Research Programs: International Trade and Investment

Economic Impacts of Free Trade Agreements: The case of Japan

Project Leader/Sub-Leader

URATA Shujiro

URATA Shujiro (Faculty Fellow)



The objective of this research is to investigate the impacts of Japan's free trade agreements (FTAs) on the Japanese economy, in order to provide the Japanese government with useful information in formulating trade policy. The analyses will take the form of ex-ante and ex-post. The ex-ante analysis is to examine the possible impacts of FTAs, which are still in negotiation or under study, by conducting simulation analyses using the computable general equilibrium models. Specifically, we intend to analyze the impacts of various FTAs including the Trans-Pacific Economic Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

The ex-post analysis is conducted by using the observed data after the FTAs are enacted. This analysis is implemented in two steps. First, we investigate the impacts of FTAs on the level of liberalization in goods and service trade. Second, we examine the impacts of the change in the level of trade liberalization--the result of the first stage--on trade flows in goods and services.

June 11, 2013 - March 31, 2015

Major Research Results


RIETI Discussion Papers


RIETI Discussion Papers


RIETI Discussion Papers