Handbook on the History of Economic Analysis Volume I
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Handbook on the History of Economic Analysis Volume I

Great Economists Since Petty and Boisguilbert

Edited by Gilbert Faccarello and Heinz D. Kurz

Volume I contains original biographical profiles of many of the most important and influential economists from the seventeenth century to the present day. These inform the reader about their lives, works and impact on the further development of the discipline. The emphasis is on their lasting contributions to our understanding of the complex system known as the economy. The entries also shed light on the means and ways in which the functioning of this system can be improved and its dysfunction reduced. Each Handbook can be read individually and acts as a self-contained volume in its own right. It can be purchased separately or as part of a three-volume set.
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Chapter 116: Michio Morishima (1923–2004)

Toichiro Asada


Michio Morishima (1923–2004) is an internationally renowned Japanese mathematical economist, although his base was the London School of Economics (LSE) in England rather than Japan for a long time. He was born in 1923 in Japan, and entered Kyoto Imperial University (currently Kyoto University) as a student in the midst of World War II (1942). In Kyoto, he studied sociology under the guidance of the distinguished sociologist Yasuma Takata and studied Western mainstream economic theory (in particular, Hicks’s 1939 Value and Capital) under the guidance of Hideo Aoyama. After World War II, he taught economic theory at Kyoto University and Osaka University in Japan. In 1969, he shifted his base from Japan to England, and taught economic theory at the University of Essex. He was a professor of economic theory at the LSE from 1970 to 1988. He contributed to the establishment of the Suntry and Toyota International Centre for Economic and Related Disciplines (STICERD) at the LSE and became the first chairman of STICERD. After retiring from the LSE, he taught economics at the University of Siena, Italy. He became the first Japanese economist to undertake the role of the president of the Econometric Society in 1965 when he was a professor at Osaka University. (Later two Japanese economists, Hirofumi Uzawa and Takashi Negishi, followed him to become the president of the Econometric Society.) He has published numerous creative papers on mathematical economic theory both in Japanese and in English since the 1950s. In particular, he contributed in...

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