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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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Poisonous Pandas: Chinese Cigarette Manufacturing in Critical Historical Perspectives

In this volume, leading scholars investigate the proliferation of cigarette manufacturing over the last fifty years. Focusing on China, the world’s largest manufacturer and consumer of cigarettes, they uncover new knowledge about the sources of the greatest health crisis of our day and how it may be quashed.
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The Politics of Energy and Climate Change in Japan under Abe: Abenergynomics

In this Asian Survey article, Phillip Lipscy and co-author Trevor Incerti show how Prime Minister Abe has used energy policy to support the growth objectives of Abenomics and shape Japanese policy on nuclear power, electricity deregulation, renewable energy, and climate change.
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Economic Dimensions of Personalized and Precision Medicine in Asia

This paper, co-authored by APARC Deputy Director Karen Eggleston, examines the extent of pharmaceutical company coverage of cancer testing and its impact on patient access to treatment in Taiwan. It is a chapter in a National Bureau of Economic Research book forthcoming from University of Chicago Press.

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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Karen Eggleston, M. Kate Bundorf, Margaret Triyana, Yan Wang, Sen Zhou
Cambridge University Press, 2017

"Health Insurance and Chronic Disease Control: Quasi-experimental Evidence from Hypertension in Rural China" is a chapter within the volume China's Healthcare System and Reform. The volume provides a comprehensive review of China’s healthcare system and policy reforms in the context of the global economy. Following a valuechain framework, the 16 chapters cover the payers, the providers, and the producers (manufacturers) in China’s system.

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Rennie J. Moon, Gi-Wook Shin
Pacific Affairs, 2016

In this paper, we explore a new framework for higher education official development assistance (ODA) with a focus on the transnational bridging benefits of social capital. We first explain why and how a transnational social capital approach can improve the current focus on human resources and local bridges in higher education development.

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Mark R. Cullen, Michael Baiocchi, Karen Eggleston, Pooja Loftus, Victor Fuchs
Asia Health Policy Program working paper # 41, 2016

Abstract. Sex differences in mortality (SDIM) vary over time and place as a function of social, health, and medical circumstances. The magnitude of these variations, and their response to large socioeconomic changes, suggest that biological differences cannot fully account for sex differences in survival. We develop a set of empiric observations about SDIM with which any theory will have to contend.

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Kimberly Singer Babiarz, Karen Eggleston, Grant Miller, Qiong Zhang
Asia Health Policy Program working paper # 40, 2016

Between 1950 and 1980, China experienced the most rapid sustained increase in life expectancy in documented global history. However, no study of which we are aware has quantitatively assessed the relative importance of the various explanations proposed for these gains in survival.

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Mark R. Cullen, Michael Baiocchi, Karen Eggleston, Pooja Loftus, Victor Fuchs
Asia Health Policy Program working paper # 41, 2016

Sex differences in mortality (SDIM) vary over time and place as a function of social, health, and medical circumstances. The magnitude of these variations, and their response to large socioeconomic changes, suggest that biological differences cannot fully account for sex differences in survival. We develop a set of empiric observations about SDIM with which any theory will have to contend.

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Kenji E. Kushida, Kenji Kushida, F. Xavier Olleros, Majlinda Zhegu, Et al.
2016

The digital transition of the world economy is now entering a phase of broad and deep societal impact. While there is one overall transition, there are many different sectoral transformations, from health and legal services to tax reports and taxi rides, as well as a rising number of transversal trends and policy issues, from widespread precarious employment and privacy concerns to market monopoly and cybercrime. This Research Handbook offers a rich and interdisciplinary synthesis of some of the recent research on the digital transformations currently under way.

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Journal Article

Yong Suk Lee
Journal of Economic Geography, 16, 2016

Does entrepreneurship cause local employment and wage growth, and if so, how large is the impact? Empirical analysis of such a question is difficult because of the joint determination of entrepreneurship and economic growth. This article uses two different sets of variables—the homestead exemption levels in state bankruptcy laws from 1975 and the share of metropolitan statistical area (MSA) overlaying aquifers—to instrument for entrepreneurship and examine urban employment and wage growth between 1993 and 2002.

