The History of Economic Thought
Online ISSN : 1884-7358
Print ISSN : 1880-3164
ISSN-L : 1880-3164
Volume 60 , Issue 2
Showing 1-17 articles out of 17 articles from the selected issue
  • Goshi Fuse
    2019 Volume 60 Issue 2 Pages 1-19
    Published: 2019
    Released: September 04, 2019
    JOURNALS OPEN ACCESS
    Abstract: Although the relationship between liberalism and his political thought has been emphasized, the classical aspect of his economic theories has been underestimated. This has, in my view, several reasons: To be sure, Ishibashi was one of those who had introduced Keynesian economics and his idea of positive fiscal policy. At the same tine, Ishibashi also admitted the rigidity of the market system. But this aspect of his economics did not prevent him to be committed to the classical economic theories, based on free market. It is characteristic of Ishibashi that these aspects existed together in theory and in practice. Based on this understanding, this paper attempts to reveal his optimism about price adjustment. This, in my understanding, led to his basic optimism about inflation. Thus, the study contributes to the better understanding of Ishibashi’s economic thought in particular and also to the better understanding of the many-layered disputes in his age in general. JEL classification number: B31.
    Download PDF (823K)
  • Ryuichiro Terakawa
    2019 Volume 60 Issue 2 Pages 20-41
    Published: 2019
    Released: September 04, 2019
    JOURNALS OPEN ACCESS
    Abstract: While John R. Commons (1862―1945) is well known for his studies on American labor and Anglo-American economic law, even researchers of the history of economic thought are unfamiliar with his career-long devotion to the study of monetary questions. It was not until the 1990s that a few researchers discovered that Commons, in his later years, developed the concept of endogenous money, according to which money is a dynamic process that gets created, transferred, and extinguished alongside ongoing economic transactions. However, it is still unclear how he developed the concept in his long career as an economist. To tackle this question, this study focuses on Commons in his earliest days and reexamines his works on monetary reform published in the aftermath of the financial panic of 1893.   The salient features of Commons’ money reform plan can be summarized as follows: (1) adopting “bullion notes” as base monies that are redeemable in silver at its market price, and (2) establishing a monetary commission that compiles the price index and accordingly keeps the average price at a constant level through the silver bullion open market operations. To understand the true scope of the plan, this study revisits its historical context, that is, the establishment of the international gold standard after 1873, the 1893 banking and dollar crisis, and the debate on the national banking currency after the crisis. It eventually demonstrates Commons’ early theory of money and credit, which underlies his reform plan. The study finds that Commons takes a nominalist position on the nature of money, adopts an endogenous approach on credit money supply, and recognizes a governmental role in credit administration in his money reform plan. JEL classification numbers: B15, B31, E42.
    Download PDF (842K)
  • Izumi Hishiyama, Junsuke Miyamoto, Robert Chapeskie
    2019 Volume 60 Issue 2 Pages 42-96
    Published: 2019
    Released: September 04, 2019
    JOURNALS OPEN ACCESS
    Introduction by Junsuke Miyamoto In 1956 Izumi Hishiyama and Yoshihiro Taguchi translated two essays by Piero Sraffa, ʻSulle relazioni fra costo e quantità prodottaʼ (1925) and ʻThe Laws of Returns under Competitive Conditionsʼ (1926), and published them, with the addition of commentary by Hishiyama, as Keizaigaku ni okeru Koten to Kindai-Shinkotengakuha no Kentō to Dokusenriron no Tenkai (The Classical and the Modern in Economics: The Examination of the Neoclassical School and the Development of Monopoly Theory, Tokyo: Yuhikaku) in the same year. It is the commentary by Hishiyama included in this book, ʻSraffaʼs Position in the History of Economic Thought and the Significance of his Study of Ricardo,ʼ that has been translated into English here.   Izumi Hishiyama (1923-2007) began his work as a scholar with the study of François Quesnayʼs tableau économique, and the results of these efforts were brought together in ʻThe Tableau Économique of Quesnay: Its Analysis, Recon-struction and Applicationʼ (Kyoto University Economic Review, April 1960). This work received international acclaim as the first thoroughgoing attempt at a dynamic treatment of the tableau économique model. Later, Hishiyama en-countered Sraffaʼs essay ʻSulle relazioni fra costo e quantità prodotta,ʼ which made a profound impression on him, and through the intermediary of Sraffa developed an interest in classical school economics centred on David Ricardo, on the one hand, and the economics of Alfred Marshall and the Cambridge school, on the other. On the basis of an approach that involved reviving the ideas of the classical school in modern economics, Hishiyama presented a large amount of excellent research ranging from the economics of the classical school to the economics of his day. He is renowned in particular as a pioneer of Sraffian economics in Japan, and in 1962 published, together with Hiroshi Yamashita as his co-translator, a groundbreaking Japanese translation of Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities: Prelude to a Critique of Economic Theory (1960), one of Sraffaʼs most important works. In 1993 he published Sraffa Keizaigaku no Gendaiteki Hyōka (A Modern Evaluation of Sraffian Economics, Kyoto: Kyoto University Press), a text that can be described as one of his most significant works, in which he considered Sraffaʼs economics from a multi-layered perspective and attempted to establish his contribution to modern economics.
