Seminar - Why research the Japanese economy?

As Japan rapidly grew in the 1960s and 1970s, interests on the Japanese economy grew tremendously. The research community followed the growth of public interests, and provided valuable insights into the functioning of the Japanese economy. With the decline in the relative importance of the Japanese economy in the world, however, research interests on the Japanese economy subsided.

Given this backdrop, what significance can a research on the Japanese economy have in economics?

This seminar will outline what Angrist & Pischke (2010) called ‘the credibility revolution in empirical economics,’ and discuss how the Japanese economy provides unique opportunities to learn about behaviours of economic agents, particularly their reactions to economic policies. The seminar draws from research on taxation Dr. Onji conducted in the Australia Japan Research Centre to illustrate lessons from the Japanese tax policy.

Dr Kazuki Onji is a Lecturer at the Australia-Japan Research Centre in the Crawford School of Public Policy. Before joining ANU in 2006, he completed a PhD in Economics at the University of California, San Diego and a Bachelor of Economics with Honours at ANU. His current research interest is on the taxation of corporate groups. His research papers have been published in the Journal of Public Economics, BE Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (Advances), Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, and Small Business Economics.

Light lunch available beforehand.

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