Yuzuru Kumon


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Bocconi University Post-doctoral Researcher September 2019- July 2020
Hitotsubashi University Postdoctoral Researcher July-August 2019


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

Research Fields

Economic History, Labor Economics, 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: Economic History Association Annual Conference Dissertation Session, Pacific Conference for Development Economics (PACDEV), University of Southern California; The Annual Cliometrics Conference, Paper Session; Waseda University; Keio University; Kobe University; Osaka Univeristy; Hitotsubashi University; European Historical Economics Society conference (EHES), Paris
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

Alexander Gerschenkron Prize for best dissertation in non US or Canadian Economic History, Economic History Association 2019
Sokoloff Fellowship ($15,000), Economic History Association 2018-2019
Economics Department Research Support Award ($1500), UC Davis 2018-2019
UC Davis, Dissertation Improvement Support Award ($500), UC Davis 2017-2018
Graduate Student Fellowship ($3750), All-UC Group in Economic History 2017-2018
UC Davis, Non-Resident Tuition Fellowship, UC Davis Fall 2016
Long Term Foreign Studies Award, Japan Student Services Organization,2013-2016

Other Skills

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


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

Debin Ma:
Institute of Economic Research
Hitotsubashi University

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

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