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Shorenstein APARC Publications

Sharing scholarship and insight on pressing Asia-Pacific topics

Our publishing program

We disseminate research and insight by the Shorenstein APARC intellectual community through an active publishing program that includes an array of books, working papers, and policy briefs. In addition, our faculty and researchers publish extensively in peer-reviewed, academic journals and in scholarly and trade presses. They also frequently provide commentary on newsworthy topics affecting Asia and U.S.-Asia relations.

Featured Publications

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Financing Longevity: The Economics of Pensions, Health and Long-Term Care

In this special issue, published in The Journal of the Economics of Ageing and co-edited by Karen Eggleston, a team of scholars examines empirical and theoretical research on a range of problems pertinent to sustainable financing for long lives, covering studies on over 50 countries.
Children look around cells at Seodaemun Prison, the former prison used to lock Independent fighters from 1908, on August 15, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea.

The March First Movement of 1919 in Korea: National Resistance and Contending Legacies

In this Journal of Asian Studies article on the centennial of the March First Independence Movement of Korea, APARC director Gi-Wook Shin and co-author Rennie Moon discuss the origins of the movement and its impact and legacy for anti-imperialist movements in Asia and beyond.

Transboundary Game of Life: Memoir of Renowned Stanford Economist Masahiko Aoki

Aoki recounts his life as a young boy after WWII, as an activist opposing Japan's rearmament, and the academic journey that took him to Stanford, Harvard, Kyoto, and back again. This new English edition inspires young social scientists to make their own “transboundary game of life.”

APARC Monograph Series with Stanford University Press

Jointly with Stanford University Press, the Center produces the series Studies of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, featuring academic research by our faculty and scholars.

APARC In-House Series with the Brookings Institution Press

The Center produces a self-published book series featuring policy-relevant research and analysis by our scholars and affiliates. Titles in this series are distributed by Brookings Institution Press.

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    Working Paper

    Yusuke Asakura,
    2019

    In recent years, "innovation" has become increasingly important for Japan. Developing innovative businesses that are separate from the traditional Japanese business sphere is becoming increasingly crucial for sustained economic growth. In this report, Asakura focuses on some emerging companies that have the potential to drive innovation, and provide some reflections on the Japanese entrepreneurial environment.

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    Thomas Fingar
    2019

    Truth to Power, the first-ever history of the U.S. National Intelligence Council (NIC), is told through the reflections of its eight Chairs in the period from the end of the Cold War until 2017. Co-editors Robert Hutchings and Gregory Treverton add a substantial introduction placing the NIC in its historical context going all the way back to the Board of National Estimates in the 1940s, as well as a concluding chapter that highlights key themes and judgments.

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    Journal Article

    Hai Fang, Karen Eggleston, Kara Hanson, Ming Wu
    BMJ, 2019
    China started comprehensive health system reforms in 2009. An important goal of China’s health system reforms was to achieve universal health coverage through building a social health insurance system. Universal health coverage means that all individuals and communities should get the quality health services they need without incurring financial hardship.
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    Takeo Hoshi, Kozo Kiyota
    Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, 2019

    Promotion of inward foreign direct investment (FDI) into Japan has been an important policy in the Abenomics growth strategy. This paper examines if we observe positive impacts of the policy in the data. We first estimate a gravity model of bilateral FDIs using data for 35 OECD countries as destination countries. In estimating the model, we handle zero values for FDI stock explicitly. The model includes (origin and destination) country-specific effects as well as destination-country specific time trends.

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    Thomas Fingar
    China International Strategy Review, 2019

    Ties between individuals and institutions in the United States and the People’s Republic of China have become broader, deeper, and stronger during the four decades since the establishment of formal diplomatic relations in 1979 and the relationship can no longer be described as fragile. However, it also cannot yet be considered a normal relationship, at least not from the perspective of American citizens, companies, and commentators on international affairs. The relationship between the two largest economies and military powers has many asymmetries.

