Position: Associate Professor
MAIL: machi [at] cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Labor Economics and Industrial Development
Labor, organization, globalization, urbanization, and agglomeration
My main research areas are in labor economics and industrial development— workers, firms, product upgrading, trade, cross-border migration, matching, and cities in developing economies. To get a better and deeper understanding about the process of economic development, my research covers: (1) building relationship specificity, firm-to-firm matching with technology transfers, and acquisitions of managerial capabilities along the local and global production chains; (2) micro empirics and aggregate patterns of firm growth and urban labor markets in developing economies including Japanese historical experiences in the late 19th century. A number of my papers have been focused on firm growth and product/process upgrading with a special emphasis on production chains in Southeast Asia. Recently I am also working on economics of traffic accidents and among other topics to explore improving mobility in developing economies.
Personal page with his CV and papers is here.
His working and published papers are also in his personal page.
- WORKING PAPERS/PAPERS UNDER REVIEW
- Broker versus Social Networks in Adverse Working Conditions: Cross-Sectional Evidence from Cambodian Migrants in Thailand, (with Yutaka Arimoto, Kenmei Tsubota), IDE Discussion Paper, No. 686, Jan 2018.
- Forced Labour and Risk Factors for Inferior Working Conditions in Thai Fishing Sector, (with Yutaka Arimoto, Kenmei Tsubota), IDE Discussion Paper, No. 685, Jan 2018.
- The Consequence of Educational Reform on Youth Employment: Evidence from an Enrollment Increase in Vocational Training in Ethiopia, (with Takahiro Fukunishi), IDE Discussion Paper, No. 678, Nov 2017.
- Vocational Education and Employment Outcomes in Ethiopia: Displacement Effects in Local Labor Markets, (with Takahiro Fukunishi), IDE Discussion Paper, No. 678, Nov 2017.
- Market Access, Technology, and Plant Lifecycles: A Natural Experiment from Japan’s Opening to Trade in 1859, (with Tetsuji Okazaki), The University of Tokyo, CIRJE-F-1068, Oct 2017.
- A Model of Temporary and Permanent Jobs and TradeTemporary Jobs and Globalization, (with Hitoshi Sato), IDE Discussion Paper, No. 585, Mar 2016. (Previous: RIETI Discussion Paper 11-E-029. Policy Brief in Japanese.)
- The Effect of Extended Unemployment Benefit on the Job Finding Hazards: A Quasi-Experiment in Japan, (with Miki Kohara and Masaru Sasaki), IZA Discussion Paper, No.7559, Aug 2013.
- PUBLISHED JOURNAL ARTICLES
- Industrial Upgrading with Resource Allocation Toward External Information Sources, (with Masatsugu Tsuji and Yasushi Ueki), International Journal of Technology and Globalization, (2017), 8(2): 141-168.
- Technology Transfer in ASEAN Countries: Some Evidence from Buyer-Provided Training Network Data, (with Fukunari Kimura and Yasushi Ueki), Economic Change and Restructuring, (2016), 49(2–3):195–219.
- Does Kaizen Create Backward Knowledge Transfer to Southeast Asian Firms?, (with Masatsugu Tsuji and Yasushi Ueki), Journal of Business Research, (2016), 69(5): 1556-1561.
- Measuring and Explaining Innovative Capability: Evidence from Southeast Asia, (with Yasushi Ueki), Asian Economic Policy Review, (2015), 10(1): 152-173.
- South-South Technology Transfer to Laos through Face-to-Face Contacts, (with Xaysomphet Norasingh and Yasushi Ueki), Journal of Business Research, (2015), 68(7): 1420–1425.
- Measuring Search Frictions using Japanese Micro Data, (with Masaru Sasaki and Miki Kohara), Japanese Economic Review, (2013), 64(4): 431–451.
- Is Longer Unemployment Rewarded with Longer Job Tenure?, (with Miki Kohara and Masaru Sasaki), Journal of Japanese and International Economies, (2013), 29: 44–56.
- How Export and Import Platforms Drive Industry Upgrading: Five Facts about Emerging Multinationals, (with Masami Ishida and Yasushi Ueki), Asian Journal of Technology Innovation, (2013), 21(S1): 4-24.
- Knowledge Transfer Channel to Vietnam for Process Improvement, (with Yasushi Ueki), Management Decision, (2013), 51(5): 954-972.
- Interactive Learning-driven Innovation in Upstream-Downstream Relations, (with Yasushi Ueki), International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, (2012), 5(4): 346-366.
- The Causes of Geographic Extent of Global Supply Chain: Evidence from Southeast Asia, (with Yasushi Ueki), Asian Pacific Economic Literature, (2012), 26(2): 72-87.
- Impacts of Incoming Knowledge on Product Innovation: Evidence from Technology Transfer of Auto-related Industries, (with Yasushi Ueki), Asian Journal of Technology Innovation, (2012), 20: 9-27.
- Globalization and Productivity: A Survey of Firm‐Level Analysis, (with Kazunobu Hayakawa and Fukunari Kimura), Journal of Economic Surveys, (2012), 26(2): 332-350.
- The Impacts of Face-to-face and Frequent Interactions on Innovation: Upstream-Downstream Relations, (with Yasushi Ueki), International Journal of Institution and Economies, (2011), 3(3): 519-548.
- Innovations in Linked and Non-Linked Firms: Effects of Variety of Linkages in East AsiaVoting for Highway Construction in Economic Geography, (with Ryusuke Ihara), Annals of Regional Science, (2007), 41(4): 951-966.
- Is Learning by Migrating to a Megalopolis Really Important? Evidence from Thailand, Kyoto Economic Review, (2006), 75(1): 35-61.
- A New Empirical Regularity in World Income Distribution Dynamics, 1960-2001, (with Roki Iwahashi), Economics Bulletin, (2004), 6(19): 1-9.
- CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
- “International Migration and Economic Integration” in East Asia in The Economics of East Asian Integration, Masahisa Fujita, Ikuo Kuroiwa and Satoru Kumagai (eds), Edward Elgar, 2011.
- “Industrial Clusters and Workplace Training to Expand Innovation Capability,” in From Agglomeration to Innovation, Akifumi Kuchiki and Masatsugu Tsuji (eds), Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
His ongoing projects are also in his personal page.
- Firm-to-firm matching with technology transfers: Evidence from Southeast Asia
- The rises of temporary and immigrant workers in local labor markets (This work is supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C) Grant Number 19K01710.)
- Vocational training and industrial development in Ethiopia (This is joint work with Takahiro Fukunishi. This work is supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) Grant Number 18H00857.)
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Short Bio: Tomohiro Machikita is a labor economist and associate professor of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University, Japan. His current research uses labor and organizational economics to understand complex problems in trade-off between traffic accidents and industrial development with a special emphasis on production chains. He has also combined insights from labor economics and trade/geography to study such as the rise of temporary workers, unemployment duration, migration, job matching, and vocational training. Prior to joining CSEAS in June 2019, He had been an economist of Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO), Japan since April 2006. He began his academic career at Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University. He received Nikkei Prize Best Economic Book of the Year with his four coauthors in 2009. He received his Doctorate from Kyoto University in 2007. His hobbies include hiking and reading.