Manufacturing Enterprise in Asia: Size Structure and Economic Growth

1st Edition

Dipak Mazumdar, Sandip Sarkar

Routledge
Published August 14, 2012
Reference - 342 Pages - 27 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415623339 - CAT# Y138331
Series: Routledge Studies in the Growth Economies of Asia

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Summary

Issues relating to the size of firms in manufacturing are central to the discussion of development strategies. This book offers an interpretation of growth trajectories in selected Asian economies in terms of the size-structure of enterprises in the manufacturing sector of these economies.

The book presents a comparative survey of distribution of enterprises by size across Asia, including India, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Bangladesh and Vietnam. A broad survey of official data on the size structure of manufacturing helps to identify three distinct patterns of manufacturing sector development and makes the connection between enterprise development and the overall impact on the economy. The book goes on to investigate the problem of the peculiar dual size structure of manufacturing in India, with its two modes at the low and high end of the size distribution and conspicuous ‘missing middle’, and the effect that this has on the economy. This pattern is contrasted with the ‘East Asian, model with a more even size distribution, and the more recent experience of the newly developing countries of Asia with size distribution skewed to the right. It is an important contribution to studies on Asian Economics and Manufacturing Industries.

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