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    Anita Mukherjee, Karen Eggleston
    The Journal of the Economics of Ageing, 2019

    This special issue of The Journal of the Economics of Ageing, edited by Anita Mukherjee and APARC's Asia Health Policy Program Director Karen Eggleston, focuses on a key challenge around the world: financing the many needs that come with longer lives, lower fertility, and older population age structures. The triumph of longevity can pose a challenge to the fiscal integrity of public and private pension systems and other social support programs disproportionately used by older adults.

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    Kavita Singh, K.M. Venkat Narayan, Karen Eggleston
    Current Diabetes Reports, 2019

    With an estimated 84 million people suffering from diabetes in South Asia, the disease imposes substantial economic burdens on individuals, families, and society. Furthermore, since the disease burden increasingly occurs in the most productive midlife period, it adversely affects workforce productivity and macroeconomic development. Diabetes-related complications lead to markedly higher treatment costs, causing catastrophic medical spending for many households, thus underscoring the importance of preventing diabetes-related complications.

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    Gi-Wook Shin, Rennie Moon
    The Journal of Asian Studies, 2019

    The year 2019 is the centennial of several anti-colonialist movements that emerged in Asia, including the March First Movement of Korea, the first nationwide political protest in Korea under Japanese colonial rule. Although the movement failed to achieve national sovereignty, it left important legacies for Korea and other parts of Asia under foreign dominance.

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    Gi-Wook Shin, Rennie Moon
    Comparative Education, 2019

    This paper examines how social isolation in a non-Anglophone context where English is not the main language of instruction for local students but is for international students, has unintended consequences for social capital formation among the latter. What factors influence international student network formation in such places where linguistic barriers are institutionalised and what are their consequences not only during college but beyond, in shaping students’ career plans?

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    Masahiko Aoki
    2019

    The central part of this book is an English version of the memoir of Masahiko Aoki that was published in Japanese in 2008 (青木昌彦『私の履歴書 人生越境ゲーム』日本経済新聞出版社).

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    Policy Brief

    Todd Richardson , (with Karl W. Eikenberry and Belinda A. Yeomans)
    2019

    From October 22–23, 2018, the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative (USASI) at Stanford University, in conjunction with the Institute for China-U.S.

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    Gi-Wook Shin, Rennie Moon
    Asian Survey, 2019
    Kim Jong-un showcased a series of summit meetings throughout 2018, including the first-ever meeting of a North Korean leader with a sitting US president. North Korea improved its strained relations with China and South Korea. The country’s denuclearization has yet to be seen, but these events sparked considerable debate about the future.
     
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    Marjorie Pajaron
    Asia Health Policy Program working paper # 52, 2019

    Risky health behaviors such as illicit drug use, smoking, overconsumption of alcohol, violence, and early sexual activity have contemporaneous and intertemporal adverse health and economic outcomes. The health-related and economic costs to individuals and to society overall are particularly pronounced when adolescents are the ones engaging in one or more of such behaviors.

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    Marjorie Pajaron
    Asia Health Policy Program working paper # 53, 2019

    This paper shows that, for mothers in Cebu, Philippines, access to electricity and the type of cooking fuel used at home affect both health outcomes and also how time is allocated, including for paid work. First, the use of fuelwood for cooking adversely affects the health of mothers, who are traditionally responsible for cooking and are often at home, taking care of their families. This result is consistent across different econometric specifications.

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    Marjorie Pajaron
    Asia Health Policy Program working paper # 54, 2019

    Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), which are disorders of the heart and blood vessels, are the world’s leading cause of death (WHO, 2016). The transition from infectious diseases to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), primarily CVDs, as the primary cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide— combined with the economic burden associated with heart-related diseases—prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) and its regional offices to identify CVDs’ risk factors (WHO, 2016).

