Dhaka, Bangladesh

Yasuyuki Sawada

Chief Economist and Director General

Asian Development Bank

Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD)

(On leave) Professor, Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo

7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0033, Japan
<sawada at e dot u-tokyo dot ac dot jp>

Past Positions:

  • AJRC Research Associate, Australia-Japan Research Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
  • Visiting Researcher, JICA Research Institute 
  • Faculty of Fellow, Research Institute of Economy, Trade, and Industry (RIETI)

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, University of Tokyo, 1999-02 Associate Professor, Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo, 2002-2012

  • Visiting Fellow, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) 
  • Visiting Scholar, Bangladesh Institute for Development Studies (BIDS)
  • Member, Joint Research Project on a New Era of Japan-ROK Relations
  • Visiting Research Fellow, BRAC-RED (Research and Evaluation Division), Bangladesh.
  • Visiting Professor, SCID, Stanford University 
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, Korea University 
  • Part-time research positions:  World Bank, ERIA, CRED for UNISDR, IDE, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), IFPRI
  • Part-time research and committee positions in Japan: Cabinet Office, FASID, IDE, JBIC, JICA, METI, MOF, MOFA, MIC, JCER, IPSS
  • Part-time teaching positions: (English) GRIPS-FASID (PhD program), ICU, YNU for World Bank MA program, and Korea U; (Japanese) Osaka U, Kobe U, Hitotsubashi U, and U Tsukuba

Research fields: Development Economics; Field Experiments, Applied Micro-Econometrics, and Economics of Disasters

  • Micro-econometric investigations of individual, household, and firm behavior under riskChina, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan
  • Impacts of natural disasters on households and firms: Sichuan, Kobe, Chuetsu, & Tohoku earthquakes, Asian Tsunami disaster, Typhoon Milenyo in the Philippines, flood in Thailand, and Avian Influenza in Vietnam.  
  • Impacts of manmade disasters on households and firms: Financial crises in Japan and Korea. 
  • Impact evaluation of development policies: Education decentralization in Burkina Faso and distribution of mosquito nets (LLIN) in Madagascar
  • Field experiments: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Mongolia, Nepal, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka
  • Development macroeconomics: Economics of Official Development Assistance and numerical analysis of two-sector GE
  • Economic analysis of suicide in Japan. 

Current and past teaching fields: 

Development Economics, International Economics, International Finance, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Applied Micro-Econometrics, Human Development, Risks and Disasters in Asia


I completed my M.A. in International Development Policy (Food Research Institute) and Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University in 1996 and 1999, respectively.  I received 2013 Nikkei Book Prize, 2011 Ishikawa Prize of Japanese Economic Association, 2010 Kiyoshi Kojima Prize of the Japanese International Economic Association; 2009 Enjoji Jiro Prize of Nikkei Center (JCER); and 2007 Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize.  I am a co-editor of Asian Development Review.