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FIW-Conference Production Networks in Asia and Europe



When: 15-16 July, 2010
Where: The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw)
Lecture Hall, Souterrain, Ground Floor (Rahlgasse 3, 1060 Vienna)


Thursday, July 15th 2010

13:30 – 14:00 Welcome

14:00 – 14:10 OPENING REMARKS
Prof. Michael Landesmann, FIW, Director of Research (wiiw)
Dr. Masahiro Kawai, Dean and CEO, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)


14:10 – 15:50 SESSION 1
An Overview of Production Networks in East Asia
Prof. Fukunari Kimura and Dr. Ayako Obashi (Keio University)

Trade in intermediates as an approach to study cross-border production networks: First results from the WIOD project
Dr. Robert Stehrer (FIW, wiiw)


Dr. Hubert Escaith (WTO)
Dr. Yuqing Xing (ADBI)


15:50 – 16:10 Coffee Break


16:10 – 17:50 SESSION 2
The Hard Disk Drive Industry in Asia
Mr. Daisuke Hiratsuka (IDE-JETRO)

Case Study on the Supply Chain of a European high tech manufacturer
Timo Seppälä (ETLA–The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy)


Dr. Nipon Poapongsakorn (Thailand Development Research Institute - TDRI)
Prof. Christian Bellak (Vienna University of Economics and Business)


Friday, July 16th 2010

08:30 – 09:00 Coffee

09:00 – 10:40 SESSION 3
Assessing Industrial Technological Capabilities in Production Networks in Electronics in East Asia
Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja (Asian Development Bank)

Task specific wage effects of offshoring in Germany
Prof. Ingo Geishecker (Georg-August-University Göttingen)


Dr. Julia Kubny (German Development Institute - DIE)
Prof. Michael Pfaffermayr (Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck)

10:40 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:40 SESSION 4
East Asian Production Networks and the Crisis
Dr. Willem Thorbecke (ADBI)

Global rebalancing and the future of International Supply Chains
Dr. Hubert Escaith (WTO)


Prof. Michael Landesmann (FIW, wiiw)
Prof. Eiji Yamashita (Osaka City University)

14:30 – 16:00 PANEL SESSION

Moderator: Dr. Kawai
Mr. Daisuke Hiratsuka (IDE-JETRO)
Prof. Peter Nunnenkamp (Kiel Institute)
Prof. Fritz Breuss (FIW, Austrian Institute of Economic Research – WIFO)
Prof. Eiji Yamashita (Osaka City University)

16:00 – 16:15 CLOSING REMARKS
Prof. Michael Landesmann (FIW, wiiw)




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