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FY 2013/2014 Research Topic: B-402
BRICs Economy and Global Value (Supply) Chains: The Current Situation and Future Challenges


The rapid growing presence of BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China) in global value (supply) chains has attracted much attention recently. However, there is still no comprehensive and multi-faceted analysis on the nature and significance of BRICs economies and their connection with global markets. BRIC countries have a number of similarities in terms of their economic development process, and they are also facing some common challenges stemming from globalization as large emerging economies. On the other hand, due to differences between BRICs in the endowment of domestic resources and economic structures, a great variation exists in their responses to the global market.

Using the newly released IDE-JETRO's BRICs International Input-Output Table and other related data sources, this research aims to develop a comprehensive analysis that can provide a better understanding on the presence, mechanism and potential of BRICs economies in global markets from not only a country-specific perspective, but also from intra-regional, inter-regional and international viewpoints.
This research is based on the idea-exchange and discussion with Fudan University and the Shanghai WTO Affairs Consultation Center, and will be conducted in cooperation with these two research partners.


April 2013 - March 2015

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] MENG Bo
[ Co-researchers ] HASHIGUCHI Yoshihiro
SATO Hajime
KUBONIWA Masaaki (Professor by Special Appointment, Hitotsubashi University)
XUE Jinjun (Professor, Nagoya University)
SUDER Gabriele (Professor, SKEMA Business School, France)
ZHANG Yaxiong (Deputy Director-General, Economic Forecasting Department, China State Information Centre)
GUO Jiemin (Senior research fellow, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA))


  • First Year: Interim Report
  • Second Year: book (from Fudan University)