Initial Explorations into the Spatial Structure of the Japanese Regional Economies

  • Geoffrey J. D. HewingsEmail author
  • Michael Sonis
Part of the New Frontiers in Regional Science: Asian Perspectives book series (NFRSASIPER, volume 24)


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.


Multiplier product matrix Feedback loops Structural decomposition Japanese regional economies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Regional Economics Applications LaboratoryUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA
  2. 2.Bar Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael

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