ARTNeT Seminar on the impact of Chinese import competition on innovation (patenting and R&D) in Japan

7 Oct 2016
Bangkok, Thailand

The Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) will hold a seminar on “The impact of Chinese import competition on innovation (patenting and R&D) in Japan”, at UNCC, Bangkok, on 7 October 2016, from 10.30-12.00 hrs.

The speaker is Mr. Nobu Yamashita, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia. He will give a presentation on the research paper that examines the innovation responses of a panel of Japanese firms to Chinese import competition for the period 1994-2009. The study is based on a comprehensive dataset matching firm-level information to the patent applications stored in the Institute of Intellectual Property Database. Carefully accounting for a simultaneity bias between innovation and importing, authors identify several result. First, the impacts of Chinese import competition on innovation depends on the type of firms which differ their engagement to trade. Second, firms which have responded to the China competition have increased their innovation inputs (R&D expenditures), but not necessarily patenting more. Third, the China effects have adversely altered the quality dimension of patented inventions. Taken together, this paper presents evidence that Chinese import competition have induced Japanese firms re-allocating within-firm resources towards more the innovation capacity but not necessarily have led them to produce high quality patents.

Please confirm your participation by email to ARTNeT Secretariat at [email protected] no later than 5 October 2016.