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									University of Tsukuba
   Doctoral Program in Economics
   Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
   1-1-1 Tennodai
   Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8571
   Japan

                                                                                              Curriculum Vitae
                                                                                              Last Updated: 1/26/10

                                            YOSHINORI KUROKAWA

Personal Data
Home Address                                              Telephone Numbers
4-1 Azuma, 209-602                                        Cell:           +81-90-6163-4012
Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0031                                 Office & Fax:   +81-29-853-7426
                                                          E-mail:         kurokawa@dpipe.tsukuba.ac.jp
Citizenship: Japan                                        URL:            www.dpipe.tsukuba.ac.jp/~kurokawa

Major Fields of Concentration
International Trade, Industrial Organization, Economic Growth and Development, Macroeconomics

Employment
2009-Present         Assistant Professor, Doctoral Program in Economics, Graduate School of Humanities and Social
                     Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.
2010-Present         Adjunct Researcher, The Mitsubishi Economic Research Institute (MERI), Tokyo, Japan.
2007-2009            Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, State University of New York at Buffalo,
                     Buffalo, New York.
2002-2007            Teaching Assistant/Instructor, Department of Economics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis,
                     Minnesota.
2001-2002            Research Associate, Department of Economics, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.

Education
Degree                Field                       Institution                                  Year
M.A./Ph.D.            Economics                   University of Minnesota                      2002-2007
M.A.                  Economics                   Keio University (Japan)                      1999-2001
B.A.                  Economics                   Keio University (Japan)                      1995-1999

Dissertation
Title: “Essays on Trade and Inequality”
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Timothy J. Kehoe
Completion: July 2007

Honors and Awards
2008        Professional Development Award (Research Grant), New York State/United University Professions,
            State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York.
2007        Research Travel Award, Department of Economics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
2006        Best Graduate Student Paper Award for “Trade and Variety-Skill Complementarity,” MVEA 43rd
            Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
2006-2007 Distinguished Instructor Award (Twice), Department of Economics, University of Minnesota,
            Minneapolis, Minnesota.
2005-2006 Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award (Twice), Department of Economics, University of Minnesota,
            Minneapolis, Minnesota.
2002-2003 Graduate School Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1999-2000 Koizumi Foundation Scholarship, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.
1999        Distinguished Graduation Award, Department of Economics, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.
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Teaching Experience
2009-Present Instructor, Doctoral Program in Economics, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences,
              University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.
              Taught International Trade I (graduate) and Japanese Economy (undergraduate).
2007-2009     Instructor, Department of Economics, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York.
              Taught Econometrics I (graduate), Topics in Microeconomics (graduate), and Economics of East Asia
              (undergraduate/graduate).
2006-2007     Instructor, Department of Economics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
              Taught The Japanese Economy (undergraduate).
2004-2006     Teaching Assistant (Recitation Leader), Department of Economics, University of Minnesota,
              Minneapolis, Minnesota.
              Led recitation sections for Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics.
2002-2004     Teaching Assistant (Grader), Department of Economics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis,
              Minnesota.
1999-2002     Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.
              Led recitation sections for Principles of Macroeconomics and International Trade (undergraduate).

Research Experience
2004-2007     Visiting Scholar, Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Minneapolis,
              Minnesota.

Working Papers
“Variety-Skill Complementarity: A Simple Resolution of the Trade-Wage Inequality Anomaly,” revise and resubmit
    (2nd round). (Earlier titles: “Variety-Skill Complementarity Hypothesis,” “Trade and Variety-Skill
    Complementarity.”)
“Variety Trade and Skill Premium in a Calibrated General Equilibrium Model: The Case of Mexico,” with Manoj
    Atolia, under revision.
“Is a Skill Intensity Reversal a Mere Theoretical Curiosum? Evidence from the U.S. and Mexico,” submitted.
    (Earlier title: “Skill Intensity Reversal and the Rising Skill Premium: Evidence from the U.S. and Mexico.”)
“Fixed Cost, Number of Firms, and Skill Premium: An Alternative Source for Rising Wage Inequality,” submitted.

Work in Progress
“A Simple Model of Within-Group Wage Inequality and International Trade,” with Manoj Atolia, in progress.
“Exchange Rate and Wage Inequality,” with Jiaren Pang, in progress.

Professional Affiliations
American Economic Association, IEFS Japan, Japanese Economic Association, Royal Economic Society

Professional Activities
Session Chair at
   MVEA 44th Annual Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri, October 2007;
   Far East and South Asia Meeting of the Econometric Society, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, August 2009.
Discussant for
   Hisaya Kitaoka, “Have U.S. Tariff Reductions Hurt Unskilled Workers? The Case of the U.S. Tariffs on Canada
       and Mexico during 1974-2004,” MVEA 44th Annual Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri, October 2007;
   Joshua J. Lewer and Richard T. Gretz, “Immigration Gravitas: Explaining European Immigration Patterns with the
       Gravity Model,” MVEA 44th Annual Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri, October 2007;
   Benjamin R. Mandel, “Determinants of the Quality Margin in Trade,” Midwest Economics Association 72nd
       Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, March 2008;
   Tetsuya Kuratani, “Peace and International Trade,” The 68th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of International
       Economics, Tokyo, Japan, October 2009;
   Sugata Marjit, “International Trade and Local Outsourcing,” The 4th Keio/Kyoto International Conference on
       Market Quality Economics, Kyoto, Japan, December 2009.
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Referee for
   Economics Bulletin, International Economic Journal, International Economic Review, International Journal of
   Economic Theory.

