CEPR-RIETI International Seminar

Global Network and Outsourcing


The increasing pace of globalization is greatly changing the character of the international division of labor in both inter- and intra-firm transactions. It has been pointed out that as European market integration evolves, international competitiveness tends to lie within certain tasks of a company, rather than at the industry or firm level. This fragmentation of the international division of labor will reduce predictability and have a significant impact on economic policy.

In Asia, international operations of Japanese manufacturing firms are rapidly developing. How far and rapidly their research and development functions will be outsourced offshore will have severe ramifications on the future course of the Japanese economy. It is imperative, therefore, to deepen understanding of this aspect of the economy and to discuss its policy implications.

In tackling this complex and provocative subject, RIETI is pleased to announce its second international joint seminar with the Centre for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR), the prominent European think-tank. Leading scholars from the CEPR and RIETI will present their most recent findings and discuss the resultant policy implications.


  • Time and Date:
    14:00-17:00, Monday, November 26, 2007
  • Location:
    RIETI, 11th Floor, Annex, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), 1-3-1, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
  • Language:
    English / Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation; accepts only the first 40 people)
  • Hosts: Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: RIETI
    Ms. Chieko Ishihara
    Tel: 03-3501-1375

*Seminar NOT for quotation

*Summary will be published on the RIETI website



14:00-14:20 Welcome and Opening Remarks

OIKAWA Kozo (Chairman, RIETI)


FUJITA Masahisa

14:20-15:00 Presentation by Richard BALDWIN

"Great Unbundling"

15:00-15:10 Comments on presentation

15:10-15:25 Q&A and discussion

15:25-15:40 Break

15:40-16:20 Presentation by WAKASUGI Ryuhei, TOMIURA Eiichi, and ITO Banri

"Offshore Outsourcing and R&D: New Evidence of Japanese Manufacturing Firms"

16:20-16:30 Comments on presentation

16:30-16:45 Q&A and discussion

16:45-16:50 Concluding remarks

FUJITA Masahisa