Name / Position

TAKASAKI, Yoshito / Professor


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Curriculum Vitae


December 2000 Ph.D., Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
December 1996 M.A., Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
May 1993 M.B.A., Business Administration, Georgetown University
March 1988 B.S., Geography, University of Tokyo

Professional Experience

April 2015-present Professor, Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo
April 2011-March 2015 Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba
April 2010-March 2011 Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba
April 2004-March 2010 Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba
March 2001-March 2004 Associate Professor, Institute of Policy and Planning Sciences, University of Tsukuba
April 1988-July 1994 Researcher, Long-Term Credit Bank Research Institute, Tokyo

Research Field

Development Economics, Empirical Microeconomics, Field Experiment, Resource Economics

Research Theme

Poverty, Political economy, Institution, Geography, Space, Community, Social network, Ethnicity, Conflict, Crime, Disability, Labor, Education, Health, Behavior, Risk, Natural disaster, Tropical forest, Shifting cultivation, Rural livelihoods, Conservation



  • Sato, Ryoko and Yoshito Takasaki. forthcoming. “Backfire effect of salient information on vaccine take-up: Experimental evidence from scared-straight intervention in rural northern Nigeria.” Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics.
  • Coomes, Oliver T., Christian Abizaid, Yoshito Takasaki, and Santiago Rivas Panduro. 2021. “The Lower Ucayali River in prehistory: Cultural chronology, archeological evidence and a recently discovered Pre-Columbian site.” Geographical Review 111(1): 145-167.
  • Takasaki, Yoshito. 2020. “Impacts of Disability on Poverty: Quasi-experimental Evidence from Landmine Amputees in Cambodia.” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 180: 85-107.
  • Coomes, Oliver T., Yoshito Takasaki, and Christian Abizaid. 2020. “Impoverishment of local wild resources in western Amazonia: a large-scale community survey of local ecological knowledge.” Environmental Research Letters 15(7): 074016
  • Cadieux, Nicolas, Margaret Kalacska, Oliver T. Coomes, Mari Tanaka, and Yoshito Takasaki. 2020. “A Python algorithm for shortest-path river network distance calculations considering river flow direction.” Data 5(1): 8
  • Sato, Ryoko and Yoshito Takasaki. 2019. “Peer effects on vaccination behavior: Experimental evidence from rural Nigeria.” Economic Development and Cultural Change 68(1): 93-129.
  • Sato, Ryoko and Yoshito Takasaki. 2019. “Psychic vs. economic barriers to vaccine take-up: Evidence from a field experiment in Nigeria.” World Bank Economic Review 33(3): 622-642.
  • Kogure, Katsuo and Yoshito Takasaki, 2019. “GIS for empirical research design: An illustration with georeferenced point data.” PLoS ONE 14(3): e02112316.
  • Takasaki, Yoshito. 2018. “Risky coping.” Journal of Development Studies 54(3): 501-522.
  • Abizaid, Christian, Oliver T. Coomes, Yoshito Takasaki, and J. Pablo Arroyo-Mora. 2018. “Rural social networks along Amazonian rivers: seeds, labor and soccer among communities on the Napo River, Peru.” Geographical Review 198(1): 92-119.2018 Geographical Review Best Paper Award
  • Coomes, Oliver T., Yoshito Takasaki, and Jeanine Rhemtulla. 2017. “What fate for swidden agriculture under land constraint in tropical forests?: Lessons from a long-term study in an Amazonian peasant community.” Journal of Rural Studies 54: 39-51.
  • Sawada, Yasuyuki and Yoshito Takasaki. 2017. “Natural disaster, poverty, and development: an introduction.” World Development 94: 2-15.
  • Takasaki, Yoshito. 2017. “Post-disaster informal risk sharing against illness.” World Development 94: 64-74.
  • Takasaki, Yoshito. 2017. “Do natural disasters decrease the gender gap in schooling?” World Development 94: 75-89.
  • Coomes, Oliver T., Yoshito Takasaki, and Jeanine Rhemtulla. 2016. “Forests as landscapes of social inequality: Tropical forest cover and land distribution among shifting cultivators.” Ecology and Society 21(3): 20.
  • Coomes, Oliver T., Yoshito Takasaki, Christian Abizaid, and J. Pablo Arroyo-Mora. 2016. “Environmental and market determinants of economic orientation among rain forest communities: evidence from a large-scale survey in western Amazonia.” Ecological Economics 129: 260-271.
  • Webster, K., Arroyo-Mora, J. P., Coomes, O. T., Takasaki, Y, and Abizaid C. 2016. “A cost path and network analysis methodology to calculate distances along a complex river network in the Peruvian Amazon.” Applied Geography 73: 13-25.
  • Takasaki, Yoshito. 2016. “Cyclones alter risk sharing against illness through networks and groups: Evidence from Fiji” In Eric C. Jones and A.J. Faas, eds., Social Network Analysis of Disaster Response, Recovery, and Adaptation, pp.209-222, Elsevier.
  • Takasaki, Yoshito. 2016. “Learning from disaster: Community-based marine protected areas in Fiji.” Environment and Development Economics 21(1): 53-77.
