I am currently a research follow at the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO) in Japan. I completed my Ph.D. in Applied Economics at Cornell University in 2007. I hold an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University and a B.S. in Agriculture from Hokkaido University. Prior to joining the IDE, I was an assistant professor in Division of Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.
My research has focused on microeconomic and statistical analysis of food-, health- and poverty-related issues in developing and transition economies with a particular emphasis on China. Some research questions addressed by my research include: Whose nutritional status is more influenced by food price subsidies and increasing household income? How can providing information and improving knowledge be any more effective at letting consumers to make healthier choices? What are the socioeconomic consequences of undernutrition and obesity? These concerns are of particular importance in overcoming the global obesity epidemic as well as the persistent undernutrition. Recently, I have begun a project that attempts to incorporate ideas from behavioral economics in order to make better predictions about eating behavior and health outcomes.
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