La Follette School professor Isao Kamata is one of six University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty members to receive grants from the campus Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy. Kamata will use his $7,000 grant to investigate the impacts of recent economic globalization—in terms of international production fragmentation involving offshoring and foreign direct investment—on the evolution of a country's structure of production and trade.
The project, "Industrialization, Growth, and Globalization: Have New Patterns Emerged?," addresses the longstanding "path of industrialization" in which a country's production and exports typically shift from primary commodities to "light" manufacturing industries and then to "heavy" manufacturing. Kamata will examine whether and how the path has diversified and explore the role offshoring and foreign direct investment have played in the changing pattern of a country's industrialization.
Kamata joined the La Follette School faculty in fall 2009. His research and teaching interests include international trade, international macroeconomics, development economics and applied microeconomics. Prior to joining the La Follette School in 2009, he was an assistant professor with the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan in 2008. Prior to his doctoral work, Kamata served in various positions with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, focusing on economic development. He has overseen energy sector development projects in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
The La Follette School faculty affiliate Jeremy Foltz also received a WAGE grant for his project, "The Causes and Consequences of Petty Corruption in Africa."