Asia-Pacific Economic and Business History Conference

Seoul National University, 14-16 February 2013


DRAFT SESSION PROGRAM (at 11 February 2013)


*All sessions on Thursday and Friday are in the Convention Centre of Hoam Faculty House*

Please find maps, venues and program here.  

Thursday, 14 February 2013















Magnolia room Session 1: Crises and recovery in Asia  


Yu-Ping Lee (Academia Sinica, Taiwan): ‘The world agricultural crisis and shipping in the Asia-Pacific region: Observations centered on British-Japanese maritime competition in the early 1930s’.

Vicente Angel S. Ybiernas  (De La Salle University, The Philippines):  ‘The politics and economics of recovery in colonial Philippines in the aftermath of World War I, 1918-1923’.

Tai-kuang Ho and Cheng-ching Lai (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan):  ‘Silver lifeboat? The rise and fall of Chinese price level under fluctuating world silver price, 1928-34′.

Water Lily room Session 2: Anthropometrics and history


Myung Soo and Young-Jun Cho (Seoul National University): ‘Trend in the Korean stature, 1547-1882’.

Stephen Morgan (University of Nottingham, UK): ‘Economic and political impact on nutritional status in early Qing China 1670-1760’.

Chulhee Lee (Seoul National University):  ‘Intergenerational effects of in-utero exposure to the 1980 Kwangju Uprising in South Korea’.

Camellia room Session 3: Quantitative approaches 


Les Oxley (University of Waikato): ‘Testing the predictive power of genuine savings as a long-run indicator of future well-being’.

Matthew C. Chang (Hsuan Chuang University, Taiwan): ‘Weather effects, order submissions and order imbalances: New evidence from Taiwan during 2000- 2007’.

Mafiz Rahman (University of Southern Queensland): ‘Financial development, international trade and economic growth in Australia: New evidence from multivariate framework analysis’.

 15:30-17:30  Magnolia room (note: this session runs 15:30 – 17:30) Session 4: Education 


Alex Major (University of Sherbrooke, Canada):  ‘Education in the Paris of the East: The French mission to modify and modernise the identity of Shanghai’s Chinese elite’.

Sok Chul Hong (Sogang University, South Korea) and Hoyt Bleakley (University of Chicago, USA):  ‘Postbellum Decline of White School Enrollment in Southern US’.

Kitae Sohn (Kookmin University, South Korea) and Sun Go (Chung-Ang University, South Korea): ‘The school attendance of black children by paternal occupation, 1870–1930′

Sun Go and Kijoo Park (Chung-Ang University, South Korea): ‘The elite-biased growth of elementary schooling in colonial Korea.’

Water Lily room (note: this session runs 15:30 – 17:30) Session 5: Institutions and human resources in industrialisation  


Sang Yun Ryu (LG Economic Research Institute, South Korea): ‘Coordination between colonial government and big business in 1920s and 1930s: A case of silk industry’.

Jae Won Sun  (Pyeongtaek University, South Korea): ‘Training policy and building human resource in the second half of 1940s and 1950s.’

Sang Cheol Lee (Sungkonghoe University, South Korea): ‘Economic bureaucrats in 1950s and early 1960s’

Junko Watanabe (Kyoto University, Japan): ‘Coordination between government and business in prewar and postwar Japan: A case of textile industry’.

Camellia room 1(note: this session runs 15:30 – 17:30) Session 6: Business History (I) 


Leslie Hannah (London School of Economics, UK, and University of Tokyo, Japan): ‘Corporations before 1914: Asia-Pacific in western mirrors.’

Dong-Woon Kim (Dong-Eui University, South Korea): ‘J. & P. Coats in Asia before 1945’.

Hua Qian (City University of Hong Kong): ‘Business and politics: The China Association, 1914-1931.’

Pierre van der Eng (Australian National University): ‘Limits of FDI legitimacy, national embeddedness and political influence: Philips in Australia, 1945-1980’.

Friday, 15 February 2013




















Magnolia room Session 7: Modern crises 


C. Edoardo Altamura (University of Geneva, Switzerland): ‘The business of debt: A political and economic history of the recycling of petrodollars in the 1970s’.

Hideto Matsubara (Hitotsubashi University, Japan): ‘Crisis of industry and leadership in high-performing organizations: The case of the Japanese orange industry, 1968-1989’.

Raul Fabella (University of The Philippines) and Vigile Marie B. Fabella (Konstanz University, Germany): ‘Will inflation in the post-crisis era impede poverty reduction in developing countries? Lessons from the recent history’.

Water Lily room Session 8: Historical aspects of labour markets and employment 


Kentaro Saito ( Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan): ‘Migration and labour market integration, British engineers 1865-1914’.

Woong Lee (Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, South Korea): ‘Structural change in the job matching process before the Great Contraction in the United States, 1924-1932’.

Phacharaphorn Phanomvan Na Ayudhya (Chulachomklao Military Academy, Thailand): ‘19th century early Rattanakosin construction and gold price index based on Chodmaihet Wat Phra Cetupol (Cetupol Temple Accounts)’.

Camellia room Session 9: Welfare and living standards (II) 


Myung Soo Cha (Yeungnam University, South Korea): ‘State famine relief as a cause of the Great Divergence’.

Jessica Vechbanyongratana (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand): ‘Ordinary landholder living standards in early-twentieth century Siam’.

Rajabrata Banerjee and Martin Shanahan (University of South Australia, Australia): ‘Why did living standards slow in Australia between 1890-1940? Agriculture’s role in affecting long term total factor productivity’.