  • Abizaid, Christian, Oliver T. Coomes, Yoshito Takasaki, and Stéphanie Brisson. 2015. “Social network analysis of peasant agriculture: cooperative labor as gendered relational networks.” The Professional Geographer. 67(3): 447-463.
  • Takasaki, Yoshito. 2014. “How is disaster aid allocated within poor villages? Risk sharing and social hierarchy.” Journal of International Development. 26(8): 1097-1114.
  • Takasaki, Yoshito, Oliver T. Coomes, Christian Abizaid, and Stéphanie Brisson. 2014. “An efficient nonmarket institution under imperfect markets: labor sharing for tropical forest clearing.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 96(3): 711-732.
  • Kogure, Katsuo and Yoshito Takasaki. 2014. “Long-term effects of the Cambodian genocide on education” The Economic Review (Keizaikenkyu) 65(1): 42-55 (in Japanese).
  • Takasaki, Yoshito. 2013. “Deforestation, forest fallowing, and soil conservation in shifting cultivation.” Theoretical Economics Letters 3(5A1): 30-38.
  • Takasaki, Yoshito. 2012. “Natural disasters, gender and handicrafts” Journal of Development Studies 48(1): 115-132.
  • Takasaki, Yoshito. 2012. “Economic models of shifting cultivation: a review” In Paulo Moutinho, ed., Deforestation Around the World, pp.351-372, Rijeka: InTech.
  • Takasaki, Yoshito. 2011. “Do local elites capture natural disaster reconstruction funds?” Journal of Development Studies 47(9): 1281-1298.
  • Coomes, Oliver T., Yoshito Takasaki, and Jeanine Rhemtulla. 2011. “Land-use poverty traps identified in shifting cultivation systems shape long-term tropical forest cover.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108(34): 13925-13930.
  • Takasaki, Yoshito. 2011. “Distributing disaster aid in the village: kinship, mutual help, and hierarchy” The Economic Review (Keizaikenkyu) 62(2): 141-152 (in Japanese).
  • Takasaki, Yoshito. 2011. “Groups, networks, and hierarchy in household private transfers: Evidence from Fiji” Oxford Development Studies 39(1): 97-130.
  • Takasaki, Yoshito. 2011. “Do the commons help augment mutual insurance among the poor?” World Development 39(3): 429-438.
  • Takasaki, Yoshito. 2011. “Targeting cyclone relief within the village: Kinship, sharing, and capture.” Economic Development and Cultural Change 59(2): 387-416.
  • Coomes, Oliver, Yoshito Takasaki, Christian Abizaid, and Bradford Barham. 2010. “Floodplain fisheries as natural insurance for the rural poor in tropical forest environments: evidence from Amazonia.” Fisheries Management and Ecology. 17(6): 513-521.
  • Takasaki, Yoshito, Bradford L. Barham, and Oliver T. Coomes. 2010. “Smoothing income against crop flood losses in Amazonia: rain forest or rivers as a safety net?” Review of Development Economics 14(1): 48-63.
  • Takasaki, Yoshito. 2007. “Dynamic household models of forest clearing under distinct land and labor market institutions: can agricultural policies reduce tropical deforestation?” Environment and Development Economics 12(3): 423-443.
  • Takasaki, Yoshito. 2006. “A model of shifting cultivation: can soil conservation reduce deforestation?” Agricultural Economics 35(2): 193-201.
  • Coomes, Oliver T., Bradford L. Barham, and Yoshito Takasaki. 2004. “Targeting conservation-development initiatives in tropical forests: insights from analyses of rain forest use and economic reliance among Amazonian peasants,” Ecological Economics 51(1-2): 47-64.
  • Takasaki, Yoshito, Bradford L. Barham, and Oliver T. Coomes. 2004. “Risk coping strategies in tropical forests: floods, illness, and resource extraction,” Environment and Development Economics 9(2): 203-224.  
  • Takasaki, Yoshito, Bradford L. Barham, and Oliver T. Coomes. 2001. “Amazonian peasants, rain forest use, and income generation: the role of wealth and geographical factors,” Society and Natural Resources 14(4): 291-308.
  • Takasaki, Yoshito, Bradford L. Barham, and Oliver T. Coomes. 2000. “Rapid rural appraisal in humid tropical forests: an asset possession-based approach and validation methods for wealth assessment among forest peasant households,” World Development 28(11): 1961-1977.
  • Barham, Bradford L., Oliver T. Coomes, and Yoshito Takasaki. 1999. “Rain forest livelihoods: income generation, household wealth and forest use,” Unasylva 50(198): 34-42. (also published in French and Spanish)

Other Professional Activities and Awards

Other Professional Activities and Services

  • Associate Editor, Japanese Economic Review, 2015-present
  • Editorial Board, Economies, October 2012-present
  • Editorial Board, International Political Economy, April 2004-March 2006


  • 2018 Geographical Review Best Paper Award, 2019 (with Christian Abizaid, Oliver T. Coomes, and J. Pablo Arroyo-Mora)
  • Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Honorable Mention, American Agricultural Economics Association, 2001
  • Henry Taylor Doctoral Dissertation Award, Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001
  • Runner-up, The Award for Outstanding Research on Development, Global Development Network, 2000 (with Bradford L. Barham and Oliver T. Coomes)