Aya Suzuki / Lecturer / Division of Environmental Studies
Department of International Studies / / Development Economics, Agricultural Economics

Career Summary
1997: Bachelor of Arts, Waseda University
2002: Master of International Development Studies, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
2008: Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis
2008-2011: Faculty Fellow, Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development
2008-2012: Assistant Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
2012-Present: Lecturer, Department of International Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo
Educational Activities
Graduate school: Applied Econometrics, Development Economics
Research Activities
My main research interest is determining how developing countries can reduce poverty levels. Creating employment opportunities and developing industries is crucial, and therefore I study agricultural and industrial development. I mainly conduct empirical research using micro-level data with a focus on a particular industry. Current research topics include:

(1) The export pineapple industry in Ghana, (2) the cut flower industry in Kenya and Ethiopia, (3) the impact evaluation of managerial training in Vietnam, and (4) the export frozen fish/shrimp industry in Vietnam.
1) Suzuki, Jarvis, and Sexton. "Partial Vertical Integration, Risk Shifting, and Product Rejection in the High-value Export Supply Chain: The Ghana Pineapple Sector." World Development Vol. 39 No. 9 (2011):1611-1623.

2) Mano, Yamano, Suzuki, and Matsumoto. "Local Personal Networks in Employment and the Development of Labor Markets: Evidence from the Cut Flower Industry in Ethiopia." World Development Vol. 39 No. 10 (2011): 1760-1770.

3) Sonobe, Suzuki, and Otsuka. "Volume IV: KAIZEN for Managerial Skills Improvement in Small and Medium Enterprises" in Light Manufacturing in Africa: Targeted Policies to Enhance Private Investment and Create Jobs. edited by Dinh, Palmade, Chandra, and Cossar. The World Bank, Washington DC: 2012.
Other Activities
Agricultural and Applied Economics Association
Japanese Economic Association
Future Plan
I plan to continue studying the effect of the food quality/safety standards of importing countries on the producers in developing countries.
Messages to Students
The most valuable thing I learned in graduate school was how to think objectively and critically. I hope that students will use their time to train themselves and develop their human capital, which will be useful for their own future as well as for society at large.