Shinsuke Tanaka

Assistant Professor of Economics

  • PhD, Economics, Boston University
  • BA, Liberal Arts, Soka University of America
  • MA, International and Development Economics, Yale University


Shinsuke Tanaka is Assistant Professor of Economics. His research interests are in the fields of health economics and environmental economics, with a focus in developing countries. Broadly, he is interested in the interactions between environmental issues, human capital development, and economic activities, and how the interactions relate to economic development in low-income countries. His current work investigates the effect of environmental regulations in China on air pollution and infant mortality; the effect of environmental regulations on industrial activities in China; the impact of abolishing user fees from healthcare on child health status in South Africa, and its long-term effect on schooling; and long-term impact of early childhood exposure to heat in the United States. He has a PhD in Economics from Boston University, a M.A. in international and development economics from Yale University, and a B.A. in liberal arts from Soka University of America.

  • Center for International Environment and Resource Policy
  • Water: Systems, Science and Society

Research Interests
  • Development Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Policy Evaluation


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