NIIMI Yoko
Faculty of Policy Studies Department of Policy Studies
Professor
Last Updated :2024/04/23

Researcher Profile and Settings

Research Interests

  • intergenerational transfers
  • wealth accumulation
  • Population aging
  • Caregiving
  • Subjective well-being
  • Inequality
  • Poverty

Research Areas

  • Humanities & social sciences / Economic policy

Research Experience

  • Doshisha University, Faculty of Policy Studies, Professor, 2019 - Today
  • Asian Growth Research Institute, Research Division, Research Associate Professor, 2014 - 2019
  • Asian Development Bank, Economist, 2008 - 2014
  • World Bank, Consultant, 2005 - 2008

Education

  • University of Sussex, Department of Economics (DPhil), - 2007
  • University of Sussex, Department of Economics (MA in International Economics), - 2002
  • Kobe University, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (MA in Economics), - 2000
  • University of Ediburgh, Department of Business Studies (Bcom in Business Studies), - 1997

Degree

  • D.Phil. in Economics, University of Sussex, UK

Association Memberships

  • International Association for Research in Income and Wealth
  • Econometric Society
  • Japanese Economic Association
  • American Economic Association
  • Population Association of America
  • Japanese Association for Development Economics
  • East Asian Economic Association

Published Papers

  • 世代間資産移転税制と家計行動
    Yoko Niimi
    フィナンシャル・レビュー, (151) 132 - 153, Jan. 2023
  • Are Married Women Really Wealthier Than Unmarried Women? Evidence From Japan
    Yoko Niimi
    Demography, 59(2) 461 - 483, Apr. 2022, Scientific journal
  • Juggling Paid Work and Elderly Care Provision in Japan: Does a Flexible Work Environment Help Family Caregivers Cope?
    Yoko Niimi
    Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, 62, Dec. 2021, Scientific journal
  • 住宅ローンの供給拡大の是非を問う
    Charles Yuji Horioka; Yoko Niimi
    季刊 住宅土地経済, (2020年秋季号) 20 - 27, Oct. 2020, Scientific journal
  • Was the Expansion of Housing Credit in Japan Good or Bad?
    Charles Yuji Horioka; Yoko Niimi
    Japan and the World Economy, 53, Mar. 2020, Scientific journal
  • The Impact of a Failed Coup d’état on Happiness, Life Satisfaction, and Trust: The Case of the Plot in Turkey on July 15, 2016
    K. Ali Akkemik; Gercek Cicek; Charles Yuji Horioka; Yoko Niimi
    Applied Economics Letters, 27(16) 1371 - 1375, 2020, Scientific journal
  • The Effect of the Recent Inheritance Tax Reform on Bequest Behaviour in Japan
    Yoko Niimi
    Fiscal Studies, 40(1) 45 - 70, Mar. 2019, Scientific journal
  • The Wealth Decumulation Behavior of the Retired Elderly in Japan: Relative Importance of Precautionary Saving and Bequest Motives
    Yoko Niimi; Charles Yuji Horioka
    Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, 51 52 - 63, Mar. 2019, Scientific journal
  • Does Providing Informal Elderly Care Hasten Retirement? Evidence from Japan
    Yoko Niimi
    Review of Development Economics, 22(3) 1039 - 1062, Aug. 2018, Scientific journal
  • The Impact of Intergenerational Transfers on Wealth Inequality in Japan and the United States
    Yoko Niimi; Charles Yuji Horioka
    World Economy, 41(8) 2042 - 2066, Aug. 2018, Scientific journal
  • 高齢者介護の負担:家族介護者の睡眠への影響に焦点をあてて
    Yoko Niimi
    季刊 個人金融, 22 - 33, May 2018, Scientific journal
  • What Affects Happiness Inequality? Evidence from Japan
    Yoko Niimi
    Journal of Happiness Studies, 19(2) 521 - 543, 01 Feb. 2018, Scientific journal
  • Do Borrowing Constraints Matter for Intergenerational Educational Mobility? Evidence from Japan
    Yoko Niimi
    Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, 23(4) 628 - 656, 2018, Scientific journal
  • An Empirical Analysis of the Saving Behavior of Elderly Households in Japan
    Charles Yuji Horioka; Yoko Niimi
    Economic Analysis, (196) 29 - 47, Dec. 2017, Scientific journal
  • Does everyone exhibit loss aversion? Evidence from a panel quantile regression analysis of subjective well-being in Japan
    Zheng Fang; Yoko Niimi
    Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, 46 79 - 90, Dec. 2017, Scientific journal
  • 家族が抱える高齢者介護の負担ー現状と課題ー
    Yoko Niimi
    東アジアのへ視点, 28(1) 11 - 23, Jun. 2017, Research institution
  • The "Costs" of informal care: an analysis of the impact of elderly care on caregivers' subjective well-being in Japan
    Yoko Niimi
    Review of Economics of the Household, 14(4) 779 - 810, Dec. 2016, Scientific journal
  • 1人当たりGDP vs. 幸福度-人々の生活の質をどう把握するべきか―
    Yoko Niimi
    東アジアへの視点, 26(2) 1 - 12, Jun. 2015, Research institution
  • Gender Differences in Remittance Behavior: Evidence from Vietnam
    Yoko Niimi; Barry Reilly
    Singapore Economic Review, 56(2) 215 - 237, Jun. 2011, Scientific journal
  • Remittances and the Brain Drain: Skilled Migrants Do Remit Less
    Yoko Niimi; Caglar Ozden; Maurice Schiff
    Annals of Economics and Statistics, 97/98 123 - 141, 2010, Scientific journal
  • Determinants of Remittances: Recent Evidence Using Data on Internal Migrants in Vietnam
    Yoko Niimi; Thai Hung Pham; Barry Reilly
    Asian Economic Journal, 23(1) 19 - 39, Mar. 2009, Scientific journal
  • Do Regional Trade Pacts Benefit the Poor? An Illustration from Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement in Nicaragua
    Maurizio Bussolo; Yoko Niimi
    World Development, 37(1) 146 - 160, Jan. 2009, Scientific journal
  • Trade Liberalisation and Poverty Dynamics in Vietnam
    Yoko Niimi; Puja Vasudeva-Dutta; L. Alan Winters
    Journal of Economic Integration, 22(4) 819 - 851, Dec. 2007, Scientific journal
  • Storm in a Rice Bowl: Rice Reform and Poverty in Vietnam in the 1990s
    Yoko Niimi; Puja Vasudeva-Dutta; L. Alan Winters
    Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, 9(2) 170 - 190, 2004, Scientific journal

