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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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Providing a Framework for Understanding Korea’s Increasingly Diverse Migrants

A special section in the latest issue of the journal Asian Survey, coedited by Gi-Wook Shin and resulting from the ninth Koret Workshop, charts a course for understanding the human and social capital contributions of Korea’s increasingly heterogeneous migrants.
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Financing Longevity: The Economics of Pensions, Health and Long-Term Care

In a special issue of The Journal of the Economics of Ageing, co-edited by Karen Eggleston, a team of scholars examines empirical and theoretical research on problems pertinent to sustainable financing for long lives, covering studies on over 50 countries.

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

Aoki recounts his life growing up after WWII, as an activist opposing Japan's rearmament, and the journey that took him to Stanford, Harvard, Kyoto, and back again. This 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.

Publications

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    Working Paper

    Karen Eggleston, Mingshan Lu, Congdong Li, Jian Wang, Zhe Yang, Jing Zhang
    Asia Health Policy Program working paper #7, 2009

    Government and private roles in health service delivery remain controversial in China, as in many countries.  Using 2004 data from over 360 government-owned and private hospitals in Guangdong Province, we find that non-government hospitals serve an overlapping but distinct market.  They are smaller, newer market entrants, more likely to specialize, and less likely to be included in urban social insurance networks.

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    Ha Nguyen
    Asia Health Policy Program working paper #12, 2009

    The principal-agent problem in health care asserts that providers, being imperfect agents for patients, will act to maximize their profits at the expense of the patients’ interests. This problem applies especially where professional regulations are lacking and incentives exist to directly link providers’ actions to their profits, such as a fee-for-service payment system. The current analysis tests for the existence of the principal-agent problem in the private health market in Vietnam by examining the prescribing patterns of the private providers.

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    Book

    Richard C. Martin, Abbas Barzegar, Donald K. Emmerson, Daniel M. Varisco
    Stanford University Press, 2009

    As America struggles to understand Islam and Muslims on the world stage, one concept in particular dominates public discourse: Islamism. References to Islamism and Islamists abound in the media, in think tanks, and in the general study of Islam, but opinions vary on the differences of degree and kind among those labeled Islamists. This book debates what exactly is said when we use this contentious term in discussing Muslim religion, tradition, and social conflict.

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    Commentary

    Ulrike Schaede
    Oriental Economist Report, 2009

    (excerpt) In our excitement over China’s ascent, we have forgotten to update our view of corporate Japan.

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    Policy Brief

    Shorenstein APARC, 2009

    The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) convened the first Stanford Kyoto Trans-Asian Dialogue in Kyoto, Japan, on September 10 and 11, 2009. The Dialogue addressed the critical theme of “Energy, Environment, and Economic Growth in Asia,” and gathered participants from eight countries across the Asia-Pacific region: the United States, Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, and India.

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    Journal Article

    Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert, Ratanawijitrasin S, Vidyasagar S, Wang XY, Aljunid S Aljunid S, Shah N Shah N, Wang Z, Hirunrassamee S, Bairy KL, Wang J, Saperi S, Nur AM, Karen Eggleston
    Diabetic Medicine, 2009

    Aims The prevalence of Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) has grown rapidly, but little is known about the drivers of inpatient spending in low- and middle-income countries. This study aims to compare the clinical presentation and expenditure on hospital admission for inpatients with a primary diagnosis of Type 2 DM in India, China, Thailand and Malaysia.

    Methods We analysed data on adult, Type 2 DM patients admitted between 2005 and 2008 to five tertiary hospitals in the four countries, reporting expenditures relative to income per capita in 2007.

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    Book

    Andrew G. Walder
    Harvard University Press, 2009

    Fractured Rebellion is the first full-length account of the evolution of China's Red Guard Movement in Beijing, the nation's capital, from its beginnings in 1966 to its forcible suppression in 1968. Andrew Walder combines historical narrative with sociological analysis as he explores the radical student movement's crippling factionalism, devastating social impact, and ultimate failure.

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    Ulrike Schaede
    International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, 2009

    One prominent feature of Japanese automobile manufacturing in the postwar period was a system of sourcing parts from closely affiliated smaller firms in long-term, stable relations.

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    Andrew G. Walder
    Current History, 2009

    A proliferation of local protests notwithstanding, economic reforms have worked, today's youth display national pride, the leadership is unified -- and the party-state is more secure than ever. Indeed, the overall political situation in China is far more favorable for the regime than it was during the relatively tumultuous and strife-torn first decade of economic reform.

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    Steven R. Reed, Kenneth Mori McElwain, Kaoru (Kay) Shimizu
    Shorenstein APARC, 2009

    In the early 1990s, Japanese reformers promised a political transformation: fewer pork-barrel projects, more accountability, and greater transparency. Have these promises been realized?

    In the past twenty years, Japanese politics has undergone many dramatic changes. Electoral reform altered the relationship between politicians and voters, and Japan has steadily moved toward a two-party system.

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    Donald Macintyre, Daniel C. Sneider, Gi-Wook Shin
    Shorenstein APARC, distributed by Brookings Institution Press, 2009

    Few regions rival the Korean Peninsula in strategic importance to U.S. foreign policy. For half a century, America has stationed tens of thousands of troops in South Korea to defend its ally from the threat of North Korean aggression. South Korea, in turn, is critical to the defense of Japan, another ally and the linchpin of American interests in East Asia. The rise of a nuclear-armed North has upped the ante.

