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Fumihiko Suga Last modified date:2023.11.22

Associate Professor / Fields in Economic Analysis and Policy / Department of Economic Engineering / Faculty of Economics

1. 浦川邦夫、李文, The Gender Gap in the Returns From College Education in Japan: The Impact of Attending a High-Ranking College. , Social Science Japan Journal, 26, 61-75, 2023.05.
2. 浦川邦夫,李文, Are Social Norms Associated with Married Women’s Labor Force Participation? A Comparison of Japan and the United States, Journal of Family and Economic Issues,, 1-13, 2022.01, [URL], Although the social-economic status of women has improved worldwide, with several factors reducing gender differences in labor participation and income equality, a substantial gender gap persists. The goal of this study is to determine how the gender gap is associated with social norms. Specifically, within the context of gender roles, we examine the social norm that wives should not earn more than their husbands. We estimate a model that explains wives’ labor force participation in terms of the probability of wives earning more than their husbands by applying an estimation procedure that accounts for potential bias arising from self-selection into employment. Since the impact of social norms can vary in different cultural contexts, we compare the estimation results using datasets obtained from surveys conducted in Japan and the US—representing Eastern and Western cultures, respectively. Our results indicate that a 10 percentage point increase in the probability of wives earning more than their husbands is associated with an 8 percentage point decrease in their labor force participation rate in Japan, whereas the probability of wives earning more is not significant when the model is estimated using U.S. data. Thus, wives’ labor force participation decisions can be related to the social norm more closely in Japan than in the US, reflecting the different social status of women in these countries..
3. Takeshi Niizeki, Fumihiko Suga, The Impact of the Rise and Collapse of Japan’s Housing Price Bubble on Households’ Lifetime Utility, Journal of the Japanese and International Economies,, 2021.04.
4. Fumihiko Suga, The Returns to Postgraduate Education in Japan, The Japanese Economic Review,, 1-26, 2020.10, The number of graduate students in Japan has increased substantially over the past few decades. Figure 1, which presents the number of students enrolled in master's programs in private and public universities, illustrates this trend: graduate enrollment followed a steady upward trend from the 1970s until the first decade of the 21st century, although this trend has declined to a certain extent in recent years (reflecting overall population trends)..
5. Masahiro Hori, Koichiro Iwamoto, Takeshi Niizeki, Fumihiko Suga, Do the Rich Save More in Japan? Evidence Based on two Micro Data Sets for the 2000s, Japanese Economic Review,, 67, 4, 474-494, 2016.12.