Books etc

  • "Elderly Poverty and Its Measurement" in Silber, J. (ed) Research Handbook on Measuring Poverty and Deprivation
    Yoko Niimi and Charles Yuji Horioka
    Edward Elger Publishing, Mar. 2023, Contributor
  • "Household Debt and Aging in Japan," in Mitchell, O. S. and A. Lusardi (eds) Remaking Retirement: Debt in an Aging Economy
    Charles Yuji Horioka; Yoko Niimi
    Oxford University Press, 2020, Contributor
  • “Financial Literacy, Incentives, and Innovation to Deal with Population Aging,” in Asian Development Bank Institute (ed) Aging Societies: Policies and Perspectives
    Charles Yuji Horioka; Yoko Niimi
    Asian Development Bank Institute, 2019, Contributor
  • "Inclusive Growth and the Quality of Life," in Asian Development Bank and Asian Development Bank Institute (eds) ASEAN, PRC, and India: The Great Transformation (Chapter 3)
    Juzhong Zhuang; Yoko Niimi; Jesus Felipe
    Asian Development Bank Institute, 2014, Contributor
  • "Critical Constraints to Reducing Poverty and Inequality," in Hill, H., M. E. Khan, and J. Zhuang (eds) Diagnosing the Indonesian Economy Toward Inclusive and Green Growth (Chapter 4)
    Yoko Niimi; Kazutoshi Chatani
    Anthem and Asian Development Bank, 2012, Contributor
  • "Poverty and Inequality in Nepal: An Empirical Analysis," in Zhuang, J (ed) Poverty, Inequality, and Inclusive Growth in Asia: Measurement, Policy Issues, and Country Studies (Chapter 10)
    Yoko Niimi
    Anthem Press and Asian Development Bank, 2010, Contributor
  • "Gender Equality and Inclusive Growth in Asia," in Zhuang, J. (ed) Poverty, Inequality, and Inclusive Growth in Asia: Measurement, Policy Issues, and Country Studies (Chapter 4)
    Yoko Niimi
    Anthem Press and Asian Development Bank, 2010, Contributor
  • "Migration and Remittances in Latin America: Patterns and Determinants," in Fajnzylber, P. and H. Lopez (eds) Remittances and Development: Lessons from Latin America (Chapter 3)
    Yoko Niimi; Caglar Ozden
    World Bank, 2008, Contributor
  • "Linking Trade Liberalisation and Poverty: An Illustration from Vietnam in the 1990s," in Bussolo, M. and J. Round (eds) in Globalisation and Poverty: Channels and Policy Responses (Chapter 2)
    Yoko Niimi; Puja Vasudeva-Dutta; L. Alan Winters
    Routledge, 2006, Contributor