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Kenji E. Kushida
Asahi Shimbun Publications Inc., 2016

アルゴリズム革命とは、
情報処理能力の飛躍的向上により、
あらゆる人間活動が計測され
機械によって代替される流れのこと。
Fintech
IoT
Cloud
Computing
AIなど、
シリコンバレーの最先端の動きと
これから日本で起こることを、
スタンフォード大学の研究員がわかりやすく解説。

――目次――
【CHAPTER 1】アルゴリズム革命とAIのインパクト
●シリコンバレーは世界の姿を一変させる
●アルゴリズムで人間の活動を置き換える
●人工知能は人の仕事を奪うのか
●スケールしないビジネスは生き残れない
●次に破壊されるのはどの業界か
★シリコンバレーの強さの秘密1――循環する人材

【CHAPTER 2】クラウド・コンピューティングの本質とは
●クラウドで人類の情報処理能力が豊富なリソースへ
●クラウドは巨大な設備投資で実現
●インフラとしてのクラウドの可能性
●クラウドは安全なのか
●豊富な情報処理能力はコモディティ化の波を作る
●大企業がクラウドを使いこなす日

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Kenji E. Kushida
Asian Research Policy , 2016

This paper asks the following: what does Japan's startup ecosystem look like now, how did it develop, and where it is headed? These are critical questions because high-growth startup firms are now recognized as potential drivers or growth, innovation, and productivity gains for advanced industrialized countries (Gornall and Strebulaev, 2015; Wiens and Jackson, 2015).

 

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Mark R. Cullen, Michael Baiocchi, Karen Eggleston, Pooja Loftus, Victor R. Fuchs
SSM - Population Health, 2016

Sex differences in mortality vary over time and place as a function of social, health, and medical circumstances. The magnitude of these variations, and their response to large socioeconomic changes, suggest that biological differences cannot fully account for sex differences in survival. Drawing on a wide swath of mortality data across countries and over time, we develop a set of empiric observations with which any theory about excess male mortality and its correlates will have to contend.

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Stephen W. Bosworth
2016
In 2014 Ambassador Stephen W. Bosworth was a Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) in the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) of International Studies at Stanford University. Bosworth, who passed away in January 2016, was a three-time U.S.
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Karen Eggleston
Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, distributed by Brookings Institution Press, 2016

The world’s two most populous countries face numerous policy challenges from rapid demographic change. Drawing on social science expertise from China, India, and the United States, the contributors examine the social and economic challenges for policies across a range of domains, from China’s changed family planning policies and India’s efforts to address gender imbalance, to both countries’ policies regarding old-age support, human capital investment, poverty alleviation, and broader issues of governance.

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Jaeeun Kim
Stanford University Press, 2016

Scholars have long examined the relationship between nation-states and their "internal others," such as immigrants and ethno-racial minorities. Contested Embrace shifts the analytic focus to explore how a state relates to people it views as "external members" such as emigrants and diasporas. Specifically, Jaeeun Kim analyzes disputes over the belonging of Koreans in Japan and China, focusing on their contested relationship with the colonial and postcolonial states in the Korean peninsula.

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Gi-Wook Shin, Daniel C. Sneider
Stanford University Press, 2016

No nation is free from the charge that it has a less-than-complete view of the past. History is not simply about recording past events—it is often contested, negotiated, and reshaped over time. Debate over the history of World War II in Asia remains surprisingly intense, and Divergent Memories examines the opinions of powerful individuals to pinpoint the sources of conflict: from Japanese colonialism in Korea and atrocities in China to the American decision to use atomic weapons against Japan.

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Siegfried S. Hecker, Chaim Braun, Christopher Lawrence, Panos Papadiamantis
2016
In January 2004, a delegation from Stanford University led by Prof. John W. Lewis and joined by one of the authors, Siegfried S. Hecker, at the time senior fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and former director, was invited to visit the Yongbyon Nuclear Center. This visit by Hecker and follow-on visits during each of the next six consecutive years contributed substantially to our knowledge of North Korean nuclear activities. In this report, we utilize information obtained during the Stanford delegation visits, along with other open-source information, to provide a holistic assessment of North Korean nuclear developments from the demise of the Agreed Framework through November 2015.
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Kenji E. Kushida, Yuko Kasuya, Eiji Kawabata
2016

The history of human civilization has been about managing information, from hunting and gathering through contemporary times. In modern societies, information flows are central to how individuals and societies interact with governments, economies, and other countries. Despite this centrality of information, information governance—how information flows are managed—has not been a central concern of scholarship. We argue that it should be, especially now that digitization has dramatically altered the amount of information generated, how it can be transmitted, and how it can be used.

