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Yuka TAKEDA Last modified date:2021.06.11

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Academic Degree
PhD in Economics
Field of Specialization
Applied Economics. Economics of Transition. Russian Economy (labor market, poverty, inequality). Development Economics.
Outline Activities
1. An empirical study on poverty and inequality in transitional Russia

2. An empirical study on the labor market in transitional Russia

3. An empirical study on welfare in Central Asia
Research Interests
  • An empirical analysis of inequality in health and living standards in Russia
    keyword : well-being. health. inequality. social policy. Russia.
  • Inequality of subjective/objective well-being in transitional Russia
    keyword : welfare. inequality. labor. social policy. households. micro data. Russia.
  • Labor problems and poverty in Central Asia
    keyword : employment. unemployment. poverty. social policy. Central Asia.
  • Causality between nonstandard/informal labor and poverty/ inequality in Russia
    keyword : nonstandard employment. informal labor. poverty. inequality. micro data. Russia.
  • Non pro-poor growth in Russia
    keyword : non pro-poor growth. poverty. regional inequality. Russia.
  • Comparison of urban and rural poverty dynamics in transitional Russia
    keyword : poverty dynamics. labor. microeconometirc approach. urban households. rural households. Russia.
Current and Past Project
  • A econometric approach to inequality of health and living standards in Russia
  • An empirical analysis of the inequality of subjective/objective well-being in transitional Russia
  • An empirical analysis of Russian poverty and inequality from the perspective of nonstandard employment and informal labor
  • An empirical analysis of non pro-poor growth in Russia
  • An empirical analysis of urban and rural poverty dynamics in transitional Russia
  • A comprehensive analysis of population in Russia
  • A comprehensive analysis of fertility in Russia
  • Potentiality and limits of Russian Far East re-development:
  • Population crisis, labor shortage and economic growth in Russia: in search for change in Russian labor market
Academic Activities
1. Yuka TAKEDA, “Measurement methodology of the subsistence minimum in Kazakhstan and its problems”, in ILO, ed., The Methodologies of the Subsistence Minimum Determination in Kazakhstan: the Ways and Approaches to Improve., ILO, pp. 14–25., 2012.10, [URL].
1. Yuka TAKEDA, Equivalence scales for measuring poverty in transitional Russia: Engel's food share method and the subjective economic well-being method, APPLIED ECONOMICS LETTERS, 10.1080/13504850701748925, 17, 4, 351-355, 2010.03, This study estimates the equivalence scales for measuring poverty in transitional Russia using the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey data of 1994 and 2002, i.e. before and after the 1998 economic crisis. To examine the robustness and plausibility of the two estimates, we compared the estimate results in both the periods. For constructing the equivalence scales, the costs of children and additional adults are estimated. Further, in order to investigate the most plausible equivalence scales for measuring poverty, the following two methods are employed for the estimations: Engel's food share method (Engel method) and the subjective economic well-being method (SW method). The estimation results show that the equivalence scales for a child, obtained from the Engel and SW methods, could be similar; however, the results for an additional adult are very different. It reveals that poverty evaluation is highly underestimated when the SW method is used. In conclusion, although the Engel method has a theoretical flaw, it might be more plausible than the SW method in the context of poverty evaluation for transitional Russia..
1. Yuka Takeda, "Impact of public assistance on poverty reduction in Russia: targeting and social contract", The 15th bi-annual Conference of EACES, 2018.09.
2. Yuka Takeda, ”Is Russia’s social policy effectively targeting poverty?", the 13th WEAI Conference (Western Economics Association International Conference), 2017.01, During the transition from a planned economy to a market economy, Russia experienced a sudden rise in poverty. Despite the requirement of an effective social security policy at the outset of the transition, Russia’s Social Assistant Act was enacted only in 1999, when economic growth began. This study examines the characteristics of poverty in Russia and its changes before and after economic growth, using microdata from the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey in 1994-2013. The empirical results show that working-age households with one or more children comprise the majority of poor in Russia. In addition, although the unem-ployed have never been the dominant population of poor in Russia, their poverty risk was and is high, both before and after economic growth. However, existing social security legislation, such as the Social Assistant Act, is designed to assist pensioners and veterans, reflecting the privileges (l’goty) of the Soviet period. This study concludes that Russia’s social security policy fails in targeting poverty and is ineffective, although some recent progress has been made, such as the introduction of social contracts..
Membership in Academic Society
  • Western Economic Association International (WEAI)
  • European Association for Comparative Economic Studies
  • Japan Association for Comparative Economic Studies
  • The Japanese Association for Russian and East European Studies
  • The 28th Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize (for her book "Economic Analysis of Poverty in Transitional Russia: A Microeconometric Approach)
  • Prize for the outstanding research by a young researcher from JACES (Japan Association for Comparative Economic Studies)
Educational Activities
Main courses taught: Principles of Economics. Kikan-Education Seminar. Interdisciplinary Collaborative Learning of Social Issues. Development Economics.
Professional and Outreach Activities
- ILO Consultant to improve the estimation of poverty lines in Kazakhstan
- A member of the committee of the Japan Institute of Foreign Affairs for the study on Russian political system and its effect on foreign policy.