Hirofumi Uzawa

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Hirofumi Uzawa
Born (1928-07-21) July 21, 1928 (age 86)
Tottori Prefecture
Nationality Japan
Institution Stanford University
University of California at Berkeley
University of Chicago
University of Tokyo
Chuo University
Doshisha University
Field Mathematical economics
School/tradition Neoclassical economics
Alma mater Stanford University
University of Tokyo
Contributions Uzawa two-sector growth model
Uzawa condition

Hirofumi Uzawa (宇沢 弘文 Uzawa Hirofumi?, born July 21, 1928) is a Japanese economist, professor emeritus of University of Tokyo, and a member of the Japan Academy.

Uzawa was born in Yonago, Tottori. He majored in mathematics at University of Tokyo, and went on to its graduate school, obtaining a doctorate in Mathematics. He went to study Economics at Stanford University in 1956 with Fulbright fellowship, and became an assistant, then assistant professor, and then associate professor at Stanford. He afterwards was assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley and professor at the University of Chicago, and later assumed the position of professor of the Department of Economics at Tokyo University in 1969. He also taught at Niigata University, Chuo University, and United Nations University.

Uzawa is currently serving as senior fellow at the social, commonness, and capital research center of Doshisha University. He held the position of the chairman of the Econometric Society from 1976 to 1977. He became a member of the Japan Academy in 1989. He has been row in Japanese Culture Merit in 1983, and won the Order of Culture in 1997.

Uzawa initiated the field of mathematical economics in postwar days and formulated the growth theory of neoclassical economics. This is reflected in the Uzawa two-sector growth model and the Uzawa condition, among others.

Joseph Stiglitz did research under Uzawa at Chicago from 1965 to 1966.

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