Economic History／Comparative Economic Development
Recent Research Interests
My research field is economic history and Japanese economic development from the ancient to the present by estimating/analyzing various economic factors, such as population, production, wages and prices. The ultimate goal of my work is to estimate Japanese Gross Domestic Product in the very long-run, using a historical national accounting approach. This is also linked to explain the deep historical roots of current economic issues in Japan. A main feature of my research is quantifying historical phenomena by constructing the database derived from various quantitative information written in historical documents. In the same way, however, I think it is important to understand the basic procedure on historical studies such as source criticism and reading skills of historical texts, books and ancient documents.
Osamu Saito and Masanori Takashima (2016). “Estimating the shares of secondary- and tertiary-sector output in the age of early modern growth: the case of Japan, 1600-1874,” European Review of Economic History, 20(3), 368-386.
Motoi Kusadokoro, Takeshi Maru, and Masanori Takashima (2016). “The asset accumulation behavior of rural households in the post-Showa depression reconstruction period: a panel data analysis,” Asian Economic Journal, 30(2), 221-246.
Kyoji Fukao, Jean-Pascal Bassino, Tatsuji Makino, Ralph Paprzycki, Tokihiko Settsu, Masanori Takashima, and Joji Tokui (2015). Regional Inequality and Industrial Structure in Japan: 1874-2008, Tokyo: Maruzen.
Mari Onuki, Daisuke Murakami, and Masanori Takashima (2010). “Research on financial and monetary history based on the records of the Bank of Japan Archives,” Financial History Review, 17(2), 273-280.