America's Role in the Making of Japan's Economic Miracle

CJRC Lecture Series

A lecture by Professor Yusaka Horiuchi of Dartmouth College.

The postwar rise of Japan is one of the most dramatic cases of rapid economic development in modern history. While most studies attribute Japan’s growth to domestic institutions and policies, this study argues that it depended upon unique international circumstances; in particular, Japan’s close security relationship with the United States. Using a recently developed statistical tool – the synthetic control method – we show that the acceleration of Japan’s growth coincided with the consolidation of the U.S.-Japan alliance. We corroborate these results with historical evidence that reveals how the alliance put Japan in a privileged economic position.


Dr. Yusaku Horiuchi
 is Associate Professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College and holds the Mitsui Chair in the Study of Japan. He earned an M.A. in international and development economics from Yale University in 1995 and a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001. His research and teaching interests include comparative politics (electoral politics, political economy, public opinion, Japan) and political methodology (statistical methods, research design). He is the author of Institutions, Incentives and Electoral Participation in Japan: Cross-Level and Cross-National Perspectives (Routledge 2005). He also has articles published (or forthcoming) in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, World Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Party Politics, Journal of East Asian Studies, Political Psychology, International Political Science Review, among others.

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This event is co-sponsored by the USC Center for International Studies.