Kensuke Teshima

Assistant Professor

Centro de Investigación Económica

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

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Published/Forthcoming Papers:

          (joint with Estefania Santacreu-Vasut). Journal of Development Economics  Volume 122, Pages 92-112, September. 2016.

    • Previously 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).
    • One sentence summary: Foreign employees are an important channel for technology transfer in MNCs, and the effectiveness of them depends on domestic legal institutions in a subtle way.

         (joint with Emilio Gutierrez). Journal of Development Economics Volume 133, Pages 264-274, July. 2018.

    • Previously titled: "Import Competition, Technology and Environmental Performance: Evidence from Mexico".
    • My essay on this work at Foco Economico (in Spanish).
    • One sentence summary: Trade could affect the environment via firms' technology choice, which may not be discernable in abatement data.

Working Papers:

          (joint with Melissa Dell and Benjamin Feigenberg).

         (joint with Yoichi Sugita and Enrique Seira)
          (joint with Kentaro Nakajima)
    • Presented at NBER Summer Institute 2017 (Urban Economics).

  • Pollution Offshoring and Infant Health: The Case of Battery Recycling.

         (joint with Shinsuke Tanaka and Eric Verhoogen)

    • Earlier version titled "Offshoring Health Risks: The Impact of the U.S. Lead Regulation on Infant Health in Mexico".
    • Earlier version presented at NBER Summer Institute 2016 (Environment and Energy Economics Egg-timer). 
    • Updated draft coming soon.

  • Import Competition and Innovation at the Plant Level: Evidence from Mexico. 
    • First version 2008. Current version 2014. Currently being revised and new version coming soon.

Other Papers (Notes, Policy papers):

         (joint with Rahul Giri and Enrique Seira).


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.

Conference Organized

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

Academic Presentations

2018 (including scheduled)

Columbia University Japan Economic Seminar, Health, Development and Labor Workshop (Hitotsubashi), JETRO-IDE.


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


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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