Program for Economic Development and Trade in East Asia


The cluster of area studies

     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 and Taiwan in particular. Thus, it is imperative to study the Mainland economy, an area of research which has been much ignored till lately in Taiwan. This project will help to promote this field of study in Taiwan, with an emphasis on the industrial development since reform began in 1979.

2. Issues related to Taiwan'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 in Taiwan.
      (b) Globalization and Regionalization. As Taiwan liberalized its economy in the last two decades, the impact of globalization became all the more apparent. During the process, the rise of China and continued growth of other Asian economies led to an increasing degree of integration within Asia. 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.

3. International Economy and Trade Project. The project plans to continue exploring the effects of the regional agreements in East Asia, and have a more in-depth discussion on issues related to industrial policy, fiscal reform, trade, and investment in China from an economic point of view.



Wan-Wen Chu
(Adjunct Research Fellow; specialty: Economics)
Hong Hwang
(Joint Appointment Research Fellow; Department of Economics of National Taiwan University; specialty: Economics)
An-Chi Tung
(Joint Appointment Associate Research Fellow; Institute of Economics; specialty: Economics)
Kong-Pin Chen
(Distinguished Research Fellow; specialty: Economics)
Chao-Cheng Mai
(Adjunct Research Fellow; Academician, Academia Sinica; specialty: Economics)
Tien-Wang Tsaur
(Adjunct Research Fellow; specialty: Economics)
Chun-Tien Hu
(Adjunct Research Fellow; specialty: Economics)
Tain-Jy Chen
(Professor; Department of Economics of National Taiwan University; specialty: Economics)
Bih Jane Liu
(Professor; Department of Economics of National Taiwan University; specialty: Economics)

Shi-Shu Peng 
(Assistant Professor Department of Public Finance of National Cheng Chi University; specialty: Economics) 


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