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ARIMOTO, Yutaka

Associate Professor / Research Division of Comparative and World Economics

Specialization: 
Development economics, Agricultural economics, Economic history

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Previous research

My research thus far has aimed to understand and address socioeconomic issues in two areas: developing economies across the world and agriculture in contemporary Japan.
 
In my research on developing economies, in addition to examining the contemporary issues faced by such economies, I analyzed how the same issues arose in Japan during its period as a developing country and how Japan solved (or failed to solve) them. In doing so, I sought to derive lessons and policy implications from Japan’s historical experience. The specific issues that I addressed include the efficiency of tenancy contracts on agricultural land, the impact of community-driven development programs, the economic effects of industrial clusters on productivity, and issues related to agricultural marketing and distribution. I applied both theoretical and empirical (microeconomic data analysis) approaches in this research.
 
My research on agriculture in contemporary Japan focused, in particular, on the reallocation of agricultural land for more efficient use in the age of mechanization. I have published research findings on the characteristics and limitations of the Japanese agricultural land market and on the clustering of agricultural land (through replotting and exchange or consolidation of land).
 

Current research projects

I am currently moving forward with projects in two main areas.
 
The first research area involves contemporary developing economies. I am conducting research on: 1) agricultural market integration and the role of intermediaries (Madagascar); and 2) markets for "low-quality" fertilizers (Vietnam and East Africa).
 
The second area is concerned with economic development in prewar Japan. Currently, I am working on: 1) the land market and factor (mis)allocation in early-modern Japan using population registers from the Nihonmatsu Domain; 2) colonial investment and indigenous industrialization in 1930s Korea; and 3) a comparative historical study of "death on the street" in Japan and Korea.
 
Keywords

development microeconomics, farmland tenancy, farmland consolidation