Odd Markets in Japanese History
Law and Economic Growth
By (author) J. Mark Ramseyer
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Odd Markets in Japanese History by J. Mark Ramseyer
Book DescriptionEmploying a rational-choice approach, Professor Ramseyer studies the impact of Japanese law on economic growth in Japan. Toward that end, the author investigates the way law governed various markets and the way that people negotiated contracts within those markets. For much of the period at stake, the Japanese government was an oligarchy rather than a democracy; the judges operated a civil rather than common law regime; the economy grew modestly but erratically; and social customs changed rapidly and radically. As a result, this study applies an economic logic, but to markets in a vastly different world, in a different historical period, and with a different political regime and legal system. Findings reveal that the legal system generally promoted mutually advantageous deals, and that people generally negotiated in ways that shrewdly promoted their private best interests. Whether in the markets for indentured servants, prostitutes, or marriage partners, Odd Markets in Japanese History reports little evidence of either age- or gender- related exploitation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521048255
(228mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Covering the basic areas of Japanese law - property, contracts, torts, corporate, civil procedure, criminal law, administrative procedure, and tax - this text uses economic theory and empirical data to sketch the implications the law poses for human behaviour.
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