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International production networks in ASEAN economies

Taguchi, Hiroyuki and Murofushi, Harutaka (2014): International production networks in ASEAN economies. Published in: Chapter III, Report on the potentials of the Asian economic zones (March 2014): pp. 16-43.


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This chapter examines the international production network (IPN) development mainly by focusing on ASEAN economies. The emphases through the findings and observations can be highlighted as follows: the IPNs have actually been developed since 1990s in ASEAN, especially in Mekong region with rapid way; the IPN development has been accompanied with win-win relationships of industrial activities among ASEAN economies; and an economy’s IPN participation has contributed to its GDP growth with dynamic “smile curve” development path with upgrading industrial capacities. For further penetration of IPNs at the edge of ASEAN, there should be several issues to be cleared such as enhancing regional connectivity.

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