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The Role of FDI and Industrial Clusters in Industrial Development: A Comparative Study of Thailand and India (2019_2_40_016)


By undertaking comparative case studies of the motorcycle, automobile, and food-processing industries in Thailand and India, this project explores how foreign direct investment (FDI) affects the development of industries in developing countries and why so many industries in developing countries are clustered. More specifically, we postulate hypotheses such that FDI contributes to industrial development by investing in the capacity-building of parts suppliers in developing countries and such that industrial clusters are formed in order to maintain and improve the quality of products by taking advantage of geographical proximity between contracting parties. If these hypotheses are supported empirically, the prevailing paradigms about the impacts of FDI and industrial clusters need to be reconsidered.


April 2019 - March 2021

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] Otsuka Keijiro (Kobe University, Research Fellow)
[ Co-researcher ] Aida Takeshi
[ Co-researcher ] Sato Takahiro (Kobe University, Professor)
[ Co-researcher ] Mishima Kohei (Keio University, Associate Professor)
[ Co-researcher ] Furuta Manabu (Aichi Gakuin University, Lecturer)
[ Co-researcher ] Osatis Chadatan (Chulalongkorn University, Post-doctoral Fellowship)
[ Co-researcher ] Tsusaka Takuji (Asian Institute of Technology, Assistant Professor)
  • IDE Research Bulletin
  • Discussion Paper