Presentations

  • The 18th East Asian Economic Association International Conference
    Oct. 2023
  • Singapore Economic Review Conference
    Aug. 2022
  • IARIW (International Association for Research in Income and Wealth) 36th General Conference
    Aug. 2021
  • PAA (Population Association of America) 2021 Annual Meeting
    May 2021
  • Virtual Workshop on the Economic Impacts of Demographic Transition: Cases of Asia and Europe
    Oct. 2020
  • The International Conference on Changing Family Life in East Asia
    Sep. 2020
  • 6th International workshop on the Socio-Economics of Ageing
    Oct. 2019
  • Singapore Economic Review Conference
    Aug. 2019
  • 18th Panel Conference
    Dec. 2018
  • EAEA (East Asian Economic Association) 16th International Convention
    Oct. 2018
  • IARIW (International Association for Research in Income and Wealth) 35th General Conference
    Aug. 2018
  • Econometric Society Australasian Meeting
    Jun. 2018
  • 2nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Economics of the Household
    May 2018
  • Equity in Education 2017
    Nov. 2017
  • Singapore Economic Review Conference
    Aug. 2017
  • 92nd Annual Conference of the Western Economic Association International
    Jun. 2017
  • First Annual Meeting of the Society of Economics of the Household
    Jun. 2017
  • 2017 Asian Meeting of the Econometric Society
    Jun. 2017
  • 15th International Conference on Pensions, Insurance and Savings
    May 2017
  • EAEA (East Asian Economic Association) 15th International Convention
    Nov. 2016
  • IARIW (International Association for Research in Income and Wealth) 34th General Conference
    Aug. 2016
  • 11th Biennial Conference of the Asian Consumer and Family Economics Association
    Jun. 2016
  • Economics, Health and Happiness
    Jan. 2016
  • 15th Panel Conference
    Dec. 2015
  • Kadir Has University Department of Economics Symposium
    Dec. 2015
  • 2015 IAREP-SABE Joint Conference
    Sep. 2015
  • Singapore Economic Review Conference
    Aug. 2015
  • Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) 27th Annual Conference
    Jul. 2015

