HOMEPublications ≫ IER NEWSLETTER Vol. 1

IER NEWSLETTER Vol. 1 (2015/12/11) 


1. Message from the Director
2. Information
3. Column
4. Visitors
5. Seminar Schedule
6. New Publications

     1. Message from the Director     


We are publishing this newsletter to provide regular notice of the activities of the Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University. While we have provided information through the Institute’s website, we now decide to publish this newsletter as a means of communicating information actively in order to provide more timely notice of the Institute’s activities, so that readers can participate in our activities and have more accurate understandings of their content.
Recently, the vast amount of information exchanged on the Internet has made it difficult to identify which information truly has value. We hope that this newsletter not only will provide information on the content of the activities of the Institute of Economic Research but also will serve as a venue through which members of the Institute can come together to communicate interesting and valuable information, for example by publishing features in which the authors themselves will describe timely
studies and the latest research.


Yukinobu Kitamura
Director, IER


     2. Information     


Emeritus Professor Yoshiro Matsuda was awarded “Ouchi Prize”.  For details:
(in Japanese)
Application of “Joint usage and Research Center Programs” for FY2016 has been started.  
For details: http://www.ier.hit-u.ac.jp/kyodo-riyou/English/siteinfo/download.html


     3. Column     


Associate Professor
Research Division of Comparative and World Economics
On October 1, 2015, I began conducting empirical research at the Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University. The general focus of my research is on economic transitions and changes in the labor market in China. My primary sources of information include the Chinese Household Income Survey conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the Chinese Household Income Project Survey conducted by the NBS and Beijing Normal University. I employ systemic and empirical study approaches to conduct research on wage differentials between the public and private sectors, which is a continuing project supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science KAKENHI Grant (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C) for three years). In addition, I am participating in other research programs being conducted by the Japanese government. For example, I am conducting empirical research on the effects of the public health insurance system reform in China, which began in April 2015 and was organized by the Education/Health Productivity research group of the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (Japan). 
Furthermore, I am conducting policy research on the aging population and its impact on the patterns of elderly care and the determinants of choices for caregivers of the elderly in China, which also began in
April 2015 as a project of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research Projects conducted by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research. Finally, I am a
participant in several international research programs being jointly conducted by the Beijing Normal University and the Institute of Economics as well as the Institute of Population and Labor Economics of
the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. We are gathering labor market survey data for collaborative work to produce empirical research on labor market segmentation in China, which focus on the determinants of informal sector participation and wage differentials between informal and formal sectors in China.

     3. Visitors     


[Visiting and Adjunct Faculties]
Reiko Aoki (Kyushu University) 2015/4/2-2016/3/31
Kazuko Kano (Musashino University) 2015/4/2-2016/3/18
Stacey H. Chen (Academia Sinica) 2015/4/2-2016/3/18
[Foreign Visiting Faculties]
Hodaka Morita (The University of New South Wales) 2015/11/30-2016/2/28
Partha Sen (Delhi School of Economics) 2015/11/7-2016/2/7
[Visiting Scholars]
Pierre van der Eng (Australian National University) 2015/11/28-2016/1/31
Katsuo Kogure (Osaka University) 2015/10/1-2016/3/31

     5. Seminar Schedule     


Dec 11, 2015; 10:30-
CEI Seminar/Economic Development Workshop
Partha Sen (Delhi School of Economics)
Dec 15, 2015; 15:00-
International Seminar
Heinrich Harald Nax (Department of Humanities, Social and Political
Sciences, ETH Zurich)
Dec 25, 2015; 16:30-
Economic Theory Workshop/CTWE
Takakazu Honryo (University of Mannheim)
Jan 12, 2016; 16:00-
International Seminar
Kocenda, Evzen (Institute of Economic Studies, Charles University)
Jan 12, 2016; 16:30-
Industry and Labor Economics Workshop
Sayaka Nakamura (Nagoya University)
Jan 19, 2016; 16:30-
Macro Money Workshop/Statistics & Econometrics Workshop/International
Susumu Imai (University of Technology Sydney)
Jan 21, 2016; 16:30-
Economic Theory Workshop
Hongyi Li (University of New South Wales)
Jan 26, 2016; 16:30-     Industry and Labor Economics Workshop/CEI
Seminar/International Seminar
Hodaka Morita (UNSW Business School)
Feb 16, 2016; 16:30-
Industry and Labor Economics Workshop
Heloise Petit (Lille University of Science and Technology)

     5. New Publications     


RCESR Discussion Paper Series
[Nov 6, 2015]
John P. Tang
CEI Working Paper Series
[Nov 6, 2015]
Kurosaki Takashi, Kaushalesh Lal, A.K. Mangal, Asit Banerji, and S.N. Mishra
HIT-REFINED Working Paper Series
[Oct 23, 2015]
Makoto Hazama, Iichiro Uesugi
HIT-REFINED Working Paper Series
[Oct 23, 2015]
Yoshiaki Ogura, Ryo Okui, Yukiko Umeno Saito
IER Discussion Paper Series
[Oct 20, 2015]
Alessio Moro, Solmaz Moslehi, Satoshi Tanaka