Research Programs: International Trade and Investment

A Study of the Effects of Trade Policy: A microdata analysis of Japan from the 1990s to 2010s

Project Leader/Sub-Leader

URATA Shujiro

URATA Shujiro (Faculty Fellow)



The objective of this research project is to investigate the impacts of trade liberalization on economic activities/performance in Japan and to provide the Japanese government with useful information for formulating trade policy. Recently, the importance of evidence-based policy recommendation has been emphasized, but to our surprise, the economic impacts of trade liberalization have not been analyzed by applying scientific approaches in the case of Japan. In light of these observations, we undertake this project in which the impacts of a reduction in tariff rates in the 1990s and those of the introduction of free trade agreements/economic partnership agreements in the 2000s will be analyzed. Specifically, we are interested in discerning the impacts on trade, consumption, production, and employment.

July 10, 2017 - June 30, 2019

Major Research Results


RIETI Discussion Papers