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Professor,Graduate school of Economics, Hitotsubashi University


Reo Takaku is a professor in the Graduate School of Economics. His main academic interest is in health economics and economics of the household. He holds a BA and a MA from Keio University and a PhD in the Business and Commerce from the same university. After working for the Japan Center for Economic Research as a researcher and the Institute for Health Economics and Policy as a senior researcher, he joined Hitotsubashi University in 2019. In the field of health economics, he investigates several issues including the impact evaluation of cost-sharing policies and the quantitative analysis of political intervention on local health policy. His researches intend to apply quasi-experimental methods in micro-econometrics to the data and institutional setting in Japan, with the accurate understanding of policy and political context.

【Selected Publications】
  • Takaku, R., & Yokoyama, I. (2022). “The Financial Health of “Swing Hospitals” during the First COVID-19 Outbreak.” Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, 101218.
  • Takaku, R., Yokoyama, I., Tabuchi, T. et al. (2022) “SARS-CoV-2 suppression and early closure of bars and restaurants: a longitudinal natural experiment.” Sci Rep 12, 12623.
  • Takaku, R., Yokoyama, I.(2021) “What the COVID-19 school closure left in its wake: Evidence from a regression discontinuity analysis in Japan,” Journal of Public Economics, 195,
  • Takaku, R. and Bessho, S. (2018)“Political Cycles in Physician Employment: A Case of Japanese Local Public Hospitals,” Social Science & Medicine, 216, 97-106, 2018.
  • Takaku, R. (2018) “First Daughter Effects in Japan,” Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, 50, 48-59.

Detailed profile (HRI: Hitotsubashi Researchers Information)