東京大学東洋文化研究所 / 教授
Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo / Professor
中国を中心に世界史を貨幣間の補完性という視角から研究。Character of Money という概念を通して、匿名性と指名性、現地通貨と地域間決済通貨という二つの軸から世界貨幣史をとらえ直す国際共同研究を組織。
パリ第十大学、チュービンゲン大学、高等師範学院（パリ）客員教授。『中華帝国の構造と世界経済』（１９９４）でサントリー学芸賞、京都大学博士（経済学）。International Journal of Asian Studies（ケンブリッジ大学出版）編集長。
KURODA Akinobu‘s studies cover comparative studies of monetary history on East Asia, India, Africa, and Europe, as well as specific studies of China‘s monetary history. He has argued that we can determine the character of money according to the degrees along two axes. First, to what extent is the relationship between persons making transactions biased in either the direction of cohesiveness or of anonymity. Second, to what extent the conversion between the currency for local transactions and that for inter-regional settlements worked according to fixed or flexible conversion rates. For his study, the structure of the Chinese empire and the world economy, he won the Suntory Prize for Social Sciences in 1994 and doctoral degree of economics from Kyoto University in 1995. He was Mercator Gastprofessur (DFG) at University of Tubingen and visiting professor at Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre and Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris. He is also the editor of the International Journal of Asian Studies (http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=ASI).