Information, Incentives and Bargaining in the Japanese Economy: A Microtheory of the Japanese Economy / Edition 1

Information, Incentives and Bargaining in the Japanese Economy: A Microtheory of the Japanese Economy / Edition 1

by Masahiko Aoki
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521386810

ISBN-13: 9780521386814

Pub. Date: 03/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is not another parable of Japan's economic success; it provides rich and systematic descriptions of Japanese microeconomic institutions and interprets their workings in terms familiar to Western economists. A systematic, in-depth analysis of Japanese institutions of this kind has never been available before. In making his comparative analysis of the Japanese…  See more details below

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This book is not another parable of Japan's economic success; it provides rich and systematic descriptions of Japanese microeconomic institutions and interprets their workings in terms familiar to Western economists. A systematic, in-depth analysis of Japanese institutions of this kind has never been available before. In making his comparative analysis of the Japanese system, the author critically examines conventional notions about the microstructure of the market economy that have strongly shaped and influenced economists' approach to industrial organization. While these notions may constitute an appropriate foundation for the analysis of the highly market-oriented Western economies, the author has found that a more complete understanding of the Japanese economy requires us to broaden such "specific" notions. Topics include the internal information structure, incentive scheme, and capital structure of the Japanese firm; corporate and bureaucratic behavior from the viewpoint of bargaining game theory; subcontract design; functions of corporate grouping; the pattern of innovation; and the possible impacts of cultural factors.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521386814
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The Information Structure of the J-firm; 3. The Ranking Hierarchy of the J-firm as Incentive Scheme; 4. Corporate Finance, Stockholding Returns and Corporate Governance Structure; 5. Bargaining Game at the J-firm; 6. The Changing Nature of Industrial Organisation; 7. Bureaupluralism; 8. Culture and Economic Rationality.

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