About

Prof. Sébastien Lechevalier


Professor, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS)
President, Fondation France-Japon de l’EHESS (FFJ)
Ph.D., Economics, EHESS, 2003


Image 2Sébastien Lechevalier is an Economist, Professor at EHESS (School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Paris), he specialised in Asian Capitalisms. Founder and President of the Fondation France-Japon de l’EHESS (FFJ), he currently coordinates the INCAS Project (Understanding Institutional Change in Asia: A Comparative Perspective with Europe) under the EU Horizon 2020 programme.

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 Articles

“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.

“Financialization and industrial policies in Japan and Korea: Evolving complementarities and loss of institutional capabilities” (with P. Debanes & 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), 2017, Volume 39.

“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.

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