Initial Explorations into the Spatial Structure of the Japanese Regional Economies

Geoffrey J. D. Hewings, Michael Sonis

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Comparative analysis of economies has usually focused on the share of production activities accounted for by specific sectors. In this paper, attention is directed to comparative analysis of the economic structure of a set of Japanese regional economies. Using the concept of the multiplier product matrix applied to input-output tables, a visualization the economic structure can be obtained. By specifying one structure as a numeraire, comparative analysis can reveal the nature of similarities and differences. A further elaboration in the form of feedback loops provides insights in the nature and strength of interregional interdependencies. Hence, both internal and external interdependencies can be revealed and changes in these structures over time can be highlighted.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocioeconomic Environmental Policies and Evaluations in Regional Science: Essays in Honor of Yoshiro Higano
EditorsHiroyuki Shibusawa, Katsuhiro Sakurai, Takeshi Mizunoya, Susumu Uchida
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9789811000997
ISBN (Print)9789811000973, 9789811090813
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameNew Frontiers in Regional Science: Asian Perspectives
ISSN (Print)2199-5974
ISSN (Electronic)2199-5982


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