This project will address the following three issues, based on a comprehensive view of social sciences and while borrowing the two analytical viewpoints of economics, namely empirical science and normative philosophy: (1) Solving various questions (paradoxes, dilemmas) lurking beneath the surface of universal/general legal, economic, and political systems; (2) Devising new legal, economic, and political systems (principles, mechanisms, rules, and norms) taking clues from theory, history, surveys and concepts; (3) Providing academic support of practical knowledge, from global and local interdisciplinary points of view. More specific objectives are to search for the places where problems arise in real society, deriving clues from social choice theory, game theory mechanism design mathematical-statistical theory, labor economics, comparative economic history, public policy, philosophy of law, and other areas of specialized knowledge in order to extract concepts and ideas toward finding solutions, and to attempt an operational formulation of these.

Reiko Gotoh
Project Leader: Reiko Gotoh
Professor at Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University

Project Members:

Prof. Akira Okada (Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto Univeristy)
Prof. Takashi Ui (Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University)
Prof. Ryo Kambayashi (Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University)
Prof. Chiaki Moriguchi (Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University)
Prof. Susumu Morimura (Graduate School of Law, Hitotsubashi University)
Prof. Yasushi Kato (Graduate School of Social Science, Hitotsubashi University)
Prof. Takuji Tanaka (Graduate School of Social Science, Hitotsubashi University)
Prof. Norio Takeoka (Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University)
Assistant Prof. Daisuke Hirata (Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study, Hitotsubashi University)
Emeritus Prof. Kotaro Suzumura (Hitotsubashi Univeristy)

Research Collaborators:

Prof. Naoki Yoshihara (Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Associate Prof. Takashi Kunimoto (School of Economics, Singapore Management Univeristy)

Recently Published Papers:

Mark Koyama, Chiaki Moriguchi and Tuan-Hwee Sng, “Geopolitics and Asia’s Little Divergence: State Building in China and Japan after 1850”, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, in press. –> link