SATO, Yasuhiro

SATO, Yasuhiro

Name / Position

SATO, Yasuhiro / Professor


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Curriculum Vitae


2002 Ph.D., University of Tokyo
1996 B.A., University of Tokyo

Professional Experience

2018- Professor, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo
2016-2018 Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo
2008-2016 Associate Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University
2004-2008 Associate Professor, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University
2001-2004 Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University
2000-2001 Assistant Professor, School of Informatics and Sciences, Nagoya University

Research Field

Urban Economics, Regional Economics

Research Theme

My field of research is urban and regional economics, focusing on migration between cities or regions, and fiscal externalities.



  • Industrial structure in urban accounting, forthcoming in Regional Science and Urban Economics (2020). (with J. Oshiro)
  • Assimilation patterns in cities, European Economic Review 129, 103563 (2020). (with Y. Zenou)
  • Demographics and competition for capital in political economy, International Tax and Public Finance 27, 865-889 (2020). (with T. Morita and K. Yamamoto)
  • Demographics, immigration, and market size, Japanese Economic Review 71, 597–639 (2020). (with K. Fukumura, K. Nagamachi, and K. Yamamoto)
  • Illegal immigration, unemployment, and multiple destinations, Journal of Regional Science 59, 118-144 (2019). (with K. Miyagiwa)
  • Spatial economic analysis on demographics, In: M. Ii, C. Hara, K. Hosono, and H. Matsushima (eds.) Trends in Modern Economics 2017, Chapter 5 (2017). (in Japanese)
  • Multi-region job search with moving costs, Regional Science and Urban Economics 61, 114–129 (2016). (with K. Kawata and K. Nakajima)
  • Who gains from capital market integration: Tax competition between unionized and non-unionized countries, Canadian Journal of Economics 49, 76-110 (2016). (with H. Ogawa and T. Tamai)
  • Capital mobility-a resource curse or blessing? How, when, for whom? Journal of Public Economic Theory 18, 417-450 (2016). (with H. Ogawa and J. Oshiro)
  • How urbanization affect employment and social interactions, European Economic Review 75, 131-155 (2015). (with Y. Zenou)
  • Land development, search frictions, and city structure, Regional Science and Urban Economics 50,63-76 (2015). (with W. Xiao)
  • A model of urban demography, Canadian Journal of Economics 47, 981-1009 (2014). (with H. Aiura)
  • Free entry, regulatory competition, and globalization, Journal of Public Economics 118, 1-14 (2014). (with K. Miyagiwa)
  • Horizontal mergers, firm heterogeneity, and R&D investments, The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 13, 959-990 (2013). (with N. Matsushima and K. Yamamoto)
  • Trade impacts on skill acquisition via variety expansion, Japanese Economic Review 63, 451-466 (2012). (with K. Yamamoto)
  • Market size and entrepreneurship, Journal of Economic Geography 12, 1139-1166 (2012). (with T. Tabuchi and K. Yamamoto)
  • On-the-job search in urban areas, Regional Science and Urban Economics 42, 715-726 (2012). (with K. Kawata)
  • Migration, skill formation, and the wage structure, Journal of Regional Science 51, 5-30 (2011). (with K. Behrens)
  • On the impact of trade on the industrial structures of nations, International Journal of Economic Theory 7, 93-109 (2011). (with D. Oyama, T. Tabuchi and J.-F. Thisse)
  • Capital tax competition and search unemployment, Papers in Regional Science 88, 749-764 (2009).
  • International commodity taxation in the presence of unemployment, Journal of Public Economics 93, 939-949 (2009). (with S. Moriconi)
  • OLS estimation and the t test revisited in rank-size rule regression, Journal of Regional Science 48, 691-716 (2008). (with Y. Nishiyama and S. Osada)
  • Welfare properties of spatial competition with location dependent costs, Regional Science and Urban Economics 38, 32-48 (2008). (with H. Aiura)
  • Technological progress, income inequality and fertility, Journal of Population Economics 21, 135-157 (2008). (with K. Tabata and K. Yamamoto)
  • Competing for capital when labor is heterogeneous, European Economic Review 51, 2054-2079 (2007). (with J.-F. Thisse)
  • Economic geography, fertility and migration, Journal of Urban Economics 61, 372-387 (2007).
  • A note on unemployment and capital tax competition, Journal of Urban Economics 60, 350-356 (2006). (with H. Ogawa and T. Tamai)
  • `Brain drain' without migration: Capital market integration and capital-skill complementarities, Economics Bulletin 18 No.1, 1-9 (2006). (with K. Behrens)
  • Bargaining power of landlords and underdevelopment in a system of cities, Papers in Regional Science 84, 239-250, (2005).
  • Population concentration, urbanization, and demographic transition, Journal of Urban Economics 58, 45-61, (2005).(with K. Yamamoto)
  • Migration, frictional unemployment, and welfare improving labor policies, Journal of Regional Science 44, 773-793, (2004).
  • City structure, search and workers' job acceptance behavior, Journal of Urban Economics 55, 350-370, (2004).
  • On labor policies affecting investment in general human capital, Labour 17, 599-622, (2003). (with H. Sugiura)
  • Labor heterogeneity in an urban labor market, Journal of Urban Economics 50, 313-337, (2001).
  • Search theory and the wage curve, Economics Letters 66, 93-98, (2000).
  • An analysis of a rental housing search in a city, JCER Economic Journal 41, 132-150, (2000). (in Japanese with English summary)
  • Labor heterogeneity, agglomeration economies and regional labor markets, Kokumin-keizai 162, 1-20, (1999). (in Japanese)

Books and Monographs

  • Introduction to Urban and Regional Economics, Yuhikaku (2014). (in Japanese)
  • Spatial Economics, Yuhikaku (2011). (with T. Tabuchi and K. Yamamoto, in Japanese)

Other Professional Activities and Awards

Other Professional Activities and Services

  • Associate Editor, Regional Science and Urban Economics
  • Editorial Advisor, Papers in Regional Science


  • Journal of Economic Geography, Best Referee Award, 2015.
  • The JAAE award, Japan Association for Applied Economics, 2011.
  • The Sakashita Prize, Applied Regional Science Conference, 2007.