Bulletin Board -- Commander to Members of Otsubo's Seminar

Date of Entry

April 15, 1998

We will use Seminar Room #7 on the 5th floor starting next week. This room should accomodate 20+ participants.

Read "Globalization..." by Shigeru Otsubo. Also visit the designated internet site on Globalization before you come to the Seminar on the 22nd of April. Miss Megumi Yanagitsubo will take the lead in our discussion on this issue.

For those who start a guided study on economic principles, explore the Stigweb.

April 27, 1998

There will be no seminar on the 29th of April due to national holiday. Next seminar will be held on the 6th of May.

For those who joined the Economics Study Group, come to the seminar room at 12:30. Bring your lunch with you. Debby and Chris will discuss Chapters 1 and 2 of Principles of Micro-Economics, respectively.

M2 and D students should join the seminar at 1:30 pm.

On the issue-based discussion (1:30-2:30), Rizal will address the issue of "Globalization and Equity." Obtain a copy of the paper by J. Williamson from Megumi (you make your own copy, though) and read it before the seminar.

On the research presentation (2:30-3:30), Heddy will present her paper, "The Doi Moi and Its Impact on Structural Change in the Vietnamese Economy."

Visit "Seminar Coordinator to Seminar Members" on the bulletin board for future plans.

May 7, 1998 The World Bank Recruitment Mission will visit GSID on the 25th of May (Monday). We will have a WB presentation from 10:30 am at our 8th floor Auditorium. Prof. Otsubo will host the meeting. Come join us!
May 12, 1998

I will make two presentations on "Globalization and Developing Countries" at our 8th floor auditorium (10:30-12:00, May 13 and May 20, in CADM lectures). Those who did not attend this presentation last year should join.

For the seminar on May 13, M1 students and Economics Study Group should gather at 1:00 pm. Chris and T.Sai will lead the discussions on Chapters 2 and 3, respectively, of the Principles of Micro-Economics.

M2 and Doctor students should join at 2:00 pm. Muko will present his research results on "Theories for Agricultural Development."

The presentation on "Globalization and Income Convergence" (the Sachs/Warner paper) will be postponed to the next week.

May 26, 1998

I will be out of country between June 6 and June 17. Economics Study Group should continue to meed during my absence. Ms. Megumi Yanagitsubo will lead the discussions. There will be one issue-based discussion presented by Mr. Nishiyama during this period.

A professional photographer will visit our seminar on June 3 to take our Seminar Photo. Picture taking will start at 1:00pm. Be there on time! We shall discuss our dress code for this picutre taking in due course.

A World Bank Mission will visit us from Washington, D.C. either on the 16th or the 19th of June to present the newest issues of Global Development Finance and World Development Indicators. All the members of Otsubo's Seminar should attend this presentation.

June 1, 1998 The World Bank Mission originally planned for either the 16th or the 19th is now cancelled as I will not be able to host the meeting. The Bank informed me that they would not visit Nagoya University unless I host the meeting. My apology for the cancellation. I will be in Washington, D.C. when they visit Japan!
June 23, 1998 The second of the 1998 Tokuron Series lectures led by Ms. Kayoko Shibata Medlin, a World Bank knowledge management specialist will begin on the 8th of July. Visit "Exploration of Special Lecture Series" corner of this homepage for details. A presentation on the Bank's new 1998 World Development Indicator will also be given. GSID will be incorporated into the World Bank's worldwide Knowledge Network. GSID gender not-much-of-specialist Prof. Otsubo will host the meetings.
June 24, 1998

Prof. Richard Estes, U. of Penn., will give three lectures on Social Development Indicators. Prof. Takahashi of GSID (EM-address j45590a@nucc.cc.nagoya-u.ac.jp; Extension 4982) will host the sessions. Students are encouraged to attend these presentaion/discussions to be held at the 8th floor auditorium.

