Policy Analysis Program

Program in brief

Educates individuals to research and analyze real-world policy issues

  • Program Director: Professor Alistair Munro
  • Degrees Offered:
    • Ph.D. in Public Economics
    • Ph.D. in Development Economics
    • Ph.D. in International Economics
    • MA in Public Economics
    • MA in Development Economics
    • MA in International Economics
  • Scholarship(for International Students Only):
    • Japanese Government (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology [MEXT])
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Time Schedule
    • Program duration…5 years* (2-year master and 3-year doctoral courses)
    • Enrollment…October*
    • Graduation…September*
      *May vary according to student’s ability and academic background


The Policy Analysis Program (PA) is a program launched in 2008.  The program prepares individuals to conduct high level research and to analyze actual policy issues, both theoretically and empirically. To this end, the program requires students to engage in economics and econometrics coursework in the early stages.

Target Group

Those who hold a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree and are interested in pursuing a career as researcher and analyst of public economics, development economics, and/or international economics are welcome to apply.

Program Design

The study of advanced economics and econometrics methodology is compulsory. By studying specific economic theories and subjects related to policy analysis, students will develop the ability to handle various policy issues. In addition to lectures, there are seminar classes aimed at increasing research skills. Students are also provided with opportunities to consider various practical issues with those who are involved in actual policy formulation and analysis through daily interactions, lectures, tutorials, and workshops.


The coursework requirements are flexible to suit the abilities of students with differing academic backgrounds. The standard enrollment time is 5 years (2-year Master and 3-year doctoral courses), though the required coursework is expected to be completed within 2-3 years. For students with a relevant masters degree, a 3 year program is also available. Those without a strong background in economics are expected to first study basic subjects for the master’s course. All students must pass the qualifying examinations required for writing a doctoral thesis.


Policy Analysis Curriculum 2021/2022

(as of April 2022)
Category Course Name Instructor
I Required Courses Advanced Microeconomics I Yamazaki
Advanced Microeconomics II Yamazaki
Advanced Macroeconomics I Porapakkarm
Advanced Macroeconomics II Fujimoto
Advanced Econometrics I Litschig
Advanced Econometrics II Hayashi
Graduate Seminar I Litschig, Matsumoto, Yamazaki, Izumi
Graduate Seminar II Litschig, Matsumoto, Yamazaki, Izumi
Graduate Seminar III Litschig, Matsumoto, Yamazaki, Izumi
II Recommended Courses Advanced Microeconomics III Munro
Advanced Microeconomics IV TBA
Advanced Macroeconomics III Hayashi
Advanced Macroeconomics IV Hsu
Advanced Econometrics III TBA
Advanced Econometrics IV Leon-Gonzalez
III Elective Courses Introduction to Applied Econometrics Wie
Mathematics for Economic Analysis Munro
Computer Programming for Economics Porapakkarm
Graduate Seminar IV Litschig, Matsumoto, Yamazaki, Izumi
Graduate Seminar V Litschig, Matsumoto, Yamazaki, Izumi
Courses not listed in this table (with program director’s approval)  






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