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Transboundary Game of Life

Memoir of Masahiko Aoki

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  • Reveals the origin of comparative institutional analysis

  • Inspires the next generation of economists in Japan and elsewhere

  • Combines personal stories of Masahiko Aoki with the development of economic analysis of the Japanese and Chinese economies

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Table of contents (31 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. Seven Intellectual Ventures

    • Masahiko Aoki
    Pages 1-3
  3. Student Movement

    • Masahiko Aoki
    Pages 5-8
  4. Three Influential Seniors

    • Masahiko Aoki
    Pages 9-12
  5. Reiji Himeoka

    • Masahiko Aoki
    Pages 13-16
  6. Nouvelle Vague

    • Masahiko Aoki
    Pages 17-19
  7. From Whence My DNA

    • Masahiko Aoki
    Pages 21-24
  8. Childhood

    • Masahiko Aoki
    Pages 25-27
  9. Middle School Years

    • Masahiko Aoki
    Pages 29-30
  10. High School Years

    • Masahiko Aoki
    Pages 31-33
  11. Dissolution of the Bund

    • Masahiko Aoki
    Pages 39-41
  12. Fleeing the Frontline

    • Masahiko Aoki
    Pages 43-45
  13. Toward Modern Economics

    • Masahiko Aoki
    Pages 47-49
  14. Operation Study Abroad

    • Masahiko Aoki
    Pages 51-54
  15. To University of Minnesota

    • Masahiko Aoki
    Pages 55-58
  16. Job Market

    • Masahiko Aoki
    Pages 59-61
  17. Serra House

    • Masahiko Aoki
    Pages 63-65
  18. Counterculture

    • Masahiko Aoki
    Pages 67-70
  19. Day of Departure from America

    • Masahiko Aoki
    Pages 71-73

About this book

The central part of this book is an English version of the memoir of Masahiko Aoki that was published in Japanese in 2008 (青木昌彦『私の履歴書 人生越境ゲーム』日本経済新聞出版社). In this memoir, Aoki goes over his life as a young boy immediately after World War II, as an activist who opposed the rearmament of Japan under the US-Japan Security Alliance, as a student of Marxist economics first and then modern mathematical economics, as a graduate student at Minnesota, as a young economist at Stanford, Harvard, and then Kyoto, as a central faculty member to develop comparative institutional analysis at Stanford, and as an institutional builder who established the Stanford Kyoto Center, the Research Institute of Economy, Trade, and Industry, the Virtual Center for Advanced Studies Institution in Tokyo, and the Center for Industrial Development and Environmental Governance in Beijing. Until now the memoir has been available only in Japanese and in Chinese. The English edition will allow more young social scientists to touch the life and the work of Masahiko Aoki and be inspired to make their own versions of the “transboundary game of life.”

Keywords

  • Masahiko Aoki
  • Reiji HImeoka
  • Comparative Institutional Analysis
  • RIETI
  • CIDEG
  • Social Game
  • Virtual Research Institute
  • Intellectual Ventures
  • Serra House
  • Stanford Japan Program
  • Anti-Security Treaty
  • Japanese Economy

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stanford University, Stanford, USA

    Masahiko Aoki

About the author

Masahiko Aoki was the Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Professor Emeritus of Japanese Studies in the Department of Economics, and a senior fellow of the Stanford Institute of Economic Policy Research and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.

Aoki was a theoretical and applied economist with a strong interest in institutional and comparative issues. He specialized in the theory of institutions, corporate architecture and governance, and the Japanese and Chinese economies.

His most recent book, Corporations in Evolving Diversity: Cognition, Governance, and Institutions, based on his 2008 Clarendon Lectures, was published in 2010 by Oxford University Press. It identifies a variety of corporate architecture as diverse associational cognitive systems, and discusses their implications to corporate governance, as well their modes of interactions with society, polity, and financial markets within a unified game-theoretic perspective. His previous book, Toward a Comparative Institutional Analysis, was published in 2001 by MIT Press. This work developed a conceptual and analytical framework for integrating comparative studies of institutions in economics and other social science disciplines using game-theoretic language. Aoki's research has been also published in the leading journals in economics, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Economic Literature, Industrial and Corporate Change, and the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organizations.

Aoki was the president of the International Economic Association from 2008 to 2011, and is also a former president of the Japanese Economic Association. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society and the founding editor of the Journal of Japanese and International Economies. He was awarded the Japan Academy Prize in 1990, and the sixth International Schumpeter Prize in 1998. Between 2001 and 2004, Aoki served as the president and chief research officer of the Research Institute of Economy, Trade, and Industry, an independent administrative institution specializing in public policy research in Japan.

Aoki graduated from the University of Tokyo with a B.A. and an M.A. in economics, and earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1967. He was formerly an assistant professor at Stanford University and Harvard University and served as both an associate and full professor at the University of Kyoto before rejoining the Stanford faculty in 1984.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 54.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-981-13-2757-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 69.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)