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1st Edition

Technological Innovation and Economic Development in Modern Japan

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ISBN 9780367619831
December 15, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages - 46 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book analyses the relationship between technological innovation and economic development in Japan before World War II.

The author deploys econometric analysis, multivariate statistical analysis and case studies from different industries to shed light on technological innovation in the Japanese context with particular emphasis on the importance of the patent system. The large amount of new inventions and patents in the period led to fast economic growth in Japan characterized by the simultaneous development of both traditional and modern industries. These insights help reshape the understanding of Japan's economic development and industrial advancement at an early stage and provide pointers to developing countries in terms of how human capital, social capabilities and thereby technological innovation can figure in economic growth.

The book will appeal to academics of the East Asian economy, development economics and modern economic history as well as general readers interested in the miracle of the Japanese economy as the first to achieve economic development and modernization among non-Western countries.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Preliminary Investigation  1. Topic and Outlook Part 2 Characteristics of Innovation and Development  2. Structural Changes in Industrial Development: Tradition and Modernity  3. Industrial Development and Innovation: Technology Impetus and Demand Driver  4. Regional Nature of the Power Revolution  Part 3 Conditions for Innovation and Development  5. Human Resources: Analysis of Inventors  6. Market Structure: On Schumpeter Hypothesis  7. Technology Policy: Analysis of Patent System Part 4 Cases of Innovation and Development  8. Case of Traditional industries: The Rise and Fall of the Rickshaw Industry  9. Case of Intermediate Industry: The Development of the Bicycle Industry  10. Case of Modern industries: The Rise of the Automotive Industry  Part 5 Concluding Remarks and Implications  11. Concluding Remarks and Implications

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Guan Quan is a Professor in the School of Economics at Renmin University of China.