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FY 2008/2009 Research Topic: 2-04
Compilation and Application of Trade Indices IV


The purpose of this research project is as follows:

  1. Consideration of the use of UN Comtrade Database trade statistics with particular reference to problems in the estimation of trade matrices, which form the framework for trade relations models, together with an evaluation of the consistency of trade statistics and their correction to the extent feasible.

  2. Compilation of consistent trade matrices and trade statistics with a focus on East Asian countries and regions and the US, using the classification codes of the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC) (upper level classification code), the 24 sectors of the International Input-Output Table (IO24), the International Standard Industrial Classification of all Economic Activities (ISIC), and Classification by Broad Economic Categories (BEC).

  3. Calculation of Laspeyres and Paasche indices and chain-weighted versions of both for each classification code for each country. In addition, study of these different forms of index, in particular their usefulness in the case of problems arising from changes in quality.

  4. International comparison, comparison between countries and comparison of world trade indices and national trade indices for each classification code.

  5. In addition to methodological considerations, the implementation of a variety of empirical studies applying economic analysis to trade indices, including a study of the relationship between trade indices and international competitiveness.


NODA Yosuke

Members of the Research Project

NODA Yosuke
KINOSHITA Soshichi (Honorary Professor, Nagoya University)
FUKAO Kyoji (Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University)
KAJIWARA Hirokazu (Professor, Takushoku University)
KUMAKURA Masanaga (Associate professor, Osaka City University)
NAKAMURA Jun (Economic statistics researcher)