EU-Asia relations: technological competition and trade policies in an era of regionalisation

Client/Funding Institution

Anniversary Fund of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank


This project analyses various aspects of EU-Asia relationships (with a focus on East and Southeast Asia; E-SE Asia). It addresses two main aspects which characterise current global economic developments: a tendency towards competing regional integration (‘regionalisation’) and fiercer technological competition. It analyses intra- and interregional research collaborations of firms, the positioning of EU and E-SE Asian countries in terms of the functional specialisation of global value chains, technology spillovers from eMNCs (multinationals from emerging E-SE Asian economies) and aMNCs (multinationals from advanced economies) to domestic EU firms, the roles of competing trade policy arrangements and technological complementarity in regional vs. inter-regional integration processes, the impact of different trade policy designs on trade structures in the context of industry-specific technology catching-up and leap-frogging, and global and regional competition between regulatory standards.

Funded by the Anniversary Fund of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Project No. 18833).


June 2023 - May 2026

wiiw team Leader

Michael Landesmann

wiiw Staff

Birgit Buschbom, Chiara Castelli, Neil Foster-McGregor, Mahdi Ghodsi, Francesca Guadagno, Sandra M. Leitner, Javier Flórez Mendoza, Oliver Reiter, Zuzana Zavarská

Keywords: European Union and Asia, technological competition, functional specialization, non-tariff measures, trade policy, industrial policy

Countries covered: Asia, EU

Research Areas: International Trade, Competitiveness and FDI