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FY 2006/2007 Research Topic: 4-34
Comprehensive Study on Taiwan I: Growth and Transformation of Firms and Industries


Taiwan's economy has changed tremendously during the past one or two decades. While small and medium sized enterprises, which were important exporters of labor-intensive manufacturing goods in the 1970s and 1980s, have shifted their production abroad, capital- and skill-intensive industries have steadily developed. At the same time the service industry has also grown rapidly and its ratio to GDP has increased remarkably. Large firms have been the main players in these sectors. Our research project aims at understanding these changes from a comprehensive and long-term historical perspective. The problems to resolve are as follows: what caused some industries to grow and others to decline?; What led to the change in the size distribution of the firms?; What kind of competitive advantages do Taiwanese firms have in overseas production?; How do they construct those advantages?; What roles have the government and the public sector played?; And what limits do the capital- and skill-intensive industries and service industries face? By analyzing these problems, we believe we will be able to reconsider the path to today of Taiwan's economy and foresee its direction in the future.


April 2006 - February 2008


Members of the Research Project

SATO Yukihito
ITO Shingo (Senior Economist, Mizuho Research Institute)
AKABANE Jun (Senior Researcher, Mitsubishi Research Institute)
KITABA Michiko (Lecturer, Hosei University)