International Workshop

Frontiers in Research on Offshoring


Offshoring (such as foreign direct investment and foreign outsourcing) has played a crucial role in recent globalization. Offshoring affects both domestic and foreign production, employment, research and development (R&D), etc. Thus, it is useful for policymaking to investigate both the determinants and effects of offshoring. We hold an international workshop "Frontiers in Research on Offshoring" again this year. The objective of this workshop is to present frontier researches on offshoring.


  • Date: August 2, 2019
  • Venue: RIETI's seminar room #1119 & 1121 (METI Annex 11th floor)
  • Host(s): Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) / Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study


10:00-10:10 Opening Remarks

Makoto Yano (President and CRO, RIETI)

Jota Ishikawa (RIETI / Hitotsubashi U.)

Session 1


Takechi Kazutaka (Hosei U.)

10:10-11:10 "Intellectual Property Related Preferential Trade Agreements and the Composition of Trade"

10:10-10:40 Presenter:

Keith Maskus (Univeristy of Colorado)

10:40-10:50 Discussant:

Lin Tian (INSEAD)

11:10-12:00 "Tax Havens and Cross-border Licensing"

11:10-11:40 Presenter:

Jota Ishikawa (RIETI / Hitotsubashi U.)

11:40-11:50 Discussant:

Hiroyuki Kasahara (University of British Columbia / Hitotsubashi U.)

12:00-12:50 Lunch

Session 2


Hiroshi Mukunoki (Gakushuin U.)

12:50-13:40 "Trade Agreements when Profits Matter"

12:50-13:20 Presenter:

Monika Mrazova (University of Geneva)

13:20-13:30 Discussant:

Tomohirio Ara (Fukushima U.)

13:50-14:40 "Individual Preferences on Trade Liberalization: Evidence from a Japanese Household Survey"

13:50-14:20 Presenter:

Toshihiro Okubo (Keio U.)

14:20-14:30 Discussant:

Hongyong Zhang (RIETI)

Session 3


Eiichi Tomiura (RIETI / Hitotsubashi U.)

14:50-15:40 "The Quantitative Effects of Trade Policy on Industrial and Labor Location"

14:50-15:20 Presenter:

Fernando Parro (Johns Hopkins University)

15:20-15:30 Discussant:

Yoichi Sugita (Hitotsubashi U.)

15:50-16:40 "Processing Trade, Productivity and Prices: Evidence from a Chinese Production Survey"

15:50-16:20 Presenter:

Amber Li (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

16:20-16:30 Discussant:

Kazutaka Takechi (Hosei U.)

16:50-17:40 "CATs and DOGs"

16:50-17:20 Presenter:

Carsten Eckel (University of Munich)

17:20-17:30 Discussant:

Hiroshi Mukunoki (Gakushuin U.)

17:40-17:50 Closing Remarks

Eiichi Tomiura (RIETI / Hitotsubashi U.)

18:15- Reception