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Yamaura Koichi

Affiliation Institute of Agriculture
Division Division of International Environmental and Agricultural Science
Research field International Agricultural Development, International Agricultural Trade, Agricultural and Food Industrial Organization
Keyword(S) Food Insecurity, Competition, Market Power
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Research experience

・2009.08-2009.12: Session Leader for Kansas Income Tax Institute.
・2010.01-2010.05: Part-time Lecturer, Kansas State University
・2012.07-2013.11: Postdoctoral Fellow, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Sophia University
・2013.04-2013.09: Part-time Lecturer, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Sophia University
・2013.12-Present: Assistant Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

Educational background

・Department of Economics, Toyo University. B.A., Economics, 2004.
・Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University. M.S., Agricultural Economics, 2008.
・Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University. PhD in Economics with an emphasis in Agricultural Economics, 2012.

Awards

・GAMMA SIGMA DELTA: the Honor Society of Agriculture, 2007

Selected papers and publications

・Yamaura, K., "The preferential trade agreements in U.S. green tea trade.", Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics 3(13): 638-644(2011).
・Yamaura, K., "Market Power of the Japanese Non-GM Soybean Import Market: the U.S. Exporters vs. Japanese Importers.", Asian Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development 1(2): 80-89(2011).
・Thompson, A. and K. Yamaura., "Opa! Did EU Entry Contribute to the Greek Crisis?", The Modern Economy 4(10): 659-661(2013).
・Washida, T., K. Yamaura* and S. Sakaue., "Computable General Equilibrium Analyses of Global Economic Impacts and Adaptation for Climate Change: A Case of Tropical Cyclones.", International Journal of Global Warming (accepted) (2013).
・Yamaura, K., "Market Power of the Japanese Soybean Import Market: GMO, Non-GMO, and Vertically Differentiated Products.", The Japanese Journal of Rural Economics (accepted)(2014).

Research Description

Vulnerability analysis to food insecurity including child malnutrition, undernourishment in population, cereal production, per capita daily kilocalorie consumption, HIV/AIDS, market liberty, governance factors, environmental factors, and access to clean water remains urgent problems after substantial economic growth in many developing countries during the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries. International agricultural development is designed to provide an overview of important through on the agricultural and rural economic development processes as well as insight into the microeconomics of behavior in agricultural farmers, merchants, markets and institutions through empirical approach. International agricultural trade emphasizes the significance and implications of government policies for trade on food and agricultural markets and foreign direct investment, and of international institutions, such as the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, that assist multi-national efforts by Japan and other countries to move toward more open agricultural trade using empirical methods. Agricultural and food industrial organization focuses on competitive issues in the agricultural and food industry including perfect and imperfect competition, market power by firms, strategic firm behavior, price discrimination, the role of government competitive policy, and agricultural industrialization, and how firms interact in different markets and to measure empirically such interactions.

My research focuses on international trade, market structure and competition, product differentiation, and marketing in food and agricultural industries. I have also consulting experience for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations on issues of African food insecurity risk, for the Kansas Soybean Commission on issues of international soybean market, and for the Ministry of the Environment (Kankyo-sho), Government of Japan on issues of economic impacts of global warming.

About TUAT's tenure-track program

Young faculties are given various benefits including start-up budgets, reduction of the administrative tasks, her own research space and arranged mentor, etc. by TUAT’s tenure-track program. Therefore, this is a great opportunity for young faculties. Besides, the tenure-track screening is fair.

Future aspirations

I always regard myself as an economist and an economics teacher simultaneously. I believe teaching applied economics and research economic issues are complementary. As economist, I am enjoying the process of identifying economic effects. Research is an integral part of my academic experience and career goals. In this five-year tenure-track term, I will not only write papers but also enjoy this opportunity for making bases for both researcher and teacher!