The Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs

Research and Publications

By Faculty and Fellows

The following research papers and publications have been funded by the HCTIA.

Zap It to Me: The Short-Term Impacts of a Mobile Cash Transfer Program
Professor Jenny Aker, Assistant Professor of Development Economics

Voice Connectivity in Developed Countries
Professor Carolyn Gideon, Assistant Professor of International Communication and Technology Policy

States as Cyber-Defenders
Professor Michael J. Glennon, Professor of International Law

ABC, 123: The Impact of a Mobile Phone Literacy Program on Educational Outcomes
Prof. Jenny Aker, Assistant Professor of Development Economics

Universal Service: Sustaining Household Voice Communication in a Multi-Platform Environment
Prof. Carolyn Gideon, Assistant Professor of International Communication and Technology Policy


By Students




  • Elizabeth Yepsen. The Geography of Fiber Optics Infrastructure and GDP Growth: A Cross-Country Analysis



  • Jacqueline Deelstra
    Topic: Can Text Messages Fix East Africa’s Development Challenge?
  • Joshua Haynes
    Topic: Does deregulation / liberalization of African telecoms help the poor?
  • Jonathan R. Siegel
    Topic: The Diffusion of Off-Grid Solar Electricity in Rural Bangladesh
  • Aaron Strong
    Topic: Tackling Maritime Bunker Fuel Emissions: The Evolution of Global Climate Change Policy at the International maritime Organization


Collaboration with the Hitachi Research Institute

Global Competition for Talent: Employees’ Goals, Firms’ Strategies, and National Agendas

The aims of this Joint Research Project on Migration and Competitive Advantage in Human Capital are first to understand the motivation of the people whom we call “highly skilled mobile workers (HSMWs)”, or those with tertiary education who are able to migrate to utilize their expertise for work. What are the factors affecting their decisions to migrate? How does it differ in different ethnic groups? What other traits of migrants are significant in their decision to (or not to) migrate? What are their long-term career goals? Existing studies only partially answer these questions, and we hope to acquire deeper insights on them. The second aim is to investigate the recruiting and retention strategies of the companies that are successful in attracting HSMWs, thus winning the global competition for talent. Which companies have been successful? Where and how do they recruit? How do they avoid turnovers? Could other companies learn from the best practice? How do they choose between recruiting foreign nationals and foreign direct investment? How do they lobby their host countries in order to effect change in immigration policy, and how do the host countries of successful companies structure their immigration policies?

This is a collaborative research project between the Hitachi Center and the Hitachi Research Institute.