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    Karen Eggleston
    Shorenstein APARC, distributed by Brookings Institution press, 2009

    Pharmaceutical policies are interlinked globally and at the same time deeply rooted in local culture. Prescribing Cultures examines how pharmaceuticals and their regulation play an important and often contentious role in the health systems of the Asia-Pacific.

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    Working Paper

    Dr. Christian Lorenz
    Asia Health Policy Program working paper #9, 2009

    Out-of-pocket (OoP) household health expenditures are among the most difficult factors to measure in the context of National Health Accounts (NHA). Yet their measurement is important: OoP household expenditures are typically the first or second largest source of health care financing in developing countries. Their incorrect measurement can undermine the credibility of total health spending estimates and thus NHA statistics, which are an otherwise important resource for policy makers.

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    Rafiq Dossani
    2009

    The objective of this paper is to examine the ‘soft power' exercised by associations formed by the Indian diaspora in the United States, as it relates to: (a) building up the image of India as a deserving member of the global elite - politically, culturally and economically, and, then, (b) using that image to achieve certain goals for their country of origin. The term "association" is used to denote both formal non-profit organizations, such as trade associations, and informal non-profit organizations.

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    Policy Brief

    Michael H. Armacost, Thomas C. Hubbard, Evans J. R. Revere, Gi-Wook Shin, Charles ''Jack'' L. Pritchard, Don Oberdorfer, David Straub, Daniel C. Sneider, Robert Carlin, Victor Cha
    Shorenstein APARC, 2009

    In these uncertain times, the new Obama administration has an important opportunity to transform our vitally important alliance with the Republic of Korea (ROK, or South Korea) into a broader and deeper regional and even global partnership. South Korean President Lee Myung- bak is committed to the concept, and he has four more years in office to work with President Obama on it. The South Korean public also feels considerable goodwill toward President Obama.

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    Journal Article

    Rafiq Dossani, Martin Kenney
    Review of Policy Research, 2009

    Since 1995, the offshoring of services to India has rapidly evolved from a curiosity only studied by a few scholars to a phenomenon portending a major shift in the geography of global economic activity. The article examines the evolution of Indian global services provision quantitatively and qualitatively through the use of four case studies. The first case study examines the challenge that the Indian information technology systems integrators (ITSIs) pose to the formerly larger—but now roughly comparable in terms of employment—incumbent developed-nation ITSIs.

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    Andrew Walder, Songhua Hu
    American Journal of Sociology, 2009

    Do regime change and market reform disrupt patterns of intergenerational mobility? China's political trajectory is distinctive from that of other communist regimes in two ways. During its first three decades, the regime enforced unusually restrictive barriers to elite status inheritance. And during the subsequent market transition, unlike most of its counterparts, the Communist Party survived intact.

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    Working Paper

    Sanita Hirunrassamee, Sauwakon Ratanawijitrasin
    Asia Health Policy Program working paper #4, 2009

    Hospitals in Thailand operate in a multiple insurance payment environment. This paper examines 1) access to medicines and other medical technologies, 2) treatment outcomes, and 3) efficiency in resource use, among beneficiaries of the three government health insurance schemes in Thailand. Using 2003-2005 inpatient data for patients with three tracer diseases from three government hospitals, we find that utilization of more expensive items differs between patients whose insurers pay on a closed- or open-ended basis. Where new vs.

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    Zhe Zhang, Ming Jia, Difang Wan
    Asia Health Policy Program working paper #6, 2009

    This article uses incomplete contract theory to study the allocation of control rights in public-private partnerships (PPPs) between pharmaceutical enterprises and nonprofit organizations; it also investigates how this allocation influences cooperation efficiency. We first develop a mathematic model for the allocation of control rights and its influence on cooperation efficiency, and then derive some basic hypotheses from the model. The results of an empirical test show that the allocation of control rights influences how enterprises invest in PPPs.

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    Byong Ho Tchoe, Sang-Ho Nam
    Asia Health Policy Program working paper #3, 2009

    To analyze the impact of population aging on medical costs in South Korea, the authors use several approaches. Observation of the medical cost profile by age showed that, as the data was closer to the present, the medical costs for older people increased. The treatment quantity excluding price index was also increasing for older people. This implies that the medical resources that are allocated to older people are increasing, due to the increased resources applied to extend the expected life span that was enabled through higher income levels, rather than by aging itself.

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    Policy Brief

    Don Keyser
    Shorenstein APARC, 2009

    President Obama’s inauguration one week from today invites us to consider the
    immediate agenda and outlook for U.S.-ROK relations. That agenda might usefully
    address the following items:

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    Journal Article

    Kenji Kushida, John Zysman
    Review of Policy Research, 2009

    There is currently a fundamental transformation of services, a transformation central to the growth of productivity and competition in the global economy. This transformation, a response to commodification generated by decomposition of production and intensified competition in global markets, is driven by developments in IT tools, the uses they are being put to, and the networks they run on. The service transformation is changing how firms add value, affecting the underlying economic activity in countries around the world.

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