This research project focuses on long-term economic and trade development in East Asia, including that of China, using a multidisciplinary approach encompassing economical, political and historical analysis. Research questions include issues related to globalization, industrial policies, and causes of long-term economic development.

Research Projects

1. Chinese Economic Development since 1979. The Chinese economy has experienced rapid growth since economic reform began in 1979. The change has greatly affected the world andTaiwanin particular. Thus, it is imperative to study the Mainland economy, an area of research which has been much ignored till lately inTaiwan. This project will help to promote this field of study inTaiwan, with an emphasis on the industrial development since reform began in 1979.

2. Issues related toTaiwan’s Economic Development

(a) Industrial Policy and Related Studies. Whether industrial policies have played an important role in promoting East Asian economic development in the  postwar era has been a highly controversial topic in development economics. There have been many studies concerning the role of industrial policy late in the postwar period. This sub-project will instead explore the events in the early 1950s. Besides examining the effects of industrial policies in this early period, the project will also study the effects of Japanese colonialism on the postwar economic development inTaiwan.

(b) Globalization and Regionalization. AsTaiwanliberalized its economy in the last two decades, the impact of globalization became all the more apparent. During the process, the rise ofChinaand continued growth of other Asian economies led to an increasing degree of integration withinAsia. This sub-project intends to study how the development affects the policy space for countries concerned,  the trade flows and the division of labor in the region. Relevant trade and regional development theories will be examined against these new developments.

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