The relevance of the EU-Japan FTA for the Austrian economy

Client/Funding Institution

Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy


Since the beginning of 2017, a paradigm change in international trade policy is observed. While the protectionist rhetoric of the administration of the US – the largest economy in the world – is threatening international trade, trade and investment initiatives of China – the world’s second largest economy – are gaining in significance and attracting global attention. The EU and Japan are aware of these developments and look for ways of cooperation. The aim of the study is to estimate the effect of the envisaged EU-Japan FTA for Austria based on qualitative and quantitative analysis and to derive recommendations for Austrian foreign economic policy.


December 2017 - June 2018

wiiw team Leader

Julia Grübler

wiiw Staff

Oliver Reiter, Robert Stehrer, David Zenz


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Keywords: international trade policy, Japan, China, EU, EU-Japan FTA, Austria, foreign economic policy, trade agreement

Countries covered: Austria, EU-28, Japan

Research Areas: International Trade, Competitiveness and FDI