Japanese Industrial Policy Change during the 1960s

Author: Kozo Kiyota, Tetsuji Okazaki
Date: 2016/4/1
No: DP2016-011
JEL Classification codes: F1, N15
Language: English
[ Abstract / Highlights ]

This paper provides a systematic analysis of the effects of the industrial policy change in the 1960s in Japan. We utilize a panel of 227 manufacturing industries between 1960 and 1969. We find that on the one hand, the removal of de facto import quotas had significantly negative effects on real output, real output per establishment, and employment. On the other hand, for those industries where import quotas were removed, tariff protection was effective in maintaining real output and employment. However, this does not necessarily mean the success of industrial policy change because neither tariff protection nor the removal of quotas contributed to productivity growth. In that sense, the industrial policy change had limited effects.