When economics harmonized mathematics in Japan: A history of stability analysis

Aiko Ikeo*

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This article discusses how economics was mathematized by Japanese theoretical economists with the cooperation of Japanese mathematicians before 1950. Mathematicians played the leading part in assimilating European scientific ideas and providing an internationally oriented attitude in Japan from the mid nineteenth century. They began to publish many updated textbooks in Japanese from around 1930 on. In the 1940s, Japanese mathematical economists were intensively studying the so-called stability problem, thereby mathematizing economics more rapidly than ever before. Their research activity will give us an interesting example of a process of organizing economic knowledge by introducing more mathematics into the economics literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-599
Number of pages23
JournalThe European Journal of the History of Economic Thought
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1994 Sept 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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