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Associate Professor,Graduate school of Economics, Hitotsubashi University


Reo Takaku is an associate 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.

【Recent Publications】
    • Takaku, R. and I. Yokoyama, “What the COVID-19 school closure left in its wake: Evidence from a regression discontinuity analysis in Japan,” Journal of Public Economics, 195, 2021.
    • Takaku, R., “Reversal pattern of health inequality: New evidence from a large-scale national survey in Japan,” Health Policy, 124, 11, 2020.
    • Takaku, R., “How is increased selectivity of medical school admissions associated with physicians’ career choice? A Japanese experience,” BMC Human Resources for Health, 18, 38, 2020.
    • Higashi, H., R. Takaku, A. Yamaoka, A. K. Lefor, and T. Shiga, "The Dedicated Emergency Physician Model of emergency care is associated with reduced pre-hospital transportation time: A retrospective study with a nationwide database in Japan," PLOS ONE, 14(4): e0215231, 2019. ""
    • Takaku, R. and A. Yamaoka, “Payment Methods and Hospital Length of Stay: A Bunching-based Evidence,” International Journal of Health Economics and Management, 19(1), 53–77, 2019.
    • Takaku, R., “The Wall for Mothers with First Graders: Availability of Afterschool Childcare and Continuity of Maternal Labor Supply in Japan,” Review of Economics of the Household, 17(1), 177–199, 2019.
    • Takaku, R. and S. Bessho, “Political Cycles in Physician Employment: A Case of Japanese Local Public Hospitals,” Social Science & Medicine, 216, 97-106, 2018.
    • Takaku, R., “First Daughter Effects in Japan,” Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, 50, 48-59, 2018.
    • Takaku, R. and S. Bessho, “Do Benefits in Kind or Refunds Affect Health Service Utilization and Health Outcomes? A Natural Experiment from Japan,” Health Policy, 121(5), 534-542, 2017.
    • Takaku, R., “Effect of Patient Cost-Sharing on Health Care Utilization among Low-Income Children,” Hitotsubashi Journal of Economics, 58(1), 69-88, 2017.
    • Ando, M. and R. Takaku, “Affordable False Teeth: The Effects of Patient Cost-sharing on Denture Utilization and Subjective Chewing Ability,” The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (Contributions), 16(3), 1387-1438, 2016.
    • Takaku, R., “Effects of Reduced Cost-Sharing on Children's Health: Evidence from Japan,” Social Science & Medicine, 151, 46-55, 2016.
    • Takaku, R., S. Bessho, S. Nishimura, and N. Ikegami, “Fiscal Disparities among Social Health Insurance Programs in Japan,” in Ikegami, N. (ed.), Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development: Lessons from Japan, World Bank Publications, 2014.
    Detailed profile (HRI: Hitotsubashi Researchers Information)