Economic Development of Japan
Updated June 27, 2017
Spring 2017 - Thursday 16:40-18:10 Lecture Room H
|Syllabus||Syllabus as of April 2017|
|Course materials||The textbook (English hardcopy edition) will be provided free of charge to all registered students (downloadable softcopy is also available). Additionally, classroom slides, web text lectures (see below) and classroom handouts will be used.|
|Grading by term paper||Deadline July 21, 2017 (day of last
Choose one topic from below:
(i) Assessment of public-private interaction in industrial development of Japan
(ii) Comparison of Japanese experience and similar experience of another (your) country
(iii) Detailed analysis of Japanese industrialization (beyond class materials & discussion)
In each case, one particular period and one particular sector/issue must be selected for analysis. Do not discuss generally or without focus.
This course reviews the history of Japanese economic development from the Edo period (17-19c) to present. Economics is the main focus but social, political, diplomatic and military issues are also discussed. The reason for Japan's early industrialization, impact of external influences, interaction between economics and politics, and state's role and private sector dynamism will be featured. Historical data will be presented and academic debates by economic historians will be explained.
Please use the hardcopy textbook for main reference material. Additional paper handouts will be distributed in class. (Note: the English textbook is currently being revised significantly and will be commercially published from Routledge in September 2017.)
Lecture slides below are used in class. They are subject to revision at any time.
Schedule for 2017
|APR 06||Overview & the meaning of modernization for latecomers||ch.1||lec.1|
|APR 13||Edo period: pre-conditions of industrialization & modernization||ch.2||lec.2|
|APR 20||Meiji 1: key goals of the new government||ch.3||lec.3|
|APR 27||Meiji 2: politics of Meiji industrialization & modernization||Meiji politics||politics|
|MAY 11||Meiji 3: technology and major industries||chs.4&5||lec.4|
|MAY 18||Meiji 4: budget, finance and macro balance||ch.6||lec.5|
|MAY 25||World War I and the 1920s: export-led boom & collapse||ch.7||lec.6|
|JUN 01||Showa Financial Crisis of 1927||ch.8||lec.7|
|JUN 15||The 1930s and the war economy||ch.9||lec.8|
|JUN 22||Postwar recovery 1945-49||ch.10||lec.9|
|JUN 29||Postwar high growth 1950s-60s||ch.11||lec.10|
|JUL 06||Economic maturity and slowdown 1970s-80s||ch.12||lec.11|
|JUL 13||Bubble burst and recession||ch.13||lec.12|
|JUL 20||Abenomics and new challenges||revised ch.13||lec.13|
Note: class dates are subject to the instructor's policy research travel. There is no class on June 8.
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