 11:00–12:30  Magnolia room Session 10: Business history (II) 


Janette Rutterford (Open University, UK) and Leslie Hannah  (London School of Economics, UK): ‘The twentieth century “democratic” ownership revolution: Anglo-American trajectories’.

Yitaek Park (Korea University, South Korea): ‘Corporate accounting control and corporate governance structure in wartime Japan’.

Raul Fabella (University of The Philippines): ‘Wipeout: Sangley mercantile dominance and persistence in the Spanish colonial period in The Philippines’.

Water Lily room Session 11: Responses to crises  


Mi Park (University of British Columbia, Canada): ‘From the Indonesian uprising of 1998 to the Spanish indignado of 2011: A comparative analysis of anti-austerity movements in Asia and Europe’.

Oh Min Kyoung and K. Thirumaran (James Cook University, Singapore):  ‘Socio-economic origins of Kangwonland in South Korea and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.’

Hua Jin (Hitotsubashi University, Japan):  ‘Crisis in industrial creation and recovery by actors outside of the markets: The case of entrepreneurial universities in China, 1980s-2000s’.

Camellia room Session 12: Inequality: policy, crisis and trends 


Hun-Chang Lee (Korea University, South Korea): ‘Welfare policy of Chosŏn dynasty (1392-1910) in the Malthusian age’.

Shunsuke Nakaoka (Kokushikan University, Japan): ‘Wealthy elite in modern Japan the period of the series of economic crisis from the perspective of changes in their income structure: The case of the Kanto region in 1930s’.

Nak Nyeon Kim and Jongil Kim (Dongguk University, South Korea): ‘Income inequality in Korea, 1933-2010: Evidence from income tax statistics’.

 13:30–15:00   Magnolia room Session 13: Institutions and economic change 


Sumner Lacroix (Univ of Hawaii-Manoa, USA): ‘Property rights in land, and the extent of settlement in Dutch South Africa, 1652-1770.’

Se Yan (Peking University, China): ‘The long-term effects of Christian activities in China.’

Dongwoo Yoo (West Virginia University, USA): ‘Decolonization policies and institutions in Africa: A comparative historical approach.’

Water Lily room Session 14: Productivity and markets 


Tetsuji Okazaki (University of Tokyo, Japan): ‘Productivity change and mine dynamics: The coal industry in Japan during World War II’.

Tom French (Ritsumeikan Univ, Japan): ‘From the Allied landings to the landcruiser: Jeeps and the postwar revival of the Japanese automotive industry’.

Jock Given (Swinburne University, Australia): ‘Indian PacificL An analysis of the COMPAC, SEACOM and IOCOM submarine telephone cables’.

Camellia room Session 15: Causes and consequences of inequality 


Kent Deng (London School of Economics, UK): ‘How the market saved the ruling party in mainland China after the Maoist economic crisis, 1978-2008’.

Kaviyarasu Elangkovan (Putra Malaysia University, Malaysia): ‘People’s perspective: Minimum wage laws in Malaysia’.




Magnolia room Keynote Noel Butlin Lecture

Introduction and moderator: Martin Shanahan, President of the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand

Keynote Noel Butlin Lecture by Professor Young Hoon Rhee (Seoul National University, South Korea).

17:15–18:00 Water Lily room Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand general meeting
Camellia room Korean Economic History Society general meeting


*All sessions on Saturday are in the Doosan Hall in the vicinity of Hoam Faculty House*

Saturday, 16 February 2013








Lecture Room, no. 301 Session 16: Comparative perspectives on economic development 


Christopher Westley (Jacksonville State University, USA): ‘Luck, human agency, and micro institutions in colonial Brazil’

Neil Barnwell (University of Technology Sydney, Australia): ‘The influence of small size remoteness upon business development.’

Erhan Atay and Gokhan Karsan (Suleyman Sah University, Turkey): ‘A comparative analysis of Turkish and Korean political economy: Economic crisis perspective’.

Lecture Room, no. 303 Session 17: Banking, finance and natural resources 


Miriam Kaminishi (National University of Singapore): ‘The Japanese financial institutions in Manchuria: from economic expansion to chronic recession during the 1920s’.

Ji-Yong Lee (Brittany Business School, France): ‘Crisis and financial institutions in transition’.

Dashjamts Bayarmaa (Kyushu University, Japan): ‘Natural resources, institutions and economic growth: The curse that turned to be a lifesaving buoy in transition economies’.

 11:00–12:30   Lecture Room, no. 301 Session 18: Productivity 


Raj Banerjee and John Wilson (University of South Australia, Australia): ‘Education and productivity in Victoria, 1860-1939’.

Nicolas Zammit (University of Warwick, UK): ‘Expectations reconsidered: A sectoral comparison of Canadian-Australian productivity, 1871-2008’.

Chaisung Lim (Seoul National University, South Korea): ‘The relative total factor productivity and profit rate estimates of East Asian railways in the first half of the 20th Century: Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and Manchuria’.

Lecture Room, no. 303 Session 19: Issues in economic development 


Jonathan Eli A. Libut (Univ of Santo Tomas, The Philippines): ‘The dynamics of labor migration in the continuing course for economic development of the Philippines’.

Rusmawati Said and Kar Yee Ng (Putra Malaysia University, Malaysia): ‘Labour standards and export performance in ASEAN-5’.

Duol Kim (Korea Development Institute, South Korea): ‘Foreign aid and Korean economic development: A global perspective’.

To be advised Session 20: To be created with late-registrations 


Details to follow

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