Economic Development of Japan
Updated Jun. 17, 2016
Spring 2016 - Thursday 16:40-18:10 Lecture Room H
|Syllabus||Syllabus as of March 2016|
|Study 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 24, 2016.
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, 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.
Lecture slides below are used in class. They are subject to revision at any time.
Schedule for 2016
|APR 07||Overview & the meaning of modernization for latecomers||ch.1||lec.1|
|APR 14||Edo period: pre-conditions for industrialization & modernization||ch.2||lec.2|
|APR 21||Meiji 1: key goals of the new government||ch.3||lec.3|
|MAY 12||Meiji 2: politics of Meiji industrialization & modernization||optional||politics|
|MAY 19||Meiji 3: technology and major industries||chs.4&5||lec.4|
|MAY 26||Meiji 4: budget, finance and macro balance||ch.6||lec.5|
|JUN 02||World War I and the 1920s: export-led boom & collapse||ch.7||lec.6|
|JUN 09||Showa Financial Crisis of 1927||ch.8||lec.7|
|JUN 16||The 1930s and the war economy||ch.9||lec.8|
|JUN 23||Postwar recovery 1945-49||ch.10||lec.9|
|JUN 30||Postwar high growth 1950s-60s||ch.11||lec.10|
|JUL 14||Economic maturity and slowdown 1970s-80s||ch.12||lec.11|
|JUL 21||Bubble burst and recession & Abenomics||ch.13||lec.12 abe|
Note: no class is planned on April 28 and July 7 due to instructor's policy research travel.
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