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FY 2011/2012 Research Topic: 4-21
Simulation Analysis of Multinational Activity in the Globalizing World


As individual firms have responded to trade and investment liberalization in developing countries by making direct investments and starting local production, foreign direct investment flows to developing countries have rapidly increased in recent decades. However, there is a limited understanding of what type of firms would respond to a change in policy and investment environments. This research project aims to simulate a pattern of offshore production by multinational firms on the basis of economic theory in order to quantify the impact of globalization, i.e., falling trade and investment costs, on individual firms. Specifically, we will perform a quantitative policy evaluation by simulating which firms invest abroad, which markets they invest in, and the extent of production of their foreign affiliates in response to in the lowering of barriers to foreign direct investment.


April 2011 - February 2012

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] TANAKA Kiyoyasu
[ Co-researchers ] ARITA Shawn
(University of Hawaii at Manoa, Natural Resources Environmental Management, Full-time Economist)


  • Submission to refereed journal