IER NEWSLETTER Vol. 11 (2016/11/7) 

We are publishing to our related researchers this newsletter for the purpose of providing 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.



1. Column: MASUDA, Kazuya (Assistant Professor, IER, Hitotsubashi University)
2. Visitors
3. Seminar Schedule
4. New Publications

     1. Column     


(Assistant Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University)


I assumed my position at the Institute of Economic Research on April 1, 2016. My specialization is development economics, and my areas of interest within that academic domain are the topics of promotion of access to basic education and improving the health of mothers and young children.
One research subject in which I was especially strongly interested during my time as a doctoral student concerned the large-scale changes to the basic education systems that have been implemented in recent years in African nations. There are two reasons for this.
   The first is because I aim to play a role in providing scientific grounding for the appropriate design of education systems by developing counties through precise verification of the effects of adoption of such systemic changes on children’s educational progress and academic abilities.
   The second is because I would like to study the diverse effects of the promotion of basic education, using such large-scale systemic changes as an opportunity for natural experiment.
Since starting at Hitotsubashi, I have been working on the following three new projects:
1. Evaluation of the effects of the micro-nutrition supplementation program using Spirulina platensis on human capital among children (Zambia)
2. Analysis of the effects on children’s academic ability and non-cognitive skills of student tracking system in primary school (Philippines)
3. Verification of the effects of the change in the distance to the nearest government hospital on mothers’ use of newborn healthcare services (Uganda)
I know I still have plenty of work to do, but I intend to devote all that I can to my research. Your guidance and encouragement would be greatly appreciated.

     2. Visitors     


[Visiting and Adjunct Faculties]
Katsuo Kogure (Osaka University) 2016/4/2-2017/3/21
Tatsuyoshi Saijo (Kochi University of Technology) 2016/4/2-2017/3/21
[Foreign Visiting Faculties]
Yuichiro Waki (University of Queensland) 2016/10/25-2017/2/24
Deng, Quheng (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) 2016/10/20-2017/1/19
[Visiting Scholars]
Richard Duhautois (CNAM (Conservatoire des arts et Metiers)) 2016/11/14-2016/11/20
Tatiana Karabchuk (United Arab Emirate University) 2016/11/8-2016/11/12
Akihito Katsuo (Tamagawa University) 2016/4/1-2017/3/20

     3. Seminar Schedule     


Nov 9, 2016, 10:30-
Tatiana Karabchuk (United Arab Emirates University)
Nov 15, 2016, 16:30-
Richard Duhautois (Chercheur au Centre d'etudes de l'emploi)
Nov 16, 2016, 12:15-
Pao-lien Chen (Associate Professor National Tsing Hua University)
Nov 22, 2016, 09:30-
1. Todd Sarver (Duke University)[9:30-10:30]
2. Daisuke Nakajima (Otaru University of Commerce)[10:30-11:30]
3. Philipp Sadowski (Duke University)[12:00-13:00]
4. David Ahn (UC Berkeley)[14:30-15:30]
5. Asen Kochov (University of Rochester)[15:30-16:30]
6. David Dillenberger (University of Pennsylvania)[17:00-18:00]
Nov 22, 2016, 16:30-
Chao Ma (Xiamen University)
Nov 25, 2016, 14:30-
1. Shi LI (Beijing Normal University,)
2. Quheng DENG (Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)
3. Go YANO (Kyoto University)
4. Xinxin MA(Hitotsubashi University)
Nov 29, 2016, 17:30-
Gunther Schnabl (University of Leipzig)
Dec 6, 2016, 16:30-
Hodaka Morita (University of New South Wales/Hitotsubashi University)
Dec 10, 2016
December 10-11, 2016
Dec 13, 2016, 16:30-
Zheng Song (Michael) (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Dec 22, 2016, 17:00-
David Chambers (University of Cambridge)
Jan 12, 2017, 16:30-
Chengsi Wang (University of Mannheim)
Jan 19, 2017, 16:30-
Georgy Artemov (The University of Melborne)
Jan 20, 2017, 16:30-
Keisuke Bando (Tokyo University of Science)
Feb 2, 2017, 16:30-
Jeong-Yoo Kim (Kyung Hee University)

     4. New Publications      

CEI Working Paper Series  
Ichiro Iwasaki and Kazuhiro Kumo
HIT-REFINED Working Paper Series  
Tomohiro Hirano, Noriyuki Yanagawa
CEI Working Paper Series  
Shintaro Yamaguchi
RRC Working Paper Series  
Masaaki KUBONIWA, Shinichiro TABATA, and Yasushi NAKAMURA
Hirofumi ARAI and Ichiro IWASAKI