Takashi Unayama is a Professor at Institute of Economic Research (IER), Hitotsubashi University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of Tokyo in 2004. He taught at Keio University, Kyoto University, Kobe University before joining Hitotsubashi University. He also served as Principal Economist to Ministry of Finance in Japan.
His research field is on household behavior, especially about consumption decision, with empirical perspectives. His academic papers cover topics related to consumption changes around retirement; impacts of social security program such as public pension and child benefit; and impacts of VAT rate increases. In addition, he is also known as an expert in statistical survey system in Japan. As an advisor of the Statistical Bureau of Japanese government, he contributed to various improvements of survey practices. In this area, he recently published a monograph entitled Introduction to Japanese Household Surveys (Springer 2018).
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