Associate Professor
Meng Zhao(Konishi)

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Globalization has been reshaping the world economy and the pace of it continues to increase. As a key member of the international economic community, Japan is being increasingly influenced by forces that transcend borders. A significant one is her close neighbor, China. My courses will guide you to explore the fundamental economic structure and key issues of modern Chinese economy, which will help you prepare well for the opportunities and challenges to be faced in the global business world tomorrow.


Basic Seminar Ⅰ
Basic Seminar Ⅱ
Introduction to the Chinese Economy
Economic Analysis of Chinese Society
Modern Chinese Economy
China's Economic Sustainability and Social Issues
Advanced Seminar Ⅰ
Advanced Seminar Ⅱ
Graduation Thesis

Fields of Specialization

  • Chinese Economy
  • Health Economics
  • Economics of Education
  • Development Economics
  • Applied Economics


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  • 2016
    Associate Professor, the Faculty of International Social Sciences, Gakushuin University
  • 2013
    Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, The University of Tokyo (-2016)
  • 2010
    Assistant Professor, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University (-2013)
  • 2010
    Ph.D. in Applied Economics, University of Minnesota
  • 2010
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, Williams College, U.S.
  • 2009
    Adjunct Professor, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, U.S.
  • 2008
    Research Assistant, International Food Policy Research Institute, U.S.
  • 2007
    Research Assistant, Minnesota Population Center, U.S.
  • 2005
    Consultant, World Bank, Washington D.C., U.S. (-2006)
  • 2002
    B.A. in Economics, Wuhan University, China

Major Publications

  • Paul Glewwe, Albert Park, and Meng Zhao, (2015) "A Better Vision for Development: Eyeglasses and Academic Performance in Rural Primary Schools in China", forthcoming in Journal of Development Economics
  • Meng Zhao, Yoshifumi Konishi and Paul Glewwe, (2013) "Does Information on Health Status Lead to a Healthier Lifestyle? Evidence from China on the Effect of Hypertension Diagnosis on Food Consumption", Journal of Health Economics 32(2), p367-385
  • Meng Zhao, Yoshifumi Konishi and Paul Glewwe, (2012) "Does Smoking Affect Schooling? Evidence from Teenagers in Rural China", Journal of Health Economics 31(4), p585-599
  • Meng Zhao and Paul Glewwe, (2010) "What Determines Basic School Attainment in Developing Countries? Evidence from Rural China", Economics of Education Review 29(3) , p451-460
  • Paul Glewwe and Meng Zhao, (2006) "Attaining Universal Primary Completion by 2015: An Evaluation of Cost Estimates", IN: Educating All Children: A Global Agenda, edited by Joel E. Cohen, David E. Bloom and Martin B. Malin. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press


  • Principal Investigator, Grants-in-Aid for Young Scholars B,  April 2011- March 2013
  • Principal Investigator, Grants-in-Aid for Young Scholars B,  April 2013- March 2016