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TAKII Katsuya

Research Topics

People, Organizations, and Macroeconomics

Research Introduction and Message

Research topic: The effects of people and organizations on macroeconomics

Message: We'll think about the meaning of "public."

   Why do some countries grow while others struggle with poverty? The same question arises at a variety of levels, with growing companies contrasting with declining ones and successful individuals contrasting with unsuccessful ones. As I conducted research on the national and corporate level out of an interest in hierarchical structures such as these, I became aware of the importance of the role of human resources development and organizations that leverage human resources effectively. In particular, in the course of thinking about Japan's economic slowdown in recent years, I have begun to take a new look at the characteristics of personnel assignment and human resources development in Japan today, and at their causes and economic effects, from a variety of perspectives. If you're interested, have a look at http://www2.osipp.osaka-u.ac.jp/~takii/research.html.

   Based on the research I have been conducting, if I could offer a message to OSIPP students, it would be to develop the habit of thinking about the concept of "public" without using the word "public." In its original meaning, this concept relates to the impossibility of achieving certain things through the effort of individuals alone because those goals cannot be achieved through the pursuit of self-interest alone. And since that definition means that action taken in the service of public objectives involves the interests of large numbers of people, nobody can afford to be disinterested in the associated processes. Despite this fact, there are not objective standards concerning what constitutes the public interest, making it impossible to avoid subjective judgments when making decisions. If you use the word "public" without thinking deeply about these things, you're likely to discover that you've been using the word to obfuscate an effort to achieve other objectives. What kind of frameworks, for example in education, customs, and systems, are needed in order to take advantage of the good intentions of those who wish to pursue goals that are worthy of the word "public" based on an understanding of this weakness of people? This is an extremely difficult question, and I don't have a clear answer yet. However, I do think that it is important for everyone who is interested in public policy to cultivate the practice that I have described above in order to protect their own lives from those who would skillfully exploit this weakness to further their own agendas.

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