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Technological leadership and late development:evidence from Meiji Japan, 1868-1912

Tang, John


Large family-owned conglomerates known as zaibatsu have long been credited with leading Japanese industrialization during the Meiji period (1868-1912), despite a lack of empirical analysis. Using a new dataset collected from corporate genealogies to estimate entry probabilities, it is found that characteristics associated with zaibatsu increase a firm's likelihood of being an industry pioneer. In particular, first entry probabilities increase with industry diversification and private ownership,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Economic History Review
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0289.2009.00530.x


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