Policy Research Domains (Major Policy Research Domains) III. Formulating Japan's Strategy in Response to Globalization and Deepening Economic Interdependence in Asia

Empirical Analysis of Change in the Comparative Advantage Structure in Trade in East Asia under the Modularization of Product Architecture

Project Leader/Sub-Leader


KUWAHARA Satoshi Senior Fellow




The phenomenon in which previously individual production processes are split up and dispersed geographically through the progress of modularization is, if seen from the supply side, the consequence of dealing with differences in inputs of factors of production or differences in production technologies in each process. In the East Asian region at present, industrial clusters have highly fragmented production processes, straddle national borders, and are spread among dispersed locations, resulting in considerable change in the structure of comparative advantage. Premised on this, our research will use relevant data to study the impact the progress of modularization is having on the trade structure of the East Asian region.

Major Research Results


RIETI Discussion Papers


RIETI Discussion Papers