WIAPS Seminar

30th WIAPS Seminar

Date&Time May 18, 2015 (Monday) 12:15-12:50
VenueWaseda University: Waseda Campus :19th building 7F Room No.713
Intended AudienceWIAPS Full-time Faculty/Research Associates, WIAPS Exchange Researchers/Visiting Scholars/Visiting Researchers, GSAPS MA/PhD Students

Presenter:Kaoru Nabeshima (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University)

Presentation Theme:
Regulations/Standards and International Trade

As tariff rates have come down, the issues surrounding non-tariff measures are becoming the focus of trade liberalization discussions.
Although, issues surrounding sanitary and phytosanitary standards and technical barriers to trade have been discussed in extensively in the past, this area is still an under-researched area. There are two areas that the existing literature fail to capture the impact of the NTMs on trade: the role played by production networks, which is an important component in East Asia; and diffusion process of these NTMs from one country to the other. In this presentation, I will introduce my research interest in this area. As an example, I will focus on a particular form of NTM (product-related environmental regulations) and a private standard and present how they may affect the decision of the firm, what might be the potential impact on the shape and form of supply chains, implications to firms in developing countries, and the role of the government, especially in the decision to adopt foreign regulations and standards.

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