    Download PDF (607K)
  • Taro Hisamatsu, Naoyuki Wakamatsu
    2019 Volume 60 Issue 2 Pages 97-101
    Published: 2019
    Released: September 04, 2019
    JOURNALS OPEN ACCESS
    Download PDF (422K)
  • Nobuhiko Nakazawa
    2019 Volume 60 Issue 2 Pages 102-105
    Published: 2019
    Released: September 04, 2019
    JOURNALS OPEN ACCESS
    Download PDF (629K)
  • Yoshihiro Yamzaki
    2019 Volume 60 Issue 2 Pages 106-110
    Published: 2019
    Released: September 04, 2019
    JOURNALS OPEN ACCESS
    Download PDF (646K)
  • Kenicih Arakawa
    2019 Volume 60 Issue 2 Pages 111-112
    Published: 2019
    Released: October 14, 2019
    JOURNALS OPEN ACCESS
    Download PDF (558K)
  • Daisuke Nakai
    2019 Volume 60 Issue 2 Pages 113-114
    Published: 2019
    Released: October 14, 2019
    JOURNALS OPEN ACCESS
    Download PDF (414K)
  • Takashi Yamamoto
    2019 Volume 60 Issue 2 Pages 115-116
    Published: 2019
    Released: October 14, 2019
    JOURNALS OPEN ACCESS
    Download PDF (410K)
  • Norihisa Yamashita
    2019 Volume 60 Issue 2 Pages 117-118
    Published: 2019
    Released: October 14, 2019
    JOURNALS OPEN ACCESS
    Download PDF (534K)
  • Seiichiro Ito
    2019 Volume 60 Issue 2 Pages 119-120
    Published: 2019
    Released: October 14, 2019
    JOURNALS OPEN ACCESS
    Download PDF (568K)
  • Takashi Okuda
    2019 Volume 60 Issue 2 Pages 121-122
    Published: 2019
    Released: October 14, 2019
    JOURNALS OPEN ACCESS
    Download PDF (588K)
  • Nobuyuki Ishii
    2019 Volume 60 Issue 2 Pages 123-124
    Published: 2019
    Released: October 14, 2019
    JOURNALS OPEN ACCESS
    Download PDF (541K)
  • Mariko Adachi
    2019 Volume 60 Issue 2 Pages 125-126
    Published: 2019
    Released: October 14, 2019
    JOURNALS OPEN ACCESS
    Download PDF (560K)
  • Makoto Okuyama
    2019 Volume 60 Issue 2 Pages 127-128
    Published: 2019
    Released: October 14, 2019
    JOURNALS OPEN ACCESS
    Download PDF (561K)
  • Takumi Yamaguchi
    2019 Volume 60 Issue 2 Pages 129-130
    Published: 2019
    Released: October 14, 2019
    JOURNALS OPEN ACCESS
    Download PDF (539K)
  • Shigeyuki Hattori
    2019 Volume 60 Issue 2 Pages 131-132
    Published: 2019
    Released: October 14, 2019
    JOURNALS OPEN ACCESS
    Download PDF (532K)
feedback
Top