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FY 2010/2011 Research Topic: 4-18
Firm Organization, Non-regular Workers, and International Trade


This project investigates the structure of the employment relationships in firms in a globalizing economy, taking account of the fact that only firms with superior characteristics are engaged in international activity, such as exports, FDI, and global outsourcing. Firms in major Asian economies including Japan and Korea have come to use non-regular employees aggressively in recent years. The project aims to reveal policy implications for labor policy as well as trade policy for these economies.

For this purpose, the project attempts to develop a theoretical framework where firms choose the extent to which they use non-regular employees along with regular employees in an open economy. We will use the framework to examine the impact of various economic changes, such as a reduction in trade costs and economic development of emerging economies. We will statistically test predictions derived form the framework using the publicized data of Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Due to the limitation of data, we will also conduct case studies on a cross-country basis in order to supplement statistical analysis. 


2009/4 - 2011/3

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] SATO Hitoshi
[ Co-researchers ] MACHIKITA Tomohiro
TAKAYASU Yuichi ( Associate Professor, Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering,
University of Tsukuba )


  • Interim Report, March 2010
  • Submitted to Developing Economies, March 2011