I am a Professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo. Previously, I held the position of Chief Economist at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and served as the Director General of its Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD) from March 2017 to August 2021. My primary research areas encompass development economics, empirical microeconomics, economics of disasters, field surveys & experiments, and economic analysis of Asian countries. I have collaborated with various research and policy organizations, including JICA, RIETI, ERIA, IDE-JETRO, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), BRAC Bangladesh, and the World Bank. I earned my Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.

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Professor, Faculty 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:

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

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Research fields: Development Economics; Field Studies, Empirical Microeconomics, Economics of Disasters, Asian Economy

Current and past teaching fields: 

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


After getting BA from Keio University and two MA degrees in Japan (one in Economics from Osaka U; and the other in International Relations from U Tokyo), I obtained MA in International Development Policy (Food Research Institute) and PhD 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 served as a co-editor of Asian Development Review. and Japanese Economic Review previously.