Research Director Tetsuji OKAZAKI



Professor, Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo
Reseach Associate, The Mitsubishi Economic Research Institute
Faculty Fellow, Research Institutes of Economy, Trade and Industry
President, International Economic History Association  

[Research Themes]


  • Economic History
    Historical Comparative Institutional Analysis

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  • 1986.03 The University of Tokyo, Ph.D., Ecpnomics
  • 1981.03 The University of Tokyo, B.A. Economics


  • 2018 - present Honorary President, International Economic History Assocoation 
  • 2015 - 2018 President, International Economic History Association  
  • 2014 - present Research Director, The Canon Institute for Global Studies 
  • 2012 - 2015 Vice-President, International Economic History Association 
  • 2002 - 2003 Visiting Professor, Stanford University
  • 2002 Visiting Professor, École des hautes études en sciences sociales
  • 2001 - present Faculty Fellow, Research Institutes of Economy, Trade and Industry
  • 2000 - present Reseach Associate, The Mitsubishi Economic Research Institute
  • 1999 - present Professor, Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo
  • 1996 - 1997 Visiting Scholar, Stanford University
  • 1989 - 1999 Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, The University of Tokyo
  • 1986 - 1989 Research Associate, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo


  • “Creative Destruction of Industries: Yokohama City in the Great Kanto Earthquake,” forthcoming in Journal of Economic History (with Toshihiro Okubo and Eric Strobl)
  • "The Expanding Empire and Spatial Distribution of Economic Activities: The Case of Japan’s Colonization of Korea during the Pre-war Period" (with Kentaro Nakajima) ,Economic History Review 71(2): 593-616, 2018
  • ”Measuring the extent and implications of corporate political connections in prewar Japan” (with Michiru Sawada) forthcoming in Explorations in Economic History, 2017
  • ”Effects of Industrial Policy on Productivity: The Case of Import Quota Removal during Postwar Japan” (with Kozo Kiyota) forthcoming in Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, 2016
  • “Impact of Natural Disasters on Industrial Agglomeration:The Case of the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923” (with Asuka Imaizumi and Kaori Ito) Explorations in Economic History, 60:52-68, 2016
  • "Acquisitions, Productivity, and Profitability: Evidence from the Japanese Cotton Spinning Industry" (with Serguey, Braguinsky, Atsushi Ohyama,and Chad Syverson) American Economic Review, 105(7): 2086-2119, 2015
  • “Sources of Productivity Improvement in Industrial Clusters: The Case of the Prewar Japanese Silk-Reeling Industry,” Regional Science and Urban Economics, May 2014, v. 46, pp. 27-41. (with Yutaka Arimoto and Nakajima, Kentaro)
  • “Productivity Change and Mine Dynamics: The Coal Industry in Japan during World War II,” Jahrbuch fuer Wirtschaft Geschichte 2014/2:31-48, 2014
  • “Interbank Networks in Prewar Japan: Structure and Implications,” Industrial and Corporate Change, April: 463-506, 2012 (with Michiru Sawada)
  • “Supplier Networks and Aircraft Production in Wartime Japan” Economic History Review 67(3): 973-994, 2011
  • “The Role of the Government in Facilitating TFP Growth during Japan’s Rapid-growth Era,” in Keijiro Otsuka and Kaliappa Lalirajan eds. Community, Market and State in Development, 2011: 21-44 (with Shuhei Aoki, Julen Esteban-Pretel and Yasuyuki Sawada)
  • “Agrarian Land Tenancy in Prewar Japan,” Developing Economies 48(3): 293-318, 2010 (with Yutaka Arimoto and Masaki Nakabayashi)
  • “Industrial Policy Cuts Two Ways: Evidence from Cotton Spinning Firms in Japan, 1956-1964,” Journal of Law and Economics 53(3): 587-609, 2010 (with Kozo Kiyota)
  • “Micro-aspects of Monetary Policy: Lender of Last Resort and Selection of Banks in Pre-war Japan,” Explorations in Economic History, 44(4): 657-679, 2007
  • Effects of a Bank Consolidation Promotion Policy: Evaluating Bank Law in 1927 Japan,” Financial History Review, 14(1): 29-61, 2007 (with Michiru Sawada)
  • “’Voice’ and ‘Exit’ in Japanese Firms during the Second World War: Sanpo Revisited,” Economic History Review, 59(2):374-395, 2006
  • “The Role of Merchant Coalition in Pre-modern Japanese Economic Development,” Explorations in Economic History, 42: 184-201, 2005
  • “Measuring the Extent and Implications of Director Interlocking in Prewar Japanese Banking Industry,” Journal of Economic History, 65(4), 1082-1115, 2005, (with Michiru Sawada and Kazuki Yokoyama)
  • “Foreign Technology Acquisition Policy and Firm Performance in Japan, 1957-1970: Micro-Aspects of Industrial Policy,” International Journal of Industrial Organization, 23(7-8): 563-586, 2005 (with Kozo Kiyota)