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FY 2012/2013 Research Topic: C-27
Economic Development and Technology Choice


The world has seen remarkable progress in technology in recent times. As such, there is a need for analysis of the institutional background of technology choice in a historical context, in order to understand the mechanisms of economic development. This analysis should be conducted for industrial sectors that are the driving forces of economic development. For example, the IT (Information Technology) industry has become huge in terms of production scale, demand, and growth rate. There are two competing technologies in this industry: the System LSI technology, which is embodied in the labor force, and general-purpose technology, which is embodied in capital. We will conduct empirical studies on economic development by investigating the relationship between technology choice and industrial development for each country and industry.


April 2011 - March 2013

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] GEMMA Masahiko (Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Waseda University)
[ Co-researchers ] YOSHINO Hisao
OYAMADA Kazuhiko
YOKOTA Kazuhiko (Associate professor, School of Commerce, Waseda University)
SHIMIZU Masayuki (Faculty of Law and Letters, Department of Comprehensive Social Systems Studies, University of the Ryukyus)