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Research Projects

FY 2007/2008 Research Topic: 1-10
Economics of East Asian Economic Integration

Outline

The remarkable progress of economic integration of EU and NAFTA in the 1990s inspired the recent movement toward integration in East Asia. At present in East Asia, a general framework has emerged for deepening the integration of all countries in the area, with the ASEAN+3 countries forming the core. It is widely expected that further progress in trade and investment along this framework will accelerate the growth of the East Asian economy. However, at the same time, there is concern that the integration will intensify disparities among countries and regions in the area.

In this research project, we carry out comprehensive studies on various issues involving East Asian economic integration, such as the formation of industrial clusters, siting of MNEs, development of trade/transport networks, energy and environmental issues, international labor mobility, etc. The study results will be compiled to produce a handbook on East Asian economic integration, which will provide researchers, policymakers and other experts with a common basis for further developing discussions and studies on effective strategies and policies in this area.

Organizer

Members of the Research Project

NISHIKIMI Koji
HIRATSUKA Daisuke
KUMAGAI Satoru
ISONO Ikumo
GOKAN Toshitaka
KONO Hisaki
MACHIKITA Tomohiro
FUJITA Masahisa (President and Chief Research Officer, RIETI)
HAMAGUCHI Nobuaki (Associate Professor, Kobe University)
HORII Nobuhiro (Associate Professor, Kyushu University)

Publications

A handbook of East Asian economic integration will be published in 2009 as the final result of this project.