Japan remains one of the dominant economic powers. Yet the Japanese economy is one of the most misunderstood phenomena in the modern world. Conventionally, Japan is presented as the exception to mainstream economic theory: an exception to the standard models of modern economics. This book demolishes that notion, bringing the full analytical power of economic thought to all aspects of the most dramatic economic success story in recent times.
David Flath concentrates on four main themes: Japan's economic growth and development; Japan's integration with the world economy; Government policies and their effects; Economic institutions and practices.
By applying common economic tools such as the Solow growth model, Modigliani's life-cycle model of saving, Becker's theory of investment, Samuelson's theory of revealed preference, Coase's exposition of the problem of social cost, and the modern theory of industrial organization, this book shows that the mainstream principles of economics apply in Japan as successfully as they do elsewhere.
Revised and updated to take account of recent developments in Japanese banking and macroeconomics, this book is an indispensable resource for students and instructors alike. Lucid explanations and comprehensive and rigorous analysis make it natural choice for anyone interested in comprehending the rise of the Japanese economy.
David Flath is Professor of Economics at Ritsumeikan University and Professor Emeritus of North Carolina State University, where he was employed from 1976 to 2007. He has previously been Adjunct Professor of Economics at the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research (2009-13),and Visiting Professor of Economics at Kyoto University (2001-2) and at Osaka University (1995-6). Flath is the author of numerous academic articles on the Japanese economy. His Japan-related research has been supported by an Abe Fellowship and by grants from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Social Science Research Council and the Japan-US Friendship Commission. His early forays into Japan were supported by the North Carolina Japan Center and by the Fulbright Program.
Introduction ; 1. Incomes and Welfare of the Japanese Today ; 2. Economic History, Part 1: The Tokugawa Period (1603-1868) and the Meiji Era (1868-1912) ; 3. Economic History, Part 2: The Twentieth Century (1912-1945) ; 4. Economic History, Part 3: Postwar Recovery (1945-1964) ; 5. Saving ; 6. Macroeconomy ; 7. International Finance ; 8. International Trade ; 9. Industrial Policy ; 10. Public Economy, Part 1: Government Spending ; 11. Public Economy, Part 2: Taxes ; 12. Environmental Policy ; 13. Industrial Organization ; 14. Finance ; 15. Marketing ; 16. Labor ; 17. Technology ; Glossary