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Professor / Japanese and Asian Economies
Development Economics, Agricultural Economics, South Asian Economies
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1987B.A. (Area Studies) University of Tokyo
1991M.A. Stanford University
1995Ph.D. Stanford University
Positions held
1987Researcher, Institute of Developing Economies
1997Associate Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University
2005Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University
Previous research
My research career started in 1987 as a researcher on the economies of the South Asia region at the Institute of Developing Economies. I moved to the Institute of Economic Research here at Hitotsubashi University in 1997, where I have been conducting both theoretical and empirical work from a microeconomic perspective on questions of economic development in LDCs where absolute poverty is widespread. My research to date can be largely divided into two areas. The first area is modeling economic behavior under risk and the empirical application of these models in the context of rural communities in South Asia. More recently, I have tried to combine the analysis of poverty with the question of how to analyze the economic vulnerability of households. My second major research area is the empirical analysis of market development in low-income economies using historical statistics.
Current research projects
The area on which I am concentrating most of my efforts at the moment is empirical research based on field surveys conducted in Pakistan and India. With regard to Pakistan, I am conducting research related to community development and the devolution policy commenced as part of the ODA efforts by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) there. As for India, we are making progress with two field surveys. In the north, we are continuing our survey on the informal transportation sector in Delhi, which aims at empirically examining the dynamics of urban poverty, while in the south, we are carrying on with a survey in rural Andhra Pradesh that focuses on child labor, credit constraints, and intrahousehold resource allocation. Apart from this, I am involved in research on the relationship between constraints on small and medium enterprises in Pakistan and the credit market and human capital; the long-term growth process of agriculture in India and Pakistan; and empirical work on the rural economy in Myanmar.
development microeconomics, microeconometrics, household models, poverty analysis, South Asian economies