Yuzuru Kumon

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616



University of California, Davis Ph.D. in Economics Expected 2019
University of Tokyo M.A. in Economics 2013
Keio University B.A. in Economics 2011

Research Fields

Economic History, Development Economics

Working Papers

Job Market Paper

How Equality Created Poverty: Japanese Wealth Distribution and Living Standards 1600-1870

Other Papers

Wages and Incomes in Japan versus Europe, 1600-1870

The Deep Roots of Inequality

Explaining Inequality: Wealth Mobility, Inheritance, and Extinction in Rural Japan 1694-1872

Works In Progress

The Benefit of Shocks? Risk and Living Standards in Early Modern Japan, 1600-1868


2019: Pacific Conference for Development Economics, University of Southern California; The Annual Cliometrics Conference, Paper Session
2018: Oxford Graduate Student Seminar; Warwick Economic History Workshop; LSE Graduate Student Seminar; All UC Graduate Student Workshop Hitotsubashi University, Economic Development Workshop; University of Tokyo, Economic History Seminar; The Annual Cliometrics Conference, Graduate Student Session
2017: Economic History Association Annual Meeting 2017, Poster Session; Hitotsubashi University, Family and Living Standards in Tokugawa Japan; Association for Asian Studies, New Frontiers in Asian Economic History;
2016: All-UC Economic History Conference, One Hundred Flowers;

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant at University of California, Davis

Undergraduate Courses: Economic History, Game Theory, Intermediate Econometrics, Intermediate Microeconomics
Graduate Courses: Cross Section Econometrics, Econometric Foundations, Microeconomics

Honors and Awards

Economic History Association, Sokoloff Fellowship 2018-2019
Economics Department Research Support Award 2018-2019
UC Davis, Dissertation Improvement Support Award 2017-2018
All-UC Group in Economic History, Graduate Student Fellowship 2017-2018
UC Davis, Non-Resident Tuition Fellowship Fall 2016
Japan Student Services Organization, Long Term Foreign Studies Award 2013-2016

Other Skills

Languages: Japanese (native), English (native), German (basic)


Gregory Clark (Chair):
Department of Economics
University of California, Davis

Michael R. Carter:
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of California, Davis

Christopher M. Meissner
Department of Economics
University of California, Davis

Peter H. Lindert:
Department of Economics
University of California, Davis