Research Programs: International Trade and Investment

Studies on Foreign Direct Investment and Trade in Relation to FDI

Project Leader/Sub-Leader


JINJI Naoto (Faculty Fellow)



This research project aims to analyze a number of issues related to inward and outward foreign direct investment (FDI), taking into account its relationship with trade in goods and services. The main topics in this project include (1) the effects of inward FDI promotion policies, (2) the relationship between labor market flexibility and FDI, (3) the effects of policy uncertainty on FDI, and (4) the role of general trading companies in outward FDI by small and medium enterprises. In those topics, this project pays attention to the effects of bilateral investment treaties and regional trade agreements on FDI, and uses analysis to try to provide a number of new findings on various factors that affect FDI and derive policy implications for Japanese inward and outward FDI.

April 2, 2018 - March 31, 2020

Major Research Results


RIETI Discussion Papers


RIETI Discussion Papers