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Yeon Cheon Oh, Gi-Wook Shin, Rennie J. Moon
Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, distributed by Brookings Institution Press, 2016

Student mobility in Asia has reached unprecedented levels. Inbound and outbound student mobility creates opportunities for Asian societies but also challenges, such as growing diversity and brain drain. This book examines these and other related, timely issues for the case of South Korea, a major player in the internationalization of higher education in Asia, and draws on the comparative experiences of other key players in the Asia-Pacific region—Japan, China, Singapore, and the United States.

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Meichen Lu, Manlin Cui, Yaojiang Shi, Fang Chang, Di Mo, Scott Rozelle, Natalie Johnson
Asia Pacific Education Review, 2016

One of the Millennium Development Goals is to ensure universal access to primary education by 2015. However, primary school dropout remains a challenge in many developing countries. While official statistics in China report aggregated primary school dropout of only 0.2 %, almost no independent, survey-based studies have sought to verify these dropout rates in rural areas. The primary objective of our study is to document the dropout rate in primary schools in rural China and compare the dropout rate of ethnic minorities and Han students.

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Yu Bai, Michael Neubauer, Tong Ru, Yaojiang Shi, Kaleigh Kenny, Scott Rozelle
Working Paper, 2016

The migration of hundreds of millions of workers from the Chinese countryside to the city has created a generation of Left Behind Children (or LBCs), who now number more than 60 million. Existing studies have not consistently estimated the impact of parental migration on the academic performance of LBCs.

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Yu Bai, Linxiu Zhang, Chengfang Liu, Yaojiang Shi, Di Mo, Scott Rozelle
Working Paper, 2016

China’s rapid development and urbanization has induced large numbers of rural residents to migrate from their homes in the countryside to urban areas in search of higher wages. As a consequence, it is estimated that more than 60 million children in rural China are left behind and live with relatives, typically their paternal grandparents. These children are called Left Behind Children (or LBCs). There are concerns about the potential negative effects of parental migration on the academic performance of the LBCs that could be due to the absence of parental care.

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Huan Wang, James Chu, Prashant Loyalka, Tao Xin, Yaojiang Shi, Qinghe Qu, Chu Yang
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2016

An alarming number of students drop out of junior high school in developing countries. In this study, we examine the impacts of providing a social-emotional learning (SEL) program on the dropout behavior and learning anxiety of students in the first two years of junior high. We do so by analyzing data from a randomized controlled trial involving 70 junior high schools and 7,495 students in rural China. After eight months, the SEL program reduces dropout by 1.6 percentage points and decreases learning anxiety by 2.3 percentage points.

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Hongyan Liu, Chengfang Liu, Fang Chang, Prashant Loyalka
China & World Economy, 2016

This study describes the current teacher training system in China, including the prevalence of teacher training, the types of training, training content and the ways that training is delivered. The paper presents subjective evaluations of training for principals and teachers using four diverse datasets. The results show that the National Teacher Training Project (NTTP) deviates from official policy objectives in several respects. The subjects of training programs and training content are not fully compliant with policy objectives.

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J. Vernon Henderson, Yong Suk Lee
Economic Development and Cultural Change, 2016

This article examines how different organizational structures in disaster aid delivery affect house aid quality. We analyze three waves of survey data on fishermen and fishing villages in Aceh, Indonesia, following the 2004 tsunami. We categorize four organizational structures based on whether and to whom donors contract aid implementation.

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Matthew Kohrman
Anthropological Quarterly, 2016

In this article, I consider what a casual observer can see of a notorious product’s primary place of fabrication. Few products have been criticized in recent years more than cigarettes. Meanwhile, around the world, the factories manufacturing cigarettes rarely come under scrutiny. What have been the optics helping these key links in the cigarette supply chain to be overlooked? What has prompted such optics to be adopted and to what effect? I address these questions using a comparative approach and drawing upon new mapping techniques, fieldwork, and social theory.

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Thomas Fingar
Stanford University Press, 2016
China's rise has elicited envy, admiration, and fear among its neighbors. Although much has been written about this, previous coverage portrays events as determined almost entirely by Beijing.
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