Lighthouse Provision in Premodern Japan

  title={Lighthouse Provision in Premodern Japan},
  author={Kuniyoshi Saito},
  journal={ERN: Other Macroeconomics: Production \& Investment (Topic)},
  • Kuniyoshi Saito
  • Published 25 April 2019
  • History
  • ERN: Other Macroeconomics: Production & Investment (Topic)
We investigate how lighthouses were provided in premodern Japan, with a specific focus on the role of the private sector. Using national survey data on lighthouses collected by the government in 1883, we find that lighthouses constructed by the private sector in the Edo period (1603−1868) accounted for nearly 70% of lighthouses existing at the time of the survey and that there was no significant difference in technical features between private and public lighthouses. However, we observe… 
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