YAMAMOTO Yumiko (Economics)

Educational background

University of Utah (USA), Ph.D. (Economics)

Key words for education

Economics, gender equality, unpaid work, international development, international trade policy

Sample courses

Development Economics, Japanese Economy and Gender

Features of my courses

The study of economics can improve our lives, but what are the criteria to determine our lives have improved? From whose viewpoint do we examine theory and policy? There is more than one view of the economy. Before joining Okayama University, I worked in a number of Asian developing countries as a policy specialist on gender and macroeconomics. Understanding the country or region’s economy as well as its history, religions, culture, and politics, among others, is a must to incorporate the voices of vulnerable populations in policy recommendations. Based on my experience, I try to offer an interdisciplinary approach to learning and consider multiple perspectives in each class. I also organize short fieldtrips in Okayama that are relevant to the courses to highlight the significance of studying at Okayama University.

Key words for research

Care economy, gender and development, international trade and labor, economic policy

Key publications and conference presentations

  • 2018 “Chapter 4: Recognizing, Reducing and Redistributing Unpaid Care and Domestic Work for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development,” in Asian Development Bank (ADB) and UN Women (eds.) Gender Equality and the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific: Baseline and pathways for transformative change by 2030, pp. 90-102. Bangkok: ADB and UN Women.
  • 2016 Trade Winds of Change: Women Entrepreneurs on the Rise in South Asia. Bangkok: UNDP, 67p.
  • 2016 “Chapter 2: Gender Equality and Women’s Rights to Poverty Reduction, a Livelihood, and Full and Equal Participation in the Economy (co-authored with Uzma Hoque and Yamini Mishra),” Gender Equality and Women’s Rights in Myanmar: A Situation Analysis. Manila: ADB, UNDP, UNFPA and UN Women, pp. 29-84.
  • 2012 Human Development Impact Assessment of Trade Policy: A Toolkit (co-authored with Cecilia Oh). Bangkok: UNDP, 66p.
  • 2007 “The Textile and Clothing Industry: Adjusting to the Post-Quota World (co-authored with Ratnakar Adhikari)” in Industrial Development for the 21st Century: Sustainable Development Perspectives. NY: United Nations Press, pp. 183-224.

What I like about Discovery

When I studied in the United States, I liked the system of studying various subjects in the first year or two before choosing a major. The Discovery Program allows students to do the same while studying in Japan. Students create their own learning program while studying with students and faculty of all backgrounds in English and Japanese. I appreciate the fact that I can learn something new every day from my conversations with the Discovery students and faculty. My experiences here have taught me new ways of thinking.