Lecture 1: (July 27, 1-3 p.m.) "The World Social Situation: Implications for Japan and Other Rich Countires"

Lecture 2: (July 28, 1-3 p.m.) "Threats to Future World Development: Tha Challenges before Us"

Lecture 3: (July 29, 1-3 p.m.) "An Agenda for Action: Creating a More Positive Future"

July 15, 1998

World Bank Databases can now be accessible through GSID intranet on trial basis. Visit GSID network at G2pbox/IntraData for various databases. Setup can be done by running the file setup.exe provided in each subdirectory from your computer. This is strictly for internal use. If demand turns out high, we will obtain a network license and install tighter security measures down the road. Let me have your response on this. (See an update posted on Sept. 9.)

Mails to Commander

August 3, 1998 If you need to consult with me during this summer recess, send E-Mail to sotsubo@aol.com. I will set up a date when I can see several students in turn.
Sept. 1, 1998

If members should wish to have Macro Study Meetings and/or Research Presentations during the month of September, contact Muko or Megumi in order to organize meetings.

If you need to consult with me, send an EM to sotsubo@aol.com to set up an appointment.

Sept. 9, 1998 In order to preserve system integrity, World Bank Data and retrieval softwares are installed in only 5 computers situated close to the entrance of our new 7th floor computer facility. You should use these computers with appropriate desktop icons as gateways to these data sets. Happy data mining!!
Sept. 16, 1998

The next Tokuron session on 'Social Dimensions of Structural Adjustments--World Bank Experience' by Prof. Yoshiaki Abe of Waseda University (ex-WB Director) will be held during the month of October-December. Dates for lectures are posted in the "Tokuron" corner of this home page. Further details will be provided shortly.

This one is going to be fun! Come join us!!

October 13, 1998

As a result of our seminar organizational meeting held today, we will separate ESG meetings from our Wednesday seminars in this semester. We will host brown-bag lunch-time meetings to deal with basic theories of International Trade and Finance. Macroeconomics will also be covered as it becomes relevant and necessary.

Textbook: Richard E. Caves, Jeffrey A. Frankel, and Ronald W. Jones, World Trade and Payments: An Introduction, 7th ed., HarperCollins, 1996. (WTP, henceforce)

Textbook: Joseph E. Stiglitz, Principles of Macroeconomics, 2nd ed., W.W. Norton, 1997.

For those who completed Microeconomics section of ESG, Prof. Otsubo recommends the following book for your leasurely but intellectual reading. The book presents largely microeconomic analyses of real issues in daily life. A good bridge between theory and reality of economics.

Gary Becker and Guity Becker, The Economics of Life

October 21, 1998 Seminar on the 28th will be held at Seminar Room #6 (right next to our usual seminar room #7). DID will use Seminar Room #7 for D2 presentations.
October 22, 1998 I would like to ask that all the members of Otsubo's Seminar should attend the upcoming Tokuron Sessions hosted by Prof. Abe and myself. This is a rare chance that you can expose yourself to accumulated wisdom on the reality of development works. First class will be held during 10:30-noon, Friday, October 30 at No.3 Lecture Hall.
November 6, 1998

D3 & D2 presentations are done. Academic advisors are selected. Your Seminar Commander is almost dead in the sea of unprocessed works.

All works but no fun will make every seminar member dull. So we plan to have a Seminar Get Together (over a drink or two or three or ...) in the evening of November 20 (Friday). We will also invite Prof. Abe to join us.

Both core and guest members are welcome. Pls. get in touch with Megumi, our seminar coordinator, and inform your availability.

December 25, 1998

The first seminar meeting of 1999 will be held on the 13th (Wed.).

Master's thesis will be due on the 14th (Thr.). For those who desparately need my assistance during this holiday season, send EMs to my personal EM account in order to set up appointments.

January 14, 1999

As discussed during our last organizational meeting both M1 and Research Students entering M1 next April are now requested to profide the followings.

M1 Students: Research Proposal (not more than 5 pages) & Annotated Literature List (with more than 20 entries)

Research Students: Research Proposal (not more than 5 pages) & Annotated Literature List (any number of entires)

Turn in your proposal and literature list by the end of the first week of April. Consult with me whenever you need directions in compiling the literature list.

January 14, 1999 Could somebody plan another Seminar Get Together for the month of February? What about a couple of games of bowling and/or Karaoke (singing & drinking)?
January 14, 1999 I will be out of country, first on JICA mission to Bangladesh during March 5-16, and then on trip to Washington, D.C. for a week during March 17-April 4.