I have been amiss not to post a link to my PhD dissertation, which has been published on the website of my former university, the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, about a year ago. The title is “Urban Space in Economic History: Tokyo as Asia’s First Megacity 1945-1970”. Find the summary after the break.
There are quite a few sections in there which I would like to branch out, extend and polish for publication. Some fragments will likely only live in this document. Let the power of search engines and indexation make them discoverable if they’re helpful to anyone. Continue reading
A little snippet of the daytime work I do, which is banking and financial sector analysis for the Asian Development Bank. I wrote a little research piece on regulatory forbearance in South Asia, i.e. Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan, four countries I have been working on over the past months. You can read the entire piece here, and this is the abstract:
RF is a key concessionary strategy employed by regulators around the world to help both borrowers and banks cope with the economic crisis resulting from COVID-19. While an expedient short-term measure, there are known long-term risks associated with it. These risks are higher the deeper and longer the measures are, and the more vulnerable the underlying economy is. Using a “RF Index”, we find that among the four chosen case studies in South Asia, the likely negative effects of RF are the highest in Sri Lanka, followed by Nepal.
Economic history has a long shelf-life when it comes to the data, but needs to be read in a changing context. Besides taking stock of my research, I want to interrogate myself what impact COVID-19 may have on a future monologue.
Our Yangon Architectural Guide, which I co-wrote with Elliott Fox and Manuel Oka, came out in late 2015 and took a little more than four years to sell out its print run. What next? Some ideas regarding a second edition after the jump.
The famous Tokyo Tower view
I was remiss not to post a link to a Morgan Stanleys Ideas podcast that I featured on. Head to the website to listen to the episode “Shopping for the Future”, in which the authors try to understand what modern retail can learn from Japan. I start to speak at around 7:00.
The last of four posts sharing my TUJ syllabi is Metropolitan Tokyo. I probably put most work into this class: It was the one closest to my own research, the bar was high and I kept adapting the syllabus the more I taught it, in total five times over two years. Continue reading
The last of my four classes I taught at TUJ was this general education — “Gen Ed” — urban studies class, which TUJ ran for three consecutive semesters. Looking back, this may have been the most enjoyable of the classes of the four I taught in Tokyo. (I have also added the syllabi for two other classes I taught, i.e. Politics of the Global Economy and Economics of Development and Growth and will shortly put up the one for Metropolitan Tokyo.) Continue reading
Another syllabus of one of the classes I taught at TUJ after the jump, this time for a course called Politics of the Global Economy. This was a more or less straightforward undergraduate IPE class following a standard textbook. Do get in touch if you need any of the lecture materials or want to hear more about the course. Continue reading
This is the first of four posts showcasing the syllabi of the courses I taught at Temple University Japan (TUJ) over the past three or so years. The first one is on Economics of Development and Growth, a development economics class I taught to third and final-year students. Continue reading