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Environment

FSI scholars approach their research on the environment from regulatory, economic and societal angles. The Center on Food Security and the Environment weighs the connection between climate change and agriculture; the impact of biofuel expansion on land and food supply; how to increase crop yields without expanding agricultural lands; and the trends in aquaculture. FSE’s research spans the globe – from the potential of smallholder irrigation to reduce hunger and improve development in sub-Saharan Africa to the devastation of drought on Iowa farms. David Lobell, a senior fellow at FSI and a recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant, has looked at the impacts of increasing wheat and corn crops in Africa, South Asia, Mexico and the United States; and has studied the effects of extreme heat on the world’s staple crops.

Recent Scholarly Publications

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Implementing Structural Reforms in Abenomics: How to Reduce the Cost of Doing Business in Japan

August 2015

Improving the environment for business is an important part of the growth strategy of Abenomics.

Comparative Institutional Analysis: Theory, Corporations and East Asia. Selected Papers of Masahiko Aoki

January 2014

This volume collects 22 articles by Masahiko Aoki, selected from writings published over the course of his 45-year academic career.

Implementation of Basel III: Economic Impacts and Policy Challenges in the United States, Japan, and the European Union

December 2013

This paper discusses economic impacts and policy challenges related to implementing Basel III, the new international standard of banking regulation, in the United States, Japan, and the European...

Knowledge Perspectives of New Product Development: A Comparative Approach

December 2012

New product and service development is the lifeblood of any enterprise.

Adapt, Fragment, Transform: Corporate Restructuring and System Reform in South Korea

July 2012

South Korea remains a puzzle for political economists.

Global Implications of China's Challenges – Part I

January 2012

For the past two decades China has been a poster child of successful globalization, integrating with the world and in the process lifting millions of citizens out of poverty.

Going Private in China: The Politics of Corporate Restructuring and System Reform

December 2011

As the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) set about reforming its centrally planned economy, it faced the thorny policy question of how to reform its state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

Rethinking Property Rights as a Relational Concept: Access to Financial Resources Among Small and Mid-Sized Firms

October 2011

The prevailing image in the economic and legal literature portrays property rights as “a bundle of rights” and emphasizes their exclusivity, autonomy, and stability.

Growing Pains: Tensions and Opportunity in China's Transformation

December 2010

China is transforming itself, and the world is adapting in response.

The Imbalance between Patient Needs and the Limited Competence of Top-Level Health Providers in Urban China: An Empirical Study

November 2010

Objective: To show the pattern of patient satisfaction with top-level delivery organizations (Level 2 and Level 3 hospitals), and using neo-institutionalism approach to explain the relatively low...

Corporations in Evolving Diversity: Cognition, Governance, and Institutions

July 2010

The 2008–2009 financial crisis demands we look anew at the role of corporations, and the working of financial markets around the world.

North Korea and Contending South Korean Identities: Analysis of the South Korean Media; Policy Implications for the United States

December 2009

After North Korea’s nuclear test on 9 October 2006, the fate of South Korea’s engagement policy with North Korea seemed to hang in the balance.

Development of Groundwater Markets in China: A Glimpse into Progress to Date

December 2008

The overall goal of the paper is to better understand the development of groundwater markets in northern China.

Genetically modified rice, yields, and pesticides: Assessing farm-level productivity effects in China

December 2008

Strategic Abandonment: Alliance Relations in Northeast Asia in the Post-Iraq Era

February 2008

This chapter is part of a yearly publication that compiles the edited and revised versions of papers presented at the Korea Economic Institute's (KEI) most recent Academic Symposium.

Journal of Korean Studies, volume 12

October 2007

Between 1979 and 1992, the Journal of Korean Studies became a leading academic forum for the publication of innovative in-depth research on Korea.

When Will the Chinese People Be Free?

July 2007

Little more than a decade ago, Rowen's answer to the question posed by this essay's title was the year 2015.

Information, Incentives and Institutions: Experimenting with Private-Public Partnerships to Link the Poor with Modern Supply Chains

March 2007

The goal is to identify external interventions capable of reducing constraints to integrate poor farmers into modern supply chains (MSCs) and do so by experimenting with different combinations of...

Project Timeline: Program for the Study of Biofuels, Poverty and Food Security

February 2007

A concept note about setting up an international program for studying the effects of the emergence of biofuels on global poverty and food security.  The recent global expansion of biofuels...

Management Reform and the Choice of Contractual Form in China

February 2007

This paper explains the puzzling fact that in organizing the management of surface water, village leaders have provided incentives to canal managers in some areas, but not in all.

Water User Associations and the Evolution and Determinants of Management Reform: A Representative Look at Northern China

February 2007

In this paper we are pursuing the following objectives: document the existing water management institutional forms throughout China, their evolution over time and across provinces; describe the...

Irrigation Water Pricing Policy in China

February 2007

As water becomes scarcer in northern China, designing policies that can induce water users to save water has become one of the most important tasks facing China's leader.

Water price policy analysis in China: an experimental approach

January 2007

Water scarcity is one of the key problems that affect northern China, an area that covers 40 percent of the nation's cultivated area and houses almost half of the population.

Why Did the Communist Party Reform in China, But Not in the Soviet Union? The Political Economy of Agricultural Transition

January 2007

The dramatic transition from Communism to market economies across Asia and Europe started in the Chinese countryside in the 1970s.

People

Phillip Lipscy Center Fellow Assistant Professor, Political Science
Takeo Hoshi Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Finance