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Valuable Materials to Trace the Professor's Line of Thought

Article in Yomiuri News Paper
Article in YOMIURI Newspaper
(February 26, 2007)

McKenzie Library - the Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University boasts this library in the basement under the name of an American mathematical economist, known as "the father of the mathematical economists in Japan."

More than 50 Japanese economists had studied under Lionel McKenzie (88), a professor who had taught at Rochester University, USA, approximately for 30 years until his retirement. One of his former students, Kazuo Nishimura, the director of the Institute of Economic Research says, "He was a warmhearted person, and a strict teacher to get the students to think deeply," looking back on the past at Rochester.

One day in summer 2003, Nishimura received an e-mail from his respected teacher: "I'd like to donate all my books to those who will put them to a good use in the field of economics." Receiving these words, the Institute renovated one of its offices in February 2004 to set up a new library, which now contains 2,200 books and documents taken over from the American Professor. They include some drafts called "working papers," by well-known economists to elicit the comments from Professor McKenzie before publication. You can come across his penciled notes everywhere in these drafts. They are literally valuable materials to trace the professor's line of thought.

"This is an exciting room for all the economists. I hope any one of them will achieve magnificent results from this library in the near future," says Professor Nishimura with anticipation.

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McKenzie Library possesses the drafts of papers by Prof. McKenzie himself, too. You can explore his brain there.

The Institute of Economic Research
was established in 1962 and has been leading the field of economic theory in Japan. It consists of three major research divisions, Economic Analysis of Information; Institutional Economics; and Public Policy, and of three research centers, for Financial Engineering; for Economics of Complex Systems; and for Advanced Policy Studies. Nearly 40 researchers and workers are employed at present.

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