Professor Kentaro Saito

Area and Subject Taught European economic history
Research Theme(s) Labour history of Britain, Comparative studies in labour history
Academic Degrees Ph.D. (University of Cambridge)
Keywords for Research Field Labour market, skill, employment relations
Office Phone Number 81-75-705-1706

Research Overview

I am working on historical studies in labour and employment issues. I mainly deal with skilled workers of Britain and Japan from the period of industrialization to today, analyzing dimensions of institutions and labour markets. As for institutional aspects, I am researching pay determination and skill formation by trade unions and employers organizations, and influences of skilled workers on shop-floor. As for aspects of labour markets, I am exploring of labour market integration, being based on statistical analysis of wage fluctuations and migrations. As case studies, I mainly working on skilled workers in the engineering and textile industries of the UK and on carpenters in building industries of Japan. Regarding labour issues of present days, I am interested in current problems of social exclusions in Britain and Japan, and extending my research interests to governmental policy of technical education and wage differentials among young and juvenile workers.

Notable Publications and Works

  1. Industrial Contraction and Union Structure: The Nottingham lace industry and the union merger in 1933, East Asian Journal of British History, Vol. 3 (2013)
  2. Deskilling or Reskilling? : Toolmakers and the Engineering Industry in Interwar Britain, Korean Journal of British Studies, Vol.28 (2012)
  3. ‘Employers’ Organizations and Wage Question of Skilled Workers: Power structure in the EEF and skill shortages in the British engineering industry, 1933-34’, Keio Economic Studies Vol.39, no1 (2002).