Gary R Saxonhouse was one of the leading world scholars on Japanese economy. Born in New York City in 1943, he attended Yale University, where he received his PhD in Economics in 1971. He joined the Faculty of Economics at the University of Michigan beginning in 1970, where he taught throughout his career. The selection of his published papers that comprises this two-volume publication is a testimony and tribute to his remarkable accomplishments and influence that were cut short by his untimely death in November 2006, following a battle with leukemia.Volume I contains a selection of his published papers that have been instrumental in enhancing the understanding of Japan's modern economic history, focusing in particular on the Japanese cotton-spinning industry.Volume II features a selection of his published papers that look at how Japan's technology and innovation were key in promoting Japan's economic success; how its economy was shaped by its comparative advantage and related policies; and how its macro-financial policies were implemented in the course of its economic growth after World War II.
Volume I: Introduction and Overview; Economic History: A Tale of Technological Diffusion in the Meiji Period; Country Girls and Communication among Competitors in the Japanese Cotton-Spinning Industry; Productivity Changes and Labor Absorption in Japanese Cotton Spinning, 1891-1935; Working Koreans in Korea and Japan in the Interwar Period; Rings and Mules Around the World: A Comparative Study in Technological Choice; New Evidence on the Stubborn English Mule and the Cotton Industry, 1878-1920; Stubborn Mules and Vertical Integration: The Disappearing Constraint?; Technology Choice and the Quality Dimension in the Japanese Textile Cotton Industry; Supply and Demand for Quality Workers in Cotton Spinning in Japan and India; Determinants of Technology Choice: The Indian and Japanese Cotton Industries; Mechanisms for Technology Transfer in Japanese Economic History; Structural Change and Japanese Economic History: Will the 21st Century Be Different?; How Japan First Began to Export Machine-Made Manufactures to East Asia; Volume II: Technology and Innovation: What's All This About 'Industrial Targeting' in Japan?; Biotechnology in Japan: Industrial Policy and Factor Market Distortions; Technological Progress and R&D Systems in Japan and the United States; Comparative Advantage, Trade, and Trade Policies: Services in the Japanese Economy; Comparative Advantage and Structural Adaptation; An Analytical Survey of Formal and Informal Barriers to International Trade and Investment in the United States, Canada, and Japan; What Does Japanese Trade Structure Tell Us About Japanese Trade Policy?; Do Japanese Firms Price Discriminate in North America?; A Short Summary of the Long History of Unfair Trade Allegations Against Japan; Macro-Financial Issues and Policies: Equity Markets, Political Markets and the Changing Framework of US-Japan Economic Relations; Prospective Japanese Economic Recovery: Perspectives from European Economic Recovery in the 1930s; and other papers.