Associate Professor
Izumi Yamasaki

We need high intellectual abilities to tackle various issues in our global society. We should be able to analyze complicated issues based on data and grasp their essence. I hope students will acquire skills to have realistic and logical discussions by studying theories and methods in social sciences. Don't be afraid of making mistakes and keep on studying!


Basic Seminar Ⅰ
Basic Seminar Ⅱ
Introduction to International Development
Introduction to the African Economy
Economic Development
Education and Economic Development in Africa
Advanced Seminar Ⅰ
Advanced Seminar Ⅱ
Graduation Thesis

Fields of Specialization

  • African Area Studies
  • Economics of Education
  • Development Economics
  • Empirical Micro Research


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  • 2016
    Associate Professor, the Faculty of International Social Sciences, Gakushuin University
  • 2015
    Research Fellow, JICA Research Institute, Japan International Cooperation Agency (-2016)
  • 2013
    Lecturer, Kobe College (-2015)
  • 2012
    Assistant Professor, Wakayama University, Institution of Education and Student Support, Japan (-2015)
  • 2012
    Research Fellow, Kobe University, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Japan (-2013)
  • 2012
    Ph.D. Economics and Education & M. Phil. Economics and Education, Graduate School of Arts and Science/Teachers College, Columbia University, USA
  • 2011
    Consultant, The World Bank, South Asia Region, Human Development Sector, USA (-2012)
  • 2009
    Intern, UNICEF Tanzania Country Office, Basic Education and Life Skills Section, Tanzania
  • 2005
    M.A. International Studies, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University, Japan
  • 2004
    Consultant, The World Bank, Middle East and North Africa Region, Human Development Network, Education Sector, USA (-2007)
  • 2004
    Consultant, The World Bank, Human Development Network, Education Team
  • 2004
    Intern, The World Bank, Europe Central Asia Region, Private and Financial Sector, USA
  • 2002
    B.A. Liberal Arts, Department of English, Kyoto University of Education, Japan

Major Publications

  • Mizunoya, S., Mitra, S. & Yamasaki, I. (2018). Disability and school attendance in 15 low- and middle-income countries. World Development, 104, 388-403.
  • Yamasaki, I, Tharmmapornphilas, R., Takizawa, M. & Inui, T. (April, 2017). The effect of the Great East Japan Earthquake on the evacuees' unemployment and earnings. Tokyo Center for Economic Research (TCER) Paper No. E-112.
  • Mizunoya, S., Yamasaki, I., & Mitra, S. (2016). The disability gap in employment rates in a developing country context: New evidence from Vietnam. Economics Bulletin, 36(2), 771-777.
  • Nakamuro, M., Yamasaki, I., & Inui, T. (2014). What are the long-term effects of extracurricular sports activities for children and adolescents?: Evidence from Japan using a nationwide sample of twins. In Y. H. Lee & F. Rodney (Eds.), The sports business in the Pacific Rim (pp. 293-310). New York: Springer-Verlag.
  • Kakizawa, H., Hirao, T., Matsushige, H., Yamasaki, I., & Inui, T. (2014). The postgraduate wage premium: Estimating the age-wage profiles using 2007 Employment Status Survey (written in Japanese). Economic and Social Research Institute, Cabinet Office, ESRI Discussion Paper No. 310.
  • Yamasaki, I. (2013). The effect of parental involvement on student achievement in junior secondary school: Examining data from the Botswana TIMSS 2007. Journal of International Cooperation Studies, 21(1), 95-117.
  • Yamasaki., I. (2012). The effect of education on employment and earnings in the informal sector in South Africa. [Ph.D. dissertation at Columbia University]
  • Nakamuro, M. & Yamasaki, I. (2012). Return to education in the informal sector: An empirical study using South African Labor Force Survey (written in Japanese). Hikaku Kyouiku Gaku Kenkyu (Comparative Education), 44, 88-108.