Humanities and Arts
International Honorary Member
Osamu Saito is unquestionably the premier economic and population historian of his generation in Japan. His work is sweeping in temporal range (1700-1940) and subject (covering proto-industrialization; occupational structure; family formation; female and child employment; environmental history; and much else). It is also resolutely comparative, a move deeply influenced by his work with the Cambridge Group. Saito has a prodigiously learned (and famously edgy) voice in most debates concerning, just of late, the developmental state and the Great Divergence. He has trained students on three continents, and made Hitotsubashi's Institute of Economic Research a vital, welcoming center of international inquiry.