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Regional Free Trade Areas and Strategic Trade Policies

  • Takao Ohkawa
  • Makoto Tawada
  • Makoto Okamura
  • Ryoichi Nomura


  • Provides a theoretical analysis of the formation of regional trade areas

  • Uses the theory of a timing game in the analysis of strategic trade policies

  • Analyzes the behavior of firms in international trade


Part of the New Frontiers in Regional Science: Asian Perspectives book series (NFRSASIPER, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. The Formation of Free Trade Agreements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ryoichi Nomura, Takao Ohkawa, Makoto Okamura, Makoto Tawada
      Pages 3-19
    3. Ryoichi Nomura, Makoto Okamura, Takao Ohkawa
      Pages 57-68
  3. The Timing of Trade Policies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Takao Ohkawa, Makoto Okamura, Makoto Tawada
      Pages 71-94
  4. The Roles of Trade Policies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Takao Ohkawa, Masayuki Hayashibara, Ryoichi Nomura, Makoto Okamura
      Pages 119-135
  5. Food and Trade Policies

About this book


This book presents a theoretical investigation of the formation of regional free trade agreements (FTAs), the behavior of global enterprises, and government trade policies in various game forms including multi-stage games, repeated games, and timing games. In the last few decades, the number of FTAs has been rapidly increasing in the world, especially in Asia. In particular, East Asian countries are expected to be main engines for sustaining the world economy. Focusing on East Asian economies, strategic behaviors of governments and firms in order to attain their own aims are examined. The analytical methods employed in this book are those currently being developed or that recently have been created. The topics are important contemporary issues in regional areas facing the rapid economic changes brought about by globalization. Most chapters of this book are based on original work that was published in international journals but now has been completely rewritten, with restructuring and extension of the original work. This book, with its up-to-date information, will be of interest to academic researchers in universities and economic research institutions and to students working on advanced degrees in economics.


Firms in International Trade Formation of Regional Trade Areas Strategic Trade Policy The behavior of Firms in Trade Timing Game

Editors and affiliations

  • Takao Ohkawa
    • 1
  • Makoto Tawada
    • 2
  • Makoto Okamura
    • 3
  • Ryoichi Nomura
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of EconomicsRitsumeikan UniversityKusatsuJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of EconomicsAichi Gakuin UniversityNagoyaJapan
  3. 3.Economics DepartmentHiroshima UniversityHigashihiroshimaJapan
  4. 4.Faculty of EconomicsRitsumeikan UniversityKusatsuJapan

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Regional Free Trade Areas and Strategic Trade Policies
  • Editors Takao Ohkawa
    Makoto Tawada
    Makoto Okamura
    Ryoichi Nomura
  • Series Title New Frontiers in Regional Science: Asian Perspectives
  • Series Abbreviated Title New Frontiers in Regional Science: Asian Perspectives
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Japan 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-4-431-55620-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-4-431-56669-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-4-431-55621-3
  • Series ISSN 2199-5974
  • Series E-ISSN 2199-5982
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 210
  • Number of Illustrations 26 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Regional/Spatial Science
    Economic Theory/Quantitative Economics/Mathematical Methods
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