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Kiichiro Yagi

Kiichiro Yagi

Research Category

History of economic thought, social economics

Area of Interest

Unintended social consequences and institutional formation, civil society and governance theory, modern Japanese economic thought, European unification and East Asian regionalism

Recent Thoughts

I first learned what the concept of an “institution” signifies in a cultural anthropology course I took as a student, because it seemed to me that such a psychological device as the incest taboo was what separated the human society from the zoological world. Later I was exposed to the structural anthropology of Levi-Strauss, and I learned about the view that while such taboos are reflections of systems for the exchange of women (or men), they function simultaneously as the rules that gave shape to those exchange systems. Rules that govern relationships at the micro level are not explained in those terms alone; they are explained in terms of the systems that allow them to perform those regulating functions. However, it is also possible for such taboos to be violated and systems to be realigned. In his mythological studies Levi-Strauss analyzed the transformation of structure in the symbolic world. There, too, was a difference between what the actor thought and the effect of his/her action. I wonder how such a difference in the process of systemic transformation should be dealt with in the institutional economics.



Recent/Ongoing Works

  • Melting Boundaries: Institutional Transformation in the Wider Europe, co-edited with S. Mizobata, Kyoto University Press, March 2008.

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