RIEB KOBE Conference on
"Trade Policy : Political Economy and Dynamic Issues"

March 25-26, 2000
The Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration
Kobe University

March 25 (Sat)

12:30 - 12:40
Opening Address
Kazuhiro Igawa, Director of RIEB (Kobe University)
Welcome Address
Seiichi Katayama, Organizer (Kobe University)

Session 1. 12:40 - 14:25 Chair : Kazuhiro Igawa (Kobe University)

12:40 - 13:30
Satya Das (Indian Statistical Institute)
"Endogenous Distribution and Political Economy of Trade"
Discussant : Sajal Lahiri (University of Essex)

13:35 - 14:25
Sajal Lahiri (University of Essex)
"Special Interest Politics and Aid Fungibility"
Discsaant : Edwin Lai (University of Hong Kong)

Coffee Break (15 minutes)

Session 2. 14:40 - 17:30 Chair : Fumio Dei (Kobe University)

14:40 - 15:30
Scott Bradford (Brigham Young University)
"Rents, Votes, and Protection: Explaining the Structure of Trade Barriers across Industries"
Discassant : Hiro Lee (Kobe University)

15:35 - 16:25
Martin Richardson (University of Otago)
"Some Political Economy Aspects of Parallel Import"
Discussant : Toru Kikuchi (Kobe University)

Coffee Break (15 minutes)

16:40 - 17:30
Jota Ishikawa and Kazushi Kiyono (Hitotsubashi University and Waseda University)
"International@Trade and@Global Warming"(tentative)
Discussant : Hajime Kubota (Shiga University)

18:00 - 20:00 Reception

March 26 (Sun)

Session 3. 9:00 - 11:50 Chair : Koji Shimomura (Kobe University)

9:00 - 9:50
Heinrich Ursprung and Seiichi Katayama (University of Konstanz and Kobe University)
"Commercial Culture, Political Culture and the Political Economy of Trade Policy"
Discussant : Fumio Dei (Kobe University)

9:55 - 10:45
Makoto Yano, Fumio Dei (Keio University and Kobe University)
"A Trade Model with Vertical Production Chain and Competition Policy in the Downstream Sector"
Discussant : Noritsugu Nakanishi (Kobe University)

Coffee Break (15 minutes)

11:00 - 11:50
Arye Hillman (Bar-Illan University)
"Social Harmony at the Boundary of Welfare State :Immigration and Social Transfers"
Discussant : Kar-yiu Wong (University of Washington)

Lunch Break (90 minutes)

Session 4. 13:20 - 15:05 Chair : Hiroshi Ohta (Kobe University)

13:20 - 14:10
Larry Qiu (Hong Kong University of Technology and Science)
"Lobbying, Multi-Sector Trade and Sustainability of Free-Trade Agreements"
Discussant : Satya Das (Indian Statistical Institute)

14:15 - 15:05
Edwin Lai and Eric Bond (University of Hong Kong and The Pennsylvania  State University)
"Accession Rules and Trade Agreements: The case of the WTO"
Discussant : Tadashi Inoue (University of Tskuba)

Coffee Break (15 minutes)

Session 5. 15:20 - 17:05 Chair : Noritsugu Nakanishi (Kobe University)

15:20 - 16:10
Kar-yiu Wong (University of Washington)
"On the Optimal Timing of Foreign Trade"
Discussant : Koji Shimomura (Kobe University)

16:15 - 17:05
Makoto Tawada, Takao Okawa, Makoto Okamura (University of Nagoya, Ritsumeikan University and Kobe City University of Foreign Studies)
"Endogenous Timing and Welfare in Strategic Trade Policies"
Discussant : Arye Hillman (Bar-Illan University)

Closing Address
Heinrich Ursprung, Co-organizer (University of Konstanz)