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. It will then design institutions supported by that evidence and make proposals for effective development policies.

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

Project Members:

Associate Prof. Yutaka Arimoto (Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi Univeristy)
Associate Prof. Yukichi Mano (Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University)
Associate Prof. Jun Goto (Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University)
Assistant Prof. Katsuo Kogure (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)

Recently Published Papers:

Aya Suzuki, Yukichi Mano and Grim Abebe “Earnings, Savings, and Job Satisfaction in a Labor-intensive Export Sector: Evidence from the Cut Flower Industry in Ethiopia”, World Development, 110 (2018) 176 – 191.

Girum Abebe, Biruk Tekle and Yukichi Mano, “Changing Saving and Investment Behavior: The Impact of Financial Literacy Training and Reminders of Micro-Businesses”, Journal of African Economics, (2018) 1-25. –> link