Case Study (International Political Economy)


HIWATARI, Nobuhiro

Credits / Language / Semester

4Credits / English / Summer

2013 Term Papers

Important Note: These papers cannot be cited without the permission of the authors, who have the exclusive copyrights.

  • “Loans versus Grants in Japanese Bilateral ODA: Evidence from Panel Data”
    Tomohito Hata
    PDF (238 KB), slide for presentation (PDF, 159 KB)
  • “Doctor's Brain Drain in Nepal: Exploring the Patterns, Causes, Consequences and Solutions”
    Bed Raj Phuyel
    PDF (577 KB), slide for presentation (PDF, 1.3 MB)
  • “Very-Low and Lowest-Low Fertility in Asia: Implications of Singlehood Trend and Government Interventions”
    Boya Chiou
  • “Learning to Collaborate: The Impact of the Commons Systems in Building Collaborative Capacity through Enhanced Social Learning”
    Onnuri Kim
    PDF (835 KB), slide for presentation (PDF, 2.4 MB)
  • “Gender Discrimination in Healthcare Spending in the Household and Women's Access to Resources: Perspective of Bangladesh”
    Khandaker, Mu. Mizanur Rahman
    PDF (750 KB), slide for presentation (PDF, 872 KB)
  • “Vietnamese Politics: China-Vietnam Relations and TPP”
    Nhat Minh Be
    PDF (409 KB), slide for presentation (PDF, 3.4 MB)
  • “A Chinese Connection?: An Analysis of Defense Spending in Southeast Asia and China”
    J. Mikhail Nacino
    PDF (513 KB), slide for presentation (PDF, 201 KB)
  • “The Effect of Exchange Rate Movement on Trade Balance in Ethiopia”
    Borena Dessalegn Lencho
    PDF (796 KB), slide for presentation (PDF, 9.0 MB)
  • “The Political and Economic Impact of Somali Piracy during 1990-2012”
    Elwaleed Ahmed Talha
    PDF (1.1 MB), slide for presentation (PDF, 3.1 MB)
  • “Analyzing Reservation Politics in Civil Service of Nepal”
    Deepak Dhakal
    PDF (597 KB), slide for presentation (PDF, 1.2 MB)
  • “Cambodian Economic Performance in Electoral Business Cycle”
    Chey Sovanney
    PDF (924 KB), slide for presentation (PDF, 3.9 MB)
  • “Girl Power in Japanese Boardrooms?: An Exploratory Study of Women's Impact on Financial Performance”
    Martin T. Pedersen
  • “Humanitarian Intervention”
    Rana Al Mutawa
    PDF (351 KB), slide for presentation (PDF, 345 KB)
  • “In Search of "Pembangunan Berkelanjutan": A Case Study on Environmental Issues and Japan Foreign Direct Investment in Indonesia Period 1980-2010”
    Ahmad Mirardli Toshiaki Lukri
    PDF (790 KB), slide for presentation (PDF, 318 KB)
  • “Internationalism in Spaceflight”
    Jeffrey Miyamoto
    PDF (359 KB), slide for presentation (PDF, 1.2 MB)
  • “East Asian Regionalism: New Architecture of Economic Cooperation”
    Dodi Sontany
    PDF (383 KB), slide for presentation (PDF, 163 KB)
  • “The Hurdle of Free Trade: The Perspective of Political Economy”
    Chen, Kung Chen
    PDF (340 KB), slide for presentation (PDF, 1.0 MB)
  • “Asian Emerging Countries Learned How to Prevent Financial Crisis but Still Lack the Balance between the Prevention Technique & Their Own Development”
    Tatsuya Ogawa
    PDF (1.1 MB), slide for presentation (PDF, 3.7 MB)


Presenting his/her research orally and as a paper in English is now a must for policy specialists.

The course is designed to help students write and present an original research paper based on independent empirical research on topics related to international political economy. Participants will obtain firsthand experience on how to formulate research puzzles worthy of an audience, how to efficiently conduct research, and the merits of peer criticisms in that process.

A presentation and submission of a research paper is required for credit. The course will be conducted in English but is tailored for non-native speakers.


research design, causal inference, quantitative analysis, comparative analysis, quantitative anaysis


At the first class meeting, participants are expected to declare a tentative topic of his/her paper. Thereafter, the course is divided into two parts.

Week 2 to 5: each person will spend time compiling a reference list (bibliography) of the works and data sources related to his/her topic, while taking turns in class introducing the works. Preferably, the articles introduced in class are the leading and updated scholarship on the topic that is of interest to other classmates, which can be found by referring to my international political economy course syllabus or the journals listed there in (download from

End of Week 5: everyone is expected to hand in a prospectus listing the following; the dependent variable, the basic hypothesis, and the political independent variables and the economic control variables, as well as a reference list of the kind of data and materials used to substantiate the hypothesis.

By then, each participant is likely to realize that research papers in international political economy are usually structured in the following manner, regardless of whether it is a quantitative and large-n or a qualitative and small-n research:

International economic policy/relations = political independent variables + economic control variables

After week 6: We will take turns presenting in-class progress reports of their paper. This serves as an exercise in paper presentation. Others in class will make suggestions on how each presenter should proceed in finishing the paper. A completed paper will be present it at a mini-conference held at the end of the semester.

Teaching Methods

It is very important to note that most of the work for this class will be conducted outside the classroom. In class, each participant will improve their presentation skills as well as listening/criticism skills. The use of Power Point and other audio technology is a must.

Participants should become aware that the most effective way to complete a good paper and present it well is by learning from others. Hence, class participation is as important as the presentations.


Evaluation will be based on class presentations, class participation, and particularly the final research paper and its presentation at the mini-symposium (presented at a mini-conference held at Hongo campus).

Required Text

Readings tailored to fit each participant's research interest will be discussed in class as well as upon individual consultation.

Also, please refer to my international political economy course syllabus which can be downloaded from .

Reference Books

Those who wish to familiarize themselves with research designs and methods should find the following useful as a starting point. Further readings can be suggested upon consultation.

1. Gary King, Robert O. Keohane, and Sidney Verba, Designing Social Inquiry (Princeton U.P. 1994)

2. Henry E Brady and David Collier (eds.), Rethinking Social Inquiry (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004)

Notes on Taking the Course

Participants should have a clear idea of what a research paper is before embarking on an effort to write one.

To the first class meeting, everyone MUST bring a sample of an article or a research paper close to his/her research topic. The websites of international economic organizations (IMF, World Bank, BIS, WTO, OECD and central banks) and think tanks (National Bureau of Economic Research, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Peterson Institute of International Economics, the Brookings Institution, etc.)

You should be willing to spend a couple of afternoons in front of your PC searching for an article/paper that coincides with your interest and can be used as a model for your paper and realize that most of the work for this course is conducted outside the classroom.

One is expected to spend some time prior to the first meeting in search of papers or articles close to one's interest, which they should bring to the first meeting.

Examples of last year's research papers and presentation PPPs can be downloaded from the course website.

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