Sumner La Croix
UHERO Research Fellow and Professor of Economics
Ph.D. in Economics, University of Washington, 1981.
M.A. in Economics, University of Washington, 1979.
Fulbright Scholar, St. Gallen School of Economics and Public Affairs, Switzerland, 1976-1977.
B.A., Double Major in Mathematics - Political and Social Thought, University of Virginia, 1976.
Economic History, Development Economics, Industrial Organization, Law and Economics.
Sumner La Croix is Professor in the Department of Economics Program at the University of Hawai′i-Manoa; and an affiliate faculty member with the UH-Manoa Center for Chinese Studies and the UH-Manoa Center for Japanese Studies. La Croix’s research focuses on the economic history, development, and current state of economies in the Asia-Pacific region, with an emphasis on issues pertaining to institutional change, property rights, intellectual property rights, and organization and regulation of industry. Current research projects include articles on patents and access to essential medicines; China’s rise as an international trading power; racial discrimination in Japanese and American baseball; property rights in land in Dutch South Africa; Chinese out-bound tourism and ADS; and economic education in Hawaii. La Croix is also revising a book manuscript on the economic history of Hawaii; and is coordinating the Hawaii Census Project, a multi-year venture to publish a database with all records from the 1900-1930 territorial censuses of Hawaii and to use the database to analyze the assimilation of immigrants to Hawaii.