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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

Book Writing

Chen, L., J. Nakagawa, S. Urata, and M. Ambashi (eds.) (2018), Emerging Global Trade Governance in the 21st Century: Mega FTAs and Implications for East Asia, London: Routledge.

Ambashi, M. (ed.) (2018), Innovation Policy in ASEAN, Jakarta: Economic Research Institute for ASEAN (ERIA).

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

Publications in Refereed Journal

Ambashi, M. (2017), “Competition Effects and Industrial Productivity: Lessons from Japanese Industry”, Asian Economic Papers, Vol. 16 (3), pp. 212–249.

Ida, T. and M. Ambashi (2008), “Analysis of Vertical Separation of Regulators under Adverse Selection”, Journal of Economics, Vol. 93 (1), pp. 1–29.

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

Other Academic Papers

Keola, S. and M. Ambashi (2019), “Vehicle’s Probe Data and Urban Connectivity Measurement”, in S. Keola (ed.), “Measuring Connectivity within and among Cities in ASEAN”, BRC (Bangkok Research Center) Research Report No. 23, Institute of Developing Economies and Japan External Trade Organization (IDE–JETRO).

Fukugawa, N., M. Ambashi, and Y. Suhud (2018), “Division of Labour Amongst Innovation Intermediaries in Agricultural Innovation Systems: The Case of Indonesia”, ERIA Discussion Papers 2018–06, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).

Kawase, T. and M. Ambashi (2018), "Disciplines on State-Owned Enterprise under the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Overview and Assessment", ERIA Discussion Papers 2017–13, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).

Ambashi, M. (2018), "Corporate Research: Huawei", Journal of Waseda University Research Institute of Auto Parts Industry, Vol. 19 (in Japanese).

Ambashi, M. and S. Keola (2017), “Introduction: Servicification and Industrialization”, in S. Keola (ed.), Industrialization through Servicification in Lao PDR, BRC (Bangkok Research Center) Research Report No. 18, Institute of Developing Economies and Japan External Trade Organization (IDE–JETRO).

Ambashi, M. (2017), “ASEAN as an FDI Attractor: How Do Multinationals Look at ASEAN¿    ”, ERIA Policy Briefs PB–2016–04, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).

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

Kimura, F., L. Chen, M. A. Iliuteanu, and S. Yamamoto, and M. Ambashi (2016), "TPP, IPR Protection, and their Implications for Emerging Asian Economies", ERIA Policy Briefs PB–2016–02, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).

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, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Ambashi, M. and S. Kimura (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 Papers, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (in Japanese).

Other Writing

Nishimura, H., M. Ambashi, and F. Iwasaki (2019), “Strengthened ASEAN Centrality and East Asia Collective Leadership: Role of Japan–ASEAN Centrality and ASEAN−Japan Cooperation as Development of Heart-to-Heart Diplomacy”, ASEAN Vision 2040: Stepping Boldly Forward, Transforming the ASEAN Community, Jakarta: Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).

Nishimura, H., M. Ambashi, F. Iwasaki, and M. Maeda (2019), “Harnessing New Technologies for Social and Economic Progress Towards ASEAN 2040”, ASEAN Vision 2040: Stepping Boldly Forward, Transforming the ASEAN Community, Jakarta: Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).

Kimura, F., P. K. Wong, and M. Ambashi (2019), “Innovation for ASEAN 2040”, ASEAN Vision 2040: Stepping Boldly Forward, Transforming the ASEAN Community, Jakarta: Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).

Ambashi, M. (2018), “The Future Perspective of the ASEAN Economy”, CLAIR Forum, December 2018, Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) (in Japanese).

Ambashi, M. (2017), “Innovation Policy in/for ASEAN”, in R. S. Maria, S. Urata, and P. S. Intal, Jr. (eds.), The ASEAN Economic Community Into 2025 and Beyond, ASEAN@50 Volume 5, Jakarta: Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).

Ambashi, M. (2009), “An Economic Analysis of Administrative Organizations: Comparative Assessment of Merits and Demerits”, RIETI Column, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) (in Japanese).

Work in Progress

“Grantbacks, Territorial Restraints, and Innovation” (with P. Régibeau and K. Rockett, under review in academic journal).

“Technology Competition, Cumulative Innovation, and Grantback Clause: Game Theoretic Approach” (under review in academic journal).

“Grant-backs and Attributes of Innovation: the ‘But for…’ Defense of a Grant-Back Clause”.

“University Research and Teaching: Can We Simultaneously Increase University Research Output and Student Enrollment  ¿   ”.

“Global Uncertainty, Shocks, and Macroeconomic Performance: The Cases of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand”.

“Economic Uncertainty in Indonesia: Macroeconomic Forecasting Approach”.

Translation

Nishimura, H., M. Ambashi, F. Iwasaki, and A. Majoe (2018), The ASEAN Journey: Reflections of ASEAN Leaders and Officials, ASEAN@50 Volume 1, Japanese translation, S. Pitsuwan, H. Nishimura, P. Intal, Jr., K. Chongkittavorn, and L. Maramis (eds), Jakarta: Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).

Belonged Academic Conference

Japanese Economic Association

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