OTSUKA, Keijiro

Position Professor Emeritus; Lecturer
Degree Ph.D. (Economics), University of Chicago
Specialty Development Economics
Current Research Interests (1)Cluster-Based Industrial Development, (2)Green Revolution, and (3)Land Reform, in Both Asia and Africa.
  • Professional Career

1979 Post-doctoral fellow at the Economic Growth Center, Yale University
1980 Instructor of economics, Tokyo Metropolitan University
1981 Associate professor of economics, Tokyo Metropolitan University
1991 Professor of economics, Tokyo Metropolitan University
1986 -1989 Visiting scientist of International Rice Research Institute, Philippines
1993 -1998 Visiting research fellow of International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC
2001 Professorial Fellow at the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development
2003 Program Director, Fasid Joint Graduate Program, Professor of GRIPS
2010 Professor of GRIPS

2014 Senior Professor of GRIPS

2011-2012 Lead Researcher, World Bank


  • Selected publications

Comparative Technology Choice in Development: The Indian and Japanese Cotton Textile Industries. London: Macmillan Press, 1988 (with Gustav Ranis and Gary Saxonhouse).

The Economics of Contract Choice: An Agrarian Perspective. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993 (with Yujiro Hayami).

Modern Rice Technology and Income Distribution in Asia. Boulder, Col.: Lynne Rienner, 1994 (edited with Cristina C. David).

Industrial Reform in China: Past Performance and Future Prospects. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998 (with Deqiang Liu and Naoki Murakami). [Translated into Chinese and published by the Shanghai United Press and People's Press of Shanghai in 2000].

Land Tenure and Natural Resource Management: A Comparative Study of Agrarian Communities in Asia and Africa. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001 (edited with Frank Place).

Land and Schooling: Transferring Wealth across Generations. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004 (with Agnes R. Quisumbing and Jonna P. Estudillo).

Cluster-Based Industrial Development: An East Asian Model. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006 (with Tetsushi Sonobe).

Contributions ofAgricultural Economics to Critical Policy Issues, Proceedings of 26th Conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2007 (edited with Kaliappa Kalirajan).

Agriculture in Developing Countries: Technology Issues. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2008 (edited with Kaliappa Kalirajan).

The Emergence of Land Markets in Africa: Assessing the Impacts on Poverty, Equity, and Efficiency. Baltimore, MD: Resources for the Future, 2009 (edited with Stein T. Holden and Frank Place).

Rural Poverty and Income Dynamics in Asia and Africa. London, UK: Routledge, 2009 (edited with Jonna P. Estudillo and Yasuyuki Sawada).

Cluster-Based Industrial Development: A Comparative Study of Asia and Africa, Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011 (with Tetsushi Sonobe).

Community, Market, and State in Development: In Honor of Professor Yujiro Hayami. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011 (edited with Kaliappa Kalirajan).

Emerging Development of Agriculture in East Africa: Markets, Soil, and Innovations. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Springer, 2011 (edited with Takashi Yamano and Frank Place).

Can Economic Growth Be Sustained? The Collected Papers of Vernon W. Ruttan and Yujiro Hayami. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press,2011 (edited with C. Ford Runge).

Miraculous Growth and Stagnation: Lessons from the Experience of Postwar Japanese Economic Development. London, UK: Routledge, 2011 (edited with Koichi Hamada, Gustav Ranis, and Ken Togo).

An African Green Revolution in Large-Scale Irrigation Schemes in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dordrecht: Springer, forthcoming in 2012 (edited with Donald Larson)

Strategy for a Green Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa. Unpublished manuscript: World Bank (edited with Donald Larson).

“Induced Bias of Technical Change in Agriculture: The United States and Japan, 1880-1980.” Journal of Political Economy 94 (3), June 1986, pp. 523-44 (with Toshihiko Kawagoe and Yujiro Hayami).

“Land and Labor Contracts in Agrarian Economies: Theories and Facts.” Journal of Economic Literature 30 (4), December 1992, pp. 1965-2018 (with Hiroyuki Chuma and Yujiro Hayami).

“Population, Land Tenure, and Natural Resource Management: The Case of Customary Land Areas in Malawi.” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 41 (1), January 2001, pp. 13-32 (with Frank Place).

“The Determinants of Credit Access and Its Impacts on Micro and Small Enterprises: The Case of Garment Producers in Kenya.” Economic Development and Cultural Change 54 (4), July 2006, pp. 927-44 (with John E. Akoten and Yasuyuki Sawada).

“An Inquiry into the Transformation Process of Village-based Industrial Clusters: The Case of an Iron and Steel Cluster in Northern Vietnam,” Journal of Comparative Economics, 37(4), December 2009, pp. 568-81 (with Vu Hoang Nam and Tetsushi Sonobe).

“Fiscal Decentralization and Development Outcomes in India: An Exploratory Analysis.” World Development, August 2012, 40(8): 1511-21 (with Kaliappa Kalirajan).

“Assessing the Impact of Training on Lowland Rice Productivity in an African Setting:Evidence from Uganda." World Development, August 2012, 40(8): 1619-33 (with Yoko Kijima and Noriyuki Ito).


  • Social contributions and awards

1993 The Quality of Research Discovery Award by the American Agricultural Economics Association
1995 The Nikkei Outstanding Book Publication Award by the Japan Economic Journal (Nikkei Newspaper)
1999 The Best Journal Article Award by the Agricultural Economics Society of Japan
2004 Okita Policy Research Award by the National Institute for Research Advancement
2004 The Nikkei Outstanding Book Publication Award by the Japan Economic Journal (Nikkei Newspaper)
2010 Purple Ribbon Medal presented by the Government of Japan
Other notable activities
2002-2007 A member of the board of trustees (BOT) of the International Rice Research Institute(IRRI)
2004-2007 Chairman of BOT of IRRI
2008-2010 Senior Adviser to the Director General of IRRI

2003-2006 Vice President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE)
2006-2009 President-Elect of IAAE
2009-2012 President of IAAE

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