IZA World of Labor
Yasuyuki Todo

Waseda University, Japan

I am extremely honored to contribute to this project, which provides policymakers and academics with the latest evidence on various important issues in labor policy

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University

Research interest

Development economics, international economics, Japanese economy, applied econometrics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Member of a policymaking committee under the Cabinet Office National Strategy Conference, Japan

Past positions

Department Head and Professor, University of Tokyo, 2012–2014


PhD Economics, Stanford University, 2000

Selected publications

  • “The strength of long ties and the weakness of strong ties: Knowledge diffusion through supply chain networks.” Research Policy 45:9 (2016): 1890–1906 (with P. Matous and H. Inoue).

  • “How do supply chain networks affect the resilience of firms to natural disasters? Evidence from the great East Japan earthquake.” Journal of Regional Science 55:2 (2015): 209–229 (with K. Nakajima and P. Matous).

  • “Poverty reduction during the rural-urban transformation: The role of the missing middle.” World Development 63 (2014): 43–58.

  • “Quantitative evaluation of determinants of export and FDI: Firm-level evidence from Japan." The World Economy 34:3 (2011): 355–381.

  • “Overseas R&D activities and home productivity growth: Evidence from Japanese firm-level data.” Journal of Industrial Economics 56:4 (2008): 752–777 (with S. Shimizutani).