IER NEWSLETTER Vol. 4 (2016/2/29) 


1. Information
2. Column
3. Visitors
4. Seminar Schedule
5. New Publications

     1. Information     


Joint Usage/Research Center: "Center for Empirical Analysis on Japanese and Global Economy" was officially authorized from MEXT.  The second period will be from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2022.


     2. Column     


Visiting Faculty, Center for Economic Institutions, Institute of
Economic Research (2015/11/30-2016/2/28)
My career as a scholar began late, when I entered the PhD program in economics at Cornell University in the United States at the age of 33 after leaving a steel company. After thinking of various ways to overcome my “three great hardships” of lacking a grounding in economics, poor English-language skills, and getting a late start at more than 30 years of age, I resolved that I would ask questions if there was anything I did not understand during a class. Even though I thought my classmates might get tired of it, I thought I could not afford to care what anybody else thought. However, about a month after courses began a number of students told me that they were glad I had asked questions about things they were wondering about but were afraid to ask. They encouraged me to keep asking questions. After that, I began to ask even more questions.
I was most fortunate to be able to meet Prof. Mike Waldman during my third year in the PhD program. After I enthusiastically explained to him my ideas for my PhD thesis, he said, “Your ideas are interesting. Have you written anything?” But when I showed him a rough draft of my thesis he said, “That’s no way to write an essay. You need to learn how to write an essay in English from the ground up.” This was near the end of my third year in the program. Thinking about my own age, I began to think that maybe I should give up on earning a PhD. I consulted with Mike about this, and he asked, “How old are you?” When I answered, “I just turned 36,” he let out a loud laugh. “You’re still young! When you said you thought you were too old, I thought maybe you were over 60 and just looked young. Rather than worrying about your age, I want you to rewrite these paragraphs of this rough draft by next week.” I saw then that it was never too late, and all I could do was keep moving forward.  After that, he taught me thoroughly on how to write an essay, word by word, line by line. I came to understand deeply that to write was to think, and to get a feel for both the importance and difficulty of identifying the logic and connotations behind a theoretical analysis and expressing them in plain language.
My five years at Cornell, where I was able somehow to overcome my “three great hardships” with the blessings of wonderful instructors and friends, were a truly irreplaceable experience in my life. I strive to teach my own students in ways that will enable me to pay back, if only a little, my indebtedness to Prof. Waldman.

     3. Visitors     


[Visiting and Adjunct Faculties]
Konosuke Odaka (Hitotsubashi University, Professor Emeritus)  From 2015/12/1 to 2016/3/31
Osamu Saito (Hitotsubashi University, Professor Emeritus) 2015/12/1 to 2016/3/31
Reiko Aoki (Kyushu University) 2015/4/2-2016/3/31
Kazuko Kano (Musashino University) 2015/4/2-2016/3/18
Stacey H. Chen (Academia Sinica) 2015/4/2-2016/3/18
[Visiting Scholars]
Ingrid Robeyns (Utrecht University) 2016/3/16-2016/3/23
Favio Vasconcellos Comim (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) 2016/3/7-2016/3/14
Enrica Chiappero Martinetti (University of Pavia) 2016/3/5-2016/3/17
Markus Heckel (Gooethe University Frankfurt) 2016/2/21-2016/3/21
Katsuo Kogure (Osaka University) 2015/10/1-2016/3/31

     4. Seminar Schedule     


Mar 2, 2016, 15:00-
Seminar Series for JSPS Strategic International Networking Program No.9
1. Francesco Chiesa (University of Pavia)
2. Miriam Teschl (EHESS)
Mar 8, 2016, 10:10-
4th Symposium on 'Financial Engineering and ERM'/ CFEE
Toshihiro YAMADA (Hitotsubashi University)
Masahiro YAMADA (Hitotsubashi University)
Yingying LI (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Hideatsu TSUKAHARA (Seijyo University)
Andrew PATTON (New York University)
Tsunehiro ISHIHARA (Osaka University)
Ying CHEN (National University of Singapore)
Mar 11, 2016, 13:00-
One-day Trade Workshop
Mar 11, 2016, 15:00-
Seminar Series for JSPS Strategic International Networking Program No.10
1. Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti (University of Pavia)
2. Flavio Comim (University of Cambridge)
Mar 14, 2016, 10:15-
HIAS One-Day Workshop on Economic Development in East Asia
1. Herman de Jong (University of Groningen)
2. Pierre van der Eng (Australian National University)
3. Jean-Pascal Bassino (Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon)
4. Chiaki Moriguchi (Hitotsubashi University)
5. Osamu Saito (Hitotsubashi University)
Mar 15, 2016, 16:30-
Industry and Labor Economics Workshop/Seminar Series for JSPS Strategic
International Networking Program No.11
Krzysztof Karbownik (Northwestern University)
Mar 16, 2016, 12:15-
Innovation Forum
Dumisani Magadlela (Programme Manager, Pan African Capacity Building
Programme, Development Bank of Southern Africa)
Mar 16, 2016, 16:30-
HIAS Seminar
Prashant Bharadwaj (University of California, San Diego)
Mar 17, 2016, 10:30-
Seminar Series for JSPS Strategic International Networking Program No.12
Ingrid Robeyns (Utrecht University)
Mar 22, 2016, 16:30-
Industry and Labor Economics Workshop/International Trade and Investment
Valerie Smeets (Aarhus University)
Mar 24, 2016, 16:30-
Industry and Labor Economics Workshop/Center for Research on
Contemporary Economic Systems
Seonghoon Kim (Singapore Management University)
Mar 29, 2016, 16:00-
Seminar Series for JSPS Strategic International Networking Program No.14
Minquan Liu (Peking University)
Apr 14, 2016, 16:30-
HIAS Seminar/Economic Theory Workshop
Shmuel Nitzan (Bar-Ilan University)

     5. New Publications      


HIT-REFINED Working Paper Series
[Feb 29, 2016]
Mitsukuni Nishida
HIT-REFINED Working Paper Series
[Feb 24, 2016]
Tomohiro Hirano, Noriyuki Yanagawa
Takayuki Mizuno, Takaaki Ohnishi, Tsutomu Watanabe
Takayuki Mizuno, Takaaki Ohnishi, Tsutomu Watanabe
Arito Ono, Yukiko Saito, Koji Sakai, Iichiro Uesugi
Arito Ono, Hirofumi Uchida, Gregory F. Udell, Iichiro Uesugi
HIT-REFINED Working Paper Series
[Feb 16, 2016]
W. Erwin Diewert, Chihiro Shimizu
Chihiro Shimizu, Yongheng Deng, Yasuhito Kawamura, Kiyohiko Nishimura
Chihiro Shimizu, Koji Karato
Chihiro Shimizu, Satoshi Imai, Erwin Diewert
IER Discussion Paper Series
[Feb 9, 2016]
Naoki Yoshihara
Michele Lombardi and Naoki Yoshihara
Naoki Yoshihara and Soh Kaneko
Giorgos Galanis, Roberto Veneziani and Naoki Yoshihara
HIT-REFINED Working Paper Series
[Jan 27, 2016]
Kiyohiko G. Nishimura