Lab. International Environmental Economics  
■Disciplines : Agricultural Economics

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Professional Experience & Education

2021.4-Present: Associate Professor, Department of Global Acricultural Sciences, The University of Tokyo

2019.4-2021.3: Senior Chief Researcher, Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (PRIMAFF)

2015.8-2018.7:Agricultural Policy Analyst, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

2013.4-2019.3: Chief Researcher, Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (PRIMAFF)

2005.4-2013.3:Researcher, Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (PRIMAFF)

<Visiting / Part-time Position>

2013-2020: Part-time Lecturer, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, The University of Tokyo

2010.7-2012.6: Visiting Scholar, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, The University of Maryland

Education

2007: Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, The University of Tokyo

2003: M.S., Agricultural Economics, The University of Tokyo

2001: B.A., Agricultural Economics, The University of Tokyo

Research Interest

Quantitative analysis (econometrics, machine learning, simulations, and experiments)

Study Examples

The strength of our laboratory is in empirical analysis methods. Most students are encouraged to use econometrics, but depending on research interest, you can also learn machine learning methods, experimental methods (field RCTs or classroom experiments) or simulation methods (CGE models).

The scope of our research is broad. Although our laboratory’s name includes “environmental economics”, we are not restricted to environmental issues only. My past research topics include climate change, crop quality (grading), land fragmentation, and agricultural policy (decoupled payments, free trade agreement, and conservation auction). Students choose research topics through discussion with faculty members.

We do not have specific target countries or regions. You can study any country or region of your interests. But often, selection of study region is closely related to data availability. To make a good start for the thesis, it is important to find a good dataset as soon as possible.

Please contact us if you are interested in agricultural economics and empirical methodology, and have a high ambition to publish in top ag-econ journals.