Presentations
“Variety-Skill Complementarity: A Simple Resolution of the Trade-Wage Inequality Anomaly,” presented at
    International Economics Workshop, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, June 2005;
    MVEA 43rd Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 2006;
    Seminar, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minnesota, December 2006;
    Seminar, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, January 2007;
    Seminar, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California, February 2007;
    Seminar, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, March 2007;
    Midwest Economics Association 71st Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 2007;
    Midwest International Economics Meetings, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 2007;
    Japanese Economic Association Annual Spring Meeting, Osaka Gakuin University, Osaka, Japan, June 2007;
    Seminar, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, June 2007;
    Seminar, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, January 2008;
    Midwest Macro Meetings, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 2008;
    Seminar, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan, July 2008.
“Is a Skill Intensity Reversal a Mere Theoretical Curiosum? Evidence from the U.S. and Mexico,” presented at
    International Economics Workshop, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, June 2006;
    MVEA 44th Annual Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri, October 2007;
    Midwest Economics Association 72nd Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, March 2008;
    Midwest International Economics Meetings, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, May
    2008;
    Japanese Economic Association Annual Fall Meeting, Senshu University, Kanagawa, Japan, October 2009.
“Variety Trade and Skill Premium in a Calibrated General Equilibrium Model: The Case of Mexico,” presented at
    Seminar, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, January 2009;
    Seminar, University of Tsukuba (Economics), Ibaraki, Japan, February 2009;
    Seminar, Temple University (Japan Campus), Tokyo, Japan, February 2009;
    Seminar, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, February 2009;
    Midwest International Economics Meetings, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, May 2009;
    Japanese Economic Association Annual Spring Meeting, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, June 2009;
    Seminar, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, June 2009;
    Far East and South Asia Meeting of the Econometric Society, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, August 2009;
    Seminar, University of Tsukuba (Institute of Policy and Planning Sciences), Ibaraki, Japan, September 2009.

References
Professor Timothy J. Kehoe
Department of Economics, University of Minnesota
(612) 625-1589, tkehoe@umn.edu

Professor Michele Boldrin
Department of Economics, Washington University in St. Louis
(314) 935-5636, mboldrin@artsci.wustl.edu

Professor Winston Chang
Department of Economics, State University of New York at Buffalo
(716) 645-2121x443, ecowwc@buffalo.edu

Professor Terry Roe
Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota
(612) 625-6760, troe@umn.edu
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                                          Yoshinori Kurokawa
    My interest in economics dates back to my days in primary school in Minnesota, where my family was
staying while my father worked in an American company for one year. At that time I developed a strong
interest in the relationship between the U.S. and Japan, in particular, the economic relationship between these
two countries. They were facing some economic conflicts such as trade conflicts at that time. It seemed only
logical that I start pursuing a career in economics after I went back to Japan.

    When I began my four-year undergraduate career in the Department of Economics at Keio University in
Japan, I had the opportunity to be exposed to the full range of economics courses, all of which tended to
reinforce and solidify my intense interest in economics. In the realm of economics, I developed a special
interest in the field of international economics, and I even joined a seminar in international economics during
my third and fourth years. The seminar gave me the opportunity to study a number of subjects in
international economics, and studying these subjects were both enjoyable and enlightening, thus providing
me with a new and different perspective on the world in which we live as well as a better understanding of
the trade conflicts between the U.S. and Japan.

    Devoting myself to economics led me to enter the Master’s Program in Economics at Keio University. I
completed the core courses such as macro and microeconomics, and end up writing my master thesis on
international trade and industrial organization. I then strongly felt like enhancing my basic skills more and
writing my thesis on the level demanded by the Ph.D. Program. This led me to come back to Minnesota and
enter the Economics Ph.D. Program at the University of Minnesota. During that time I was writing a draft of
my doctoral thesis under the supervision of my advisor and other faculty members. During this process, I
found my favorite research style: I like to simplify models as much as possible or apply traditional
well-known models to some current problems which new models cannot resolve.

    In July 2007, I completed my doctoral thesis and earned my Ph.D. degree. This thesis provides a much
simpler explanation for a contemporary problem in the world economy on the basis of a model of
international trade consistent with available empirical evidence. My current plan is to keep working at an
academic institution such as a university. There I will continue to write papers which can make the greatest
contributions to economics, utilizing my background in Japan and research experience in Minnesota and
Buffalo.

								
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