Prof. Sébastien Lechevalier

Professor, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS)

President, Fondation France-Japon de l’EHESS (FFJ)

International Senior Fellow, The Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS)

Ph.D., Economics, EHESS, 2003

Image 2Sébastien Lechevalier is an Economist, Professor at EHESS (School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Paris), he is specialised in Asian Capitalisms. He is also the founder and the president of the Fondation France-Japon de l’EHESS (FFJ). He recently joined the Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) as an International Senior Fellow.

His book, The Great Transformation of Japanese Capitalism (Routledge, 2014) was published in three languages. It posits an alternative analysis of the Japanese economic trajectory since the early 1980s, and argues that whereas policies inspired by neo-liberalism have been presented as a solution to the Japanese crisis, these policies have in fact been one of the causes of the problems that Japan has faced over the past thirty years.

Based on the experience gained in studying the Japanese economy case, he wishes to extend his research to other forms of capitalism in Asia in a comparative perspective with Europe

Selected Publications

“Wage hike is not at odds with innovation” Le Monde, 16/09/2022 (FR/ENG)

  • My other articles for Le Monde (FR/ENG)

“The Challenge of the ‘New Capitalism’. The renewal of social cohesion in the service of reform”, Nihon Keizai Shinbun28/04/2022

“Why do Redistributive Policies Differ across Countries? Analyzing the Multiple Dimensions of Preferences for Redistribution”, The review of income and wealth, 17/09/2021

2019_Book_InnovationBeyondTechnologySébastien Lechevalier (Ed.)
Innovation Beyond Technology. Science for Society and Interdisciplinary Approaches
Springer, 2019

Further information

“Financialization and industrial policies in Japan and Korea:  Evolving complementarities and loss of state capabilities” (with P. Debanes and W. Shin) in Structural Change and Economic Dynamics (Special Issue “Frontiers of industrial policy: structures, institutions, and policies”, co-edited by A. Andreoni, H.-J. Chang & R. Scazzieri), 2019, Volume 48: 69-85.

“Firm-Level Labor Demand for and Macroeconomic Increases in Non-Regular Workers in Japan” (with H. Teruyama & Y. Goto), Japan & The World Economy, Volume 48, December 2018.

“Abenomics: has it worked? Will it ultimately fail?” (with B. Monfort), Japan Forum, Volume 29, Issue 4, 2017.

“Diversity in patterns of industry evolution: How an intrapreneurial regime contributed to the emergence of the service robot industry” (with C. Storz & J. Nishimura) in Research Policy (Special section “The Path­dependent Dynamics of Emergence and Evolution of New Industries”, co-edited with J. Krafft, F. Quatraro & C. Storz), 2014, Volume 43, Issue 10: 1716–1729.

More publications



Economics and Finance Research: IDEAS/RePEc

Social Science Research Network: SSRN

Academia Research Papers – Academia.edu


HAL – Open archive

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