Publications
  1. Kawasaki, Kentaro. (2019). “Two Harvests Are Better Than One: Double Cropping as a Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Volume 101, Issue 1, Page 172–192.
  2. Kawasaki, Kentaro and Shinsuke Uchida. (2016). “Quality Matters More Than Quantity: Asymmetric Temperature Effects on Crop Yield and Quality Grade,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Volume 98, Issue 4, Page 1195–1209.
  3. Kawasaki, Kentaro and Erik Lichtenberg. (2014) “Econometric Analysis of Grading Standards: The Ordered Fractional Approach.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Volume 96, Issue 1, pp.345–365.
  4. Kawasaki, Kentaro, Takeshi Fujie, Kentaro Koito, Norikazu Inoue, Hiroki Sasaki. (2012) “Conservation Auctions and Compliance: Theory and Evidence from Laboratory Experiments.” Environmental and Resource Economics, Volume 52, Issue 2, pp.157–179.
  5. Kawasaki, K. (2011) “The Impact of Land Fragmentation on Rice Production Cost and Input Use.” Japanese Journal of Rural Economics, Volume 13, pp. 1–14.
  6. Kawasaki, K. (2010) “The costs and benefits of land fragmentation of rice farms in Japan.” Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Volume 54, Issue 4, pp. 509–526.
  7. Inoue, N, Fujie, T, Sasaki, H, Kawasaki, K, Koito, K. (2010) “The Diversification of the Economic Activities of Farming and Farmer’s Risk Awareness in Hilly and Mountainous Areas.” (in Japanese) Japanese Journal of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, 61(1), pp.95–105, The Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics Society of Japan.
  8. Kawasaki, K. (2010) “Causes and effects of technology adoption: Empirical evidence from direct rice seeding in Japan.” (in Japanese) Journal of Rural Economics (Nogyo Keizai Kenkyu), 82(1), pp.11–22, The Agricultural Economic Society of Japan.
  9. Kawasaki, K. (2009) “The Impact of Land Fragmentation on Rice Production Cost and Factor Demands.” (in Japanese) Journal of Rural Economics (Nogyo Keizai Kenkyu), 81(1), pp.14–24, The Agricultural Economic Society of Japan.
  10. Kawasaki, K. (2008) “Supply Response to Direct Payment in Hokkaido.” (in Japanese) Journal of Rural Economics (Nihon Nogyo Keizai Gakkai Ronbunsyu), Special Issue 2008, pp.22–26, The Agricultural Economic Society of Japan.
  11. Kawasaki, K. (2006) “Human Capital and Economic Growth: Comparison of Agriculture and Non-Agriculture.” (in Japanese) Journal of Rural Economics (Nihon Nogyo Keizai Gakkai Ronbunsyu), Special Issue 2006, pp.130–137, The Agricultural Economic Society of Japan.
  12. Kawasaki, K. (2003) “The Impact of Cultivation and Afforestation in India: A CGE Modeling Approach.” (in Japanese) Journal of Rural Economics (Nihon Nogyo Keizai Gakkai Ronbunsyu), Special Issue 2003, pp.474–476, The Agricultural Economic Society of Japan.
  13. Kawasaki, Kentaro. (2018). “Temperate Agricultural Production Regions: Japan,”in Pasquale Ferranti, Elliot Berry, and Anderson Jock (eds) Encyclopedia of Food Security and Sustainability. pp.101-106, Elsevier.
  14. Kawasaki, K. (2014) “Agri-Environmental Policy in the U.S: A Review.” (in Japanese) In Eiichiro Nishizawa (ed), Nogyo Kankyo Seisaku no Keizai Bunseki (Economic Analysis of Agri-Environmental Policy), pp.19–44, Nihon Hyoryonsha, Japan.
  15. Kawasaki, K. (2010) “Farmer’s Efficiency and New Technology Adoption: The Case of Direct Seeding Technology in Japan.” (in Japanese) In Koichi Shimizu and Mitsuo Suzuki (eds), Shokuryo, Boeki, Kankyo no Keiryo Bunseki (Empirical Studies on Food, Trade and Environment), pp.1–14, Norin Tokei Shuppan, Japan.
  16. Kawasaki, K. (2009) “Food Trade and Food Security: A Review.” (in Japanese) In Shinichi Shogenji (ed), Kaikaku Jidai no Nogyo Seisaku: Saikin no Seisaku Kenkyu Review (Agricultural Policy under Reform: A Review of Recent Policy Research), pp.19–50, Norin Tokei Shuppan, Japan.
  17. Kawasaki, K. (2005) “The Structure of GTAP model and CGE model.” (in Japanese) In Nobuhiro Suzuki (ed), FTA to Shokuryo: Hyoka no Ronri to Bunseki Wakugumi (FTA and Food: Theory and an Analytical Framework), pp.169–193, Tsukuba Shobo, Japan.
  18. Kawasaki, K. (2005) “The Impact of Japan-Thailand FTA and Japan-Korea FTA.” (in Japanese) In Nobuhiro Suzuki (ed), FTA to Shokuryo: Hyoka no Ronri to Bunseki Wakugumi (FTA and Food: Theory and an Analytical Framework), pp.195–232, Tsukuba Shobo, Japan.
  19. Greenville, J., K. Kawasaki and M. Jouanjean (2019) “Dynamic Changes and Effects of Agro-Food GVCs”, OECD Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Papers, No. 119, OECD Publishing, Paris.
  20. Greenville, J., K. Kawasaki and M. Jouanjean (2019) “Value Adding Pathways in Agriculture and Food Trade: The Role of GVCs and Services”, OECD Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Papers, No. 123, OECD Publishing, Paris.
  21. Greenville, J., K. Kawasaki and M. Jouanjean (2019) “Employment in Agriculture and Food Trade: Assessing the Role of GVCs”, OECD Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Papers, No. 124, OECD Publishing, Paris.
  22. Greenville, J., K. Kawasaki, D. Fraig, and C. Carrico (2019) “Influencing GVCs through Agro-Food Policy and Reform”, OECD Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Papers, No. 125, OECD Publishing, Paris.
  23. Greenville, J. and K. Kawasaki (2018) “Agro-food trade, GVCs and agricultural development in ASEAN”, OECD Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Papers, No. 116, OECD Publishing, Paris.
  24. Greenville, J., K. Kawasaki and R. Beaujeu (2017) “A method for estimating global trade in value added within agriculture and food value chains”, OECD Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Papers, No. 99, OECD Publishing, Paris.
  25. Greenville, J., K. Kawasaki and R. Beaujeu (2017) “How policies shape global food and agriculture value chains”, OECD Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Papers, No. 100, OECD Publishing, Paris.Kawasaki, K. (2015) “Do Farmers Live Longer?” (in Japanese) PRIMAFF Review, No.66, p.6-7, Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan.
  26. Kawasaki, K. (2014) “Quality of Agricultural Products: Rationale, Impact, and Policy Issues of Crop Grading.” (in Japanese) Journal of Rural Economics (Nogyo Keizai Kenkyu), 86(2), pp.82–91, The Agricultural Economic Society of Japan.
  27. Kawasaki, K. (2013) “Book Review on ‘Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research’ and ‘Rethinking Social Inquiry: Diverse Tools, Shared Standards’.” (in Japanese) PRIMAFF Review, No.53, p.17, Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan.
  28. Kawasaki, K. (2010) “World Renowned Researchers: The Road to the AJAE.” (in Japanese) PRIMAFF Review, No.35, p.30, Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan.
  29. Kawasaki, K. (2007) “Food Security under Globalization.” (in Japanese) Nogyo to Keizai, 2007 August, pp.44–57, Showado, Japan.
  30. Kawasaki, K. (2004) “On Estimating the Effect of FTA/EPA using GTAP model.” (in Japanese) PRIMAFF Review, No.12, pp.66–68, Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan.