Kensuke Teshima

Assistant Professor

Centro de Investigación Económica

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

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Assistant Professor, Centro de Investigación Económica, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), January 2010-Present

Research Fellow, Kyoto Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University, June 2009-December 2009.


Ph.D in Economics, Columbia University, 2010.

        Thesis Title: Industrial Development in the Global Economy: Innovation and Investment of Mexican Firms.  

        Sponsor: Eric Verhoogen

M.A. in Economics, Kyoto University, 2003.

B.A. in Economics, Kyoto University, 2001.

Research Interests: Industrial Development, International Trade, Regional and Urban Economics


-Foreign Employees as Channel for Technology Transfer: Evidence From MNC's Subsidiaries in Mexico.
(joint with Estefania Santacreu-Vasut). Journal of Development Economics 2016.

Earlier versions titled "Expatriates as Leaders in Technology Transfer and FDI: Theory and Evidence from Mexico."
Our essays on the consequence of anti-migration policies at Foco Economico (in Spanish), and at ESSEC Knowledge (in English and in French).

-Does Household Finance Facilitate Law Compliance? Evidence from Mexico.
(joint with Emilio Gutierrez). Economics Letters, 2016.

Working Papers:

-Identifying Neighborhood Effects among Firms: Evidence from the Location Lotteries of the Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market.
(joint with Kentaro Nakajima) Presented at NBER Summer Institute 2017 (Urban Economics).

-Offshoring Health Risks: The Impact of the U.S. Lead Regulation on Infant Health in Mexico
(joint with Shinsuke Tanaka) Presented at NBER Summer Institute 2016 (Environment and Energy Economics Egg-timer). Updated draft coming soon.

-Assortative Matching of Exporters and Importers
(joint with Yoichi Sugita and Enrique Seira). Current Version Feb. 2017.
Awarded 2015 Banamex Prize in Economics.
My summary in Spanish at Foco Economico.

-Abatement Expenditures, Technology Choice, and Environmental Performance: Evidence from Firm Responses to Import Competition in Mexico.
(joint with Emilio Gutierrez). Current Version April. 2017. Under revision for Journal of Development Economics.
Previously titled: "ImportCompetition, Technology and Environmental Performance: Evidence from Mexico".

-Did Trade Crisis Affect Different Exporters Differently? Case of Mexico
(joint with Rahul Giri and Enrique Seira). May. 2013.
ITAM CIE Working Paper 13-6.
reject and resubmit.

-Import Competition and Innovation at the Plant Level: Evidence from Mexico.
First version 2008. Current version 2010.

Selected Work in Progress:

-Chinese Competition, Labor Market Shock and the Mexican Drug War (joint with Melissa Dell and Benjamin Feigenberg)

Conference Organized

Kyoto Summer Workshop on Applied Economics (2012 program, 2013 program, 2014 program, 2015 program, 2016 program, 2017 program)

Academic Presentations


Osaka U, Kyoto U, U of Tokyo, Keio U, National Institute for Environment Studies (Japan), Gakushuin University, JETRO-IDE, Kobe University, NBER Summer Institute (Urban Economics), NBER Japan project meeting.


University of Southern California, PacDev, LACEA-TIGN. JETRO-IDE. Hitotsubashi U, Tohoku U.


AEA, World Bank ABCDE, ThRed.


RMET, LACEA-TIGN, CEA, Econometric Society North American Summer Meeting, Kyoto U, U of Tokyo, Tohoku U, NEUDC.


Banco de Mexico, Econometric Society North American Summer Meeting, Kyoto University, Producutivity and Economic Growth Conference, Firm Dynamics Conference, RECODE, NEUDC.


AEA, Pacific Development Economics Conference, Midwest Trade Meeting (Spring), GCOE conference on Macroeconomics for Young Economists, NEUDC.


Midwest Trade Meeting (Spring), IZA/World Bank Conference on Employment and Development, EARIE, Colorado at Boulder, Banco de Mexico and University of Guanajuato.


Econometric Society World Congress, NEUDC.


Carnegie-Mellon University, IMT Institute at Lucca, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (HEID), ITAM, The University of Tokyo, JETRO-IDE, University of Tsukuba

Comparative Analysis Enterprise Data (CAED) Conference, Keio University, Midwest International Economics Groups Meeting, Empirical Investigations in International Trade (EIIT) Conference, Kyoto University

Tohoku University

Professional Service

Referee for Canadian Journal of Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, World Bank Economic Review and World Development.

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