Masanori Takashima


Current position

Assistant ProfessorSchool of EconomicsKwansei Gakuin University
関西学院大学 経済学部専任講師

CV (reseachmap)

Academic employment

2019-present: Assistant Professor, School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University2017-2019: Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science / Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo2014-2017: Researcher, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University2013-2014: Research fellow, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University2011-2013: COE Research fellow, Hitotsubashi University2008-2011: COE Researcher, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University2003-2008: Archivist, Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, Bank of Japan

Teaching experience

2018: Lecturer, Musashi University, Undergraduate (Comparative Economics)2018: Lecturer, Tokai University, Undergraduate (Economic History)2015: Lecturer, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, Undergraduate (Japanese Economic History)2003: Teaching Assistant, Osaka University, Undergraduate (Japanese Medieval History)


2011-2014: Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of Economics, Ph.D. in Economics (2016)2002-2006: Osaka University, Graduate School of Letters2000-2002: Osaka City University, Graduate School of Letters, M.A. in Letters (2002)1993-1997: Ritsumeikan University, College of Letters, B.A. in Letters (1997)

Research interests

Long-run Japanese economic growth from the ancient to the modern period as well as estimating various economic factors, such as population, production, wages and prices.Comparative economic development.Archives and historical database during and before the early modern period in Japan.
I am Masanori Takashima, an assintant professor, school of Economics at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan.
I graduated in History from Ritsumeikan University in 1997 (B.A.) and Osaka City University in 2002 (M.A.). I was an archivist at the Bank of Japan during 2003-2008. Although originally I trained as historian and archivist, my current research interest is quantitative economic history. After moving to Hitotsubashi University in 2008, I encountered economics and statistics. I started to explore another approach of historical study based on my previous background, and then I decided to enter a Graduate School of Economics at Hitotsubashi University.
My Ph.D. thesis considers very long-run Japanese economic development from the ancient to the modern period by estimating various economic factors, such as population, production, wages and prices. I defended my Ph.D. thesis in economics in October 2016 at Hitotsubashi University under the supervision of Yukinobu Kitamura, Chiaki Moriguchi, Osamu Saito, Kyoji Fukao, and Masahiro Sato. After getting the Ph.D, I worked at the University of Tokyo as a JSPS fellow between 2017 and 2019.
From April 2019, I started my new career at Kwansei Gakuin University, and now I am making explorations of Japanese economic history.