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FY 2014/2015 Research Topic: C-28
Economic Analysis of Trade Agreements


It is now widely understood that entry into global supply chains is important for developing countries. Furthermore, the recent development of global supply chains reveals the insufficiency of the World Trade Organization (WTO) for further trade liberalization. Demand for deeper integration and more individualized agreements than those achieved by the WTO has been increasing. The goal of this research project is to provide economic analysis of trade agreements with particular attention to topics including FDI, trade in services, offshoring, and worker mobility. Furthermore, this project will cover the issues of social clauses that are often built into preferential trade agreements (PTAs). There is still plenty of room to examine the role of trade agreements in the economic activities mentioned above. In addition, the accumulation of empirical analysis on trade agreements is still lagging relative to theoretical analysis. This particularly holds true for the PTAs between Japan and developing economies. Filling this gap is another goal of this project.


April 2014 - March 2016

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] SATO Hitoshi
[ Co-researchers ] TANAKA Kiyoyasu
[ Co-researchers ] ITO Tadashi
[ Co-researchers ] ISHIDO Hikari (Professor, Chiba University)
[ Co-researchers ] KAMATA Isao (Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin- Madison)
[ Co-researchers ] KOMORIYA Yoshimasa (Associate Professor, Chuo University)
[ Co-researchers ] MUKUNOKI Hiroshi (Professor, Gakushuin University)


  • First Year: Interim Report
  • Second Year: IDE Research Bulletin