Dr. Hideo Akabayashi
Department of Economics
Dear respected Hideo Akabayashi,
I am writing this letter to explain my purpose in applying for Department of Economics at Keio University. I would be more than grateful if you can kindly read it through.
Abstract – Don’t we often hear news about parents absolutely mistreating and miseducating their children these days? Examples such as parents not being able to take criticism from school or teach what it means to be a responsible member of the society. As a result, more and more of the younger generations seem to grow into social misfit. This appears to capture attention, as many fear that the lowering standards and manners of the generation X and onward could cast a cloud on the future of this country. Many experts indicate that these problems can be rooted back to spoiled parents that grew up during 90’s bubble as well as limitation in higher education due to income gaps? But has there been enough studies in Japan that in-depth investigated if this can be broken down to parental socioeconomic status?
Discussion – What if dysfunctional youth has a connection to their parental socioeconomic status and is just reproduction of existing status quo?
Methodology – Compare Japan to countries with different education system that solves educational inequality and promotes educational mobility. Investigate at which rate different socioeconomic groups are generating healthy/unhealthy youth under different education dynamics (ex. Sweden vs Japan vs Pakistan).
Findings – In countries with accessible education, there seems to be less reproduction of status quo, and thanks to educational/social mobility they are more successful in securing domestic labor force.
Conclusion – Japan should deploy changes in education system that promote educational mobility in order to tackle labor shortage which may already be happening.
This thesis has a room for further review, and I see being part of Dr. Hideo’s seminar as a necessary step for me to complete my research. I would love to take part in a study group active in collecting datapoints including Japan Household Panel Study and DICE, to help facilitate studies within this field. Thank you so much for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.
*Hideo Akabayashi, Ryosuke Nakamura, Michio Naoi, and Chizuru Shikishima, 2016, “Toward an International Comparison of Economic and Educational Mobility: Recent Findings from the Japan Child Panel Survey.” Educational Studies in Japan: International Yearbook. 10: 49-66.*Education and social mobility in Europe: levelling the playing field for Europe’s children and fuelling its economy (No. 80).