The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2000, having fallen short of achieving sufficient poverty reduction in developing nations, were replaced in 2015 by Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Meanwhile, we still lack adequate knowledge regarding effective institutions and policies for sustainable reduction of absolute poverty in developing nations. In this background, this research will make use of original data gathered in the earlier projects at Hitotsubashi and the tools of microeconomics/microeconometrics in attempting to precisely measure the impact of institutions and policies on poverty reduction. Based on that empirical evidence, policies and supporting institutions for effective development will be proposed.

Project Leader
Takashi Kurosaki
Professor at Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University

Project Members

Prof. Yutaka Arimoto Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University
Prof. Kazuhiro Obayashi Graduate School of Law, Hitotsubashi University
Prof. Kensuke Teshima Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University
Prof. Yukichi Mano Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University
Associate Prof. Mari Tanaka Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University
Specially Appointed Assistant Prof. Hamza Umer Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study, Hitotsubashi University

Research Collaborators

Senior Associate Prof. Katsuo Kogure Center for Cultural Research and Studies, The University of Aizu
Associate Prof. Yuichi Kubota Faculty of International Studies and Regional Development, University of Niigata Prefecture
Associate Prof. Hirotaka Ohmura Faulty of Economics, Shiga University
Associate Prof. Yuko Mori Department of International and Cultural Studies, Tsuda University
Assistant Prof. Saumik Paul Newcastle University
Associate Prof. Kazuya Masuda Department of Economics, Gakushuin University
Associate Prof. Jun Goto Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University
Researcher Guenwoo Lee Social Science Division, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS)

Recently Published Papers

Kazushi Takahashi, Yukichi Mano and Keijiro Otsuka, “Learning from Experts and Peer Farmers about Rice Production: Experimental Evidence from Cote d’Ivoire”, World Development, 122 (2019) 157 – 169.