Research Programs: International Trade and Investment

Empirical Analysis of Trade Policy Preferences at the Individual Level in Japan

Project Leader/Sub-Leader

TOMIURA Eiichi (Faculty Fellow)



Trade policy becomes increasingly critical for Japan in the interdependent world with uncertainty in global trade liberalization. In spite of the gains from trade supported unanimously by economists, the opinions on trade policy widely vary among individuals, depending on income, skill, industry, and many other background factors. This research project empirically explores how various individual characteristics are related with trade policy preferences. Findings from our survey on 10,000 individuals will reveal regularities that will be informative for policy planners not only in Japan but also in many other developed economies.

May 14, 2013 - October 31, 2014

Major Research Results


RIETI Discussion Papers


RIETI Discussion Papers