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UESUGI, Iichiro

Research Division of Economic Institutions and Policy

Financial Intermediation, Small Businesses, Interfirm Networks, Japanese Economy


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Previous research

After obtaining my Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego, I worked for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan at several positions including the Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, the Minister's Secretariat, the Small and Medium Enterprises Agency, and the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), before becoming the member of the Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University in March 2011. The subject of my dissertation concerned the functions of short-term money markets on which central banks have considerable impact through their market operations. Since then, I have changed my area of interest and implemented empirical research using micro-level data in the fields of banking, corporate finance, SMEs, and real estate markets. I also have served as lead researcher on two large government-funded research projects: a research project focusing on inter-firm transaction networks and firm-bank relationships (FY2008-2012) and a research project to elucidate the interactions between economic activities and real estate markets (FY2013-2017).

Current research projects

Currently, I implement research on the following topics: (1) the impact of government involvement in the loan market for small and medium enterprises, (2) the role of collateral and personal guarantees, and the impact of real estate markets on firm financing, (3) the impact of shocks including major disasters and financial crises on firms and banks, and (4) competition in the loan market.

firm dynamics, banking, SMEs, the Japanese economy, real estate market