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Economist

Masahito Ambashi


Economist


Masahito Ambashi worked as an official of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan. He is experienced in various policy departments, including the Macroeconomic Affairs Division of the Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, the Policy Evaluation and Public Relations Division of the Minister’s Secretariat, the Energy Strategy Office of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, the Economic Outlook Division of the Economic and Fiscal Management Bureau at the Cabinet Office, the Asia and pacific Division of the Trade Policy Bureau, and the WTO Compliance and Dispute Settlement Division, the Multilateral Trade System Department of the Trade Policy Bureau. 

Expertise

  • Industrial Organisation
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Economic Development
 

Education

2017

PhD, Economics
University of Essex, United Kingdom
PhD dissertation: 'Essays on Competition, Innovation, and Public Policy'

2012

MSc, Economics (with distinction)
University of Essex, United Kingdom

2004

MA, Economics
Kyoto University, Japan

2002

BA, Economics
Kyoto University, Japan

Professional Experience

2015 - present

Economist
Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

2013 - present

Consulting Fellow
Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan

2014 - 2015

Deputy Director
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, Multilateral Trade System Department, WTO Compliance and Dispute Settlement

2010 -  2011

Deputy Director
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, Trade Policy Bureau, Asia Pacific Division

2009 - 2011

Consulting Fellow
Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan

2008 - 2010

Senior Staff Economist
Cabinet Office of Japan, Economic and Fiscal Management Bureau, Economic Outlook Division

2007 - 2008

Senior Staff
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Energy Strategy Office

2006 - 2007

Senior Staff
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, Minister's Secretariat, Policy Evaluation and Public Relations Division

2004 - 2006

Official
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, Macro Economic Affairs Division

Recent Publications

Ambashi, M. (2017), 'Competition Effects and Industrial Productivity: Lessons from Japanese Industry', Asian Economic Papers, forthcoming.

Ambashi, M. (2017), 'ASEAN as an FDI Attractor: How Do Multinationals Look at ASEAN?', ERIA Working Papers PB-2016-04

Ambashi, M., Régibeau, P., and Rockett, K. (2016), 'Grantbacks, Territorial Restraints and the Type of Follow-On Innovation: The 'But for...'Defence', CEPR Discussion Papers 11575.

Ambashi, M. (2013), 'Does Competition Improve Industrial Productivity? An Analysis of the Japanese Industries on the Basis of Industry-Level Panel Data', RIETI Discussion Paper Series,13-E-098.

Ida, T. and Ambashi, M. (2008), 'Analysis of Vertical Separation of Regulators under Adverse Selection'Journal of Economics, 93 (1), pp. 1-29.

Ida, T. and Ambashi, M. (2004), 'An Estimation of Switching Costs in Japan's Broadband Markets with the Extended Shy Model', InfoCom Review, 35 (in Japanese).

Kimura, F., Chen, L.,  Iliuteanu, M. A.,  Yamamoto, S., and Ambashi, M. (2016), 'TPP, IPR Protection, and their Implications for Emerging Asian Economies', ERIA Working Papers PB-2016-02.

Nishimura, H., Kimura, F.,  Ambashi, M., and Keola, S. (2016), Lao PDR at the Crossroads: Industrial Development Strategies 2016–2030, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).

Working Papers and Work in Progress

Ambashi, M., 'Innovation Policy in/for ASEAN', mimeo (last version February 2017).

Ambashi, M., 'Servicification and Industrialization in Lao PDR', mimeo (last version February 2017).

Ambashi, M., 'Theory and Empirics of University Research and Teaching: Can We Simultaneously Increase University Research Output and Student Enrollment?', mimeo (last version June 2017).

Ambashi, M., 'Grant-backs and Attributes of Innovation', mimeo (last version June 2017).

Ambashi, M., 'Technology Competition, Cumulative Innovation, and a Grant-Back Clause', mimeo (June 2017).

Ambashi, M. and Kimura, S. (2006), 'Realization of the Steady Macro Economy in Japan: Fiscal and Monetary Policy Supporting Sustainable Economic Growth led by Private Demand', Macro Economic Affairs Division Working Paper (in Japanese).

Belonged Academic Conference

Japanese Economic Association

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