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    Megumi Kasajima, Hideki Hashimoto, Sze-Chuan Suen, Brian Chen, Karen Eggleston, Jay Bhattacharya
    Asia Health Policy Program working paper # 55, 2019

    Background: Precise future projection of population health distribution is imperative for designing an efficient healthcare system in rapidly aging countries. Multistate-transition microsimulation models such as the US Future Elderly Model have been developed based on panel data collection, but these data may not be always available. We proposed a pseudopanel method using repeated cross-sectional representative surveys as a complementary approach, and specifically applied the model to Japan's population.

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    Marjorie Pajaron
    Asia Health Policy Program working paper # 51, 2019

    The main goal of this paper is to examine whether natural disasters and the damages they cause contribute to the international migration of Filipino workers. International migration has an important economic effect on the Philippines, which was ranked third in total remittances received (USD 15.3 billion) after India and China in 2015 (World Bank 2016; BSP 2016). The Philippines, being located in the Pacific Ring of Fire and along a typhoon belt, is frequented by natural disasters, which can cause damage to assets and properties, and can potentially displace the population.

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    Journal Article

    Phillip Lipscy, Haillie Na-Kyung Lee
    International Organization, 2018

    Abstract: A large literature has established that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is heavily politicized. We argue that this politicization has important consequences for international reserve accumulation and financial crises. The IMF generates moral hazard asymmetrically, reducing the expected costs of risky lending and policies for states that are politically influential vis-à-vis the institution.

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    Xi Chen, Karen Eggleston, Ang Sun
    The Journal of the Economics of Ageing, 2018

    China launched a new rural pension scheme (NRPS) for rural residents in 2009, now covering almost all counties with over 400 million people enrolled.

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    Yong Suk Lee
    Labor Economics, 2018

    This paper examines the relationship between modern management practices and the demand for different occupational skills utilizing a unique context in South Korea after the Asian financial crisis. Management practices in South Korea had traditionally emphasized the organizational harmony over individual performance, and firm growth over short-term profits. However, as South Korea opened up to foreign firms after the financial crisis, domestic firms started to adopt western or more "modern" management practices.

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    Haibin Wu, Karen Eggleston, Jieming Zhong, Ruying Hu, Chunmei Wang, Kaixu Xie, Yiwei Chen, Xiangyu Chen, Min Yu
    BMJ Open, 2018
    Objective To evaluate type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM)-related direct medical costs by complication type and complication number, and to assess the impacts of complications as well as socioeconomic factors on direct medical costs.
     
    Design A cross-sectional study using data from the region’s diabetes management system, social security system and death registry system, 2015.
     
    Setting Tongxiang, China.
     
    Participants Individuals diagnosed with T2DM in the local dia
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    Policy Brief

    Japan Program at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, 2018

    On August 9, 2018, the Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center (APARC) hosted a conference, “Break Through: Women in Silicon Valley, Womenomics in Japan" with support from the Acceleration Program in Tokyo for Women (APT).

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    Yong Suk Lee, Yuya Sasaki
    Information Economics and Policy, 2018

    Information technology is increasingly being utilized in the property market. This paper examines how sensitive house transaction prices are to online price estimates using data collected from Zillow. We find that online property price estimates strongly predict transaction prices even when observable and unobservable house and neighborhood characteristics are controlled for. In addition, we find evidence that suggests that online price estimates may have a direct impact on transaction prices.

     

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    Karl Eikenberry, Stephen D. Krasner
    Dædalus, 2018

    There are some thirty ongoing civil wars – Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq among the high-profile case

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    Trevor Incerti, Phillip Lipscy
    Asian Survey, 2018

    Under what we call Abenergynomics, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō has used energy policy to support the growth objectives of Abenomics, even when the associated policies are publicly unpopular, opposed by utility companies, or harmful to the environment. We show how Abenergynomics has shaped Japanese policy on nuclear power, electricity deregulation, renewable energy, and climate change.

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