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KINUGASA TomokoProfessor



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Research Interest

My research interests include the effects of demographic change on saving and economic development, determinants of technical change and efficiency of agriculture, and regional development by promoting agriculture.



Lectures and Seminars

Lectures (Undergraduate)
Food Economics
Food is essential for human beings and stable supply of food is an important issue. In this lecture, problems of Japanese agriculture are discussed from various points of views based on economics. We try to answer the following questions. First, how agriculture is different from other industries? Second, what should Japanese agriculture do under population aging and globalization? The purpose of this lecture is to understand basic agricultural economics and to become able to discuss problems related to agriculture appropriately in terms of economics.


Seminars (Undergraduate)
We discuss population, agriculture and economic development in the seminar.




Seminars (Graduate/ Postgraduate)
We research population, agriculture and economic development in the seminar.



  1. Kinugasa, Tomoko and Yamaguchi, Mitoshi, "The Effect of Demographic Change on Industrial Structure: A Study Using the Overlapping Generations and General Equilibrium Growth Accounting Models," Journal of Population Studies, Vol. 42, 2008, pp.21–40.
  2. Kinugasa, Tomoko and Mason, Andrew, "Why Countries Become Wealthy: The Effects of Adult Longevity on Saving," World Development, Vol.35, No.1, 2007, pp.1-23.
  3. Kiugasa,Tomoko, Huang, Wei and Yamaguchi, Mitoshi, "Demographic Change and Regional Economic Growth: A Comparative Analysis of Japan and China," in Mason, Andrew and Yamaguchi, Mitoshi Eds., Population Change, Labor Markets and Sustainable Growth: Towards a New Economic Paradigm, Chapter 5, Elsevier Science, 2007.
  4. Kinugasa, Tomoko, "Increasing Part-Time Farmers, Expanding Agricultural Land, and Japanese Agriculture Growth: A Simultaneous Equations Analysis," Journal of Rural Problems, Vol.42, 2006, pp.291-301.

Population has a strong influence on the economy and economy affects population importantly. Population is increasing rapidly in developing countries, at the same time, fertility has been low in developed countries and population is decreasing in some countries. Population economics try to clarify how population influences economy and how economy affects population using theoretical and empirical methods of economics. Topics of population economics are related to many kinds of research fields such as macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics, sociology, and public health. I am researching the effect of adult longevity on saving and economic growth. I enjoy my research exchanging opinions with various researchers and students. I look forward to discussing with you about population and economy.

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