Research Projects

  • Why Is Socioeconomic Status Transmitted across Generations? With Emphasis on the Role of Intergenerational Transfers
    C Y.Horioka; 柴田 章久; 宇南山 卓; 照山 博司; 新見 陽子
    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, 2023/04 -2028/03, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B), Kobe University
  • Interdisciplinary Investigation of Syrian Refugees' Generation of Social Capital in Turkey
    AKKEMIK KUCUKALI; 新見 陽子; Fuentes・Cordoba Gabriel; C Y.Horioka; 庄司 匡宏
    During the first six months of the project, the principal investigator worked in coordination with the counterpart researchers in Turkey and the researchers in Japan. In the original work plan, we foresaw desk study, data collection, and discussion on the conceptual framework during the first six months. These targets have been achieved. The principal investigator has worked in collaboration with the corresponding team in Turkey and discussed related issues about the status and recent developments regarding the refugees in Turkey. We also discussed how to approach the policymakers and the relevant organizations for the fieldwork. The principal investigator and the Japanese researchers also exchanged ideas about the related literature on social capital, immigrants and refugees. We also discussed about how to prepare for the survey research. Overall, the main research achievement of the first six months of the project was the preparations for the conceptual and empirical framework of the project. We have collected academic papers and policy briefs as well as reports by various organizations regarding the refugees and policies in Turkey. We have especially collected information from the official reports of the government (in Turkish language) about the refugees and the recent developments and changes in the government’s policies towards refugees. These will serve as background sources for our upcoming fieldwork., Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, 2021/10 -2025/03, Fund for the Promotion of Joint International Research (Fostering Joint International Research (B)), Yamaguchi University
  • Intergenerational Interrelationships: An Analysis of Bequests, Long-term Care & Labour Supply, and Consumption & Saving
    McKenzie Colin; 暮石 渉; 新見 陽子; 若林 緑; 梶谷 真也; C Y.Horioka; 濱秋 純哉
    A.遺産動機:ホリオカは、VenturaとSurvey of Italian Households'Income and Wealth のデータを用いて、退職後の高齢者の資産蓄積行動について計量的な分析を行った。この論文はReview of Economics of the Householdに掲載された。Gahramanov、 Hayat、 Tangと「くらしの好みと満足度についてのアンケート調査」のデータを用いて、親の遺産動機が親の労働供給・退職行動に与える影響に関する理論的・実証的分析を行い、この論文を海外雑誌に投稿し、結果待ちである。濱秋は、日本の高齢者の資産取り崩しを説明するモデルの構築を行い、モデルのパラメータを変化させた場合の消費・貯蓄行動の変化を確認した。 B.選好と選好変化:暮石・若林は、Paule-Paludkiewicz, Tsujiyamaと「日本家計パネル調査」と「くらしの好みと満足度についてのアンケート調査」を用いて、ライフサイクルにおける時間選好について研究を行い、論文(Time preferences over the life cycle)をSAFE Working Paperとして出版した。 C.介護と労働供給・離職・出産:梶谷、マッケンジーは研究協力者の坂田と,介護をすることは世帯の貯蓄にどのような影響を与えるかを調べ、海外雑誌に投稿し、修正要求が届いた。中高年者の家計内生産活動と就業行動との関係を分析するために、「中高年者縦断調査」の調査票情報を利用する必要な手続きを行った.新見は、労働政策研究・研修機構が実施した「家族の介護と就業に関する調査」のデータを用いた分析を基に論文の執筆や国際学会での報告、英文雑誌への投稿を行った。 D.因果関係:マッケンジーは、Brodersen et al.の因果関係確認手法について既存研究をサーベイした。, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, 2020/04 -2025/03, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B), Keio University
  • Empirical Analysis of the Transmission of Intergenerational Transfers and Socioeconomic Status and Inequality
    C Y.Horioka; 新見 陽子
    最近世界中で大きな話題になっている格差問題について論じる際、ある一時点において社会経済的地位の格差がどれだけあるかは言うまでもなく非常に重要であるが、世代間における社会経済的地位の相関がどれだけ高く、社会経済的地位の格差がどの程度代々継承されるかも同じくらい重要であり、研究に値する。なぜならば、スタート時点において人々が平等であることが望ましく、スタート時点においてすでに大きな社会経済的地位の格差があることは望ましくないからである。これまでの研究では、世代間における社会経済的地位の相関が強く、社会経済的地位が代々継承される傾向にあることが示されている。しかし、親から子への世代間移転(親から子への教育投資や遺産、生前贈与など)が、世代間の社会経済的地位および格差の継承にどの程度貢献しているのかは明確にされていない。そのため、本研究の目的は、親から子への様々な形の世代間移転が、世代間の社会経済的地位の継承、またそれに伴う格差の継承にどの程度貢献しているのかを、日本などからの個票データを分析することによって明らかにし、格差を軽減するための政策提言を行うことである。本研究の貢献は、(1)世代間の社会経済的地位および格差の継承における世代間移転の役割について検証している点、(2)親から子への移転を網羅的に捉え、様々な形の世代間移転を考慮している点、(3)国際比較を行っている点、(4)経済学的な観点から分析を行っている点である。当該年度においては、本研究の目的・研究計画に沿った複数の研究を平行して進め、多くの研究成果を挙げ、近年急増している住宅ローンの家計の資産蓄積行動に与える影響などに関する大変興味深い分析結果を数々得た。詳細については、下記の「現在までの進捗状況」および「今後の研究の推進方策」を参照されたい。, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, 2018/04 -2023/03, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B), Kobe University
  • The Successes and Failures of Japan's Social Policies: What Can Asia Learn?
    Horioka Charles Yuji; ZHOU Yanfei
    The purpose of this research was to analyze what lessons the countries of Asia can learn from the successes and failures of social policy in Japan when implementing and improving their own social policies. More specifically, we conducted a theoretical and empirical analysis of the economic impacts of the social policies that Japan pursued in each of seven areas (public pensions, long-term care, medical care, poverty and inequality, education, migration and housing, and local public finance), determined what lessons the countries of Asia can learn from Japan’s successes and failures in each of these areas, and based on our research findings, made recommendations to the countries of Asia concerning their social policies., Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, 2015/04 -2018/03, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), Asian Growth Research Institute