Research/Areas of Interest:

Development Economics; Environmental Economics; Global Health; Applied Econometrics; Policy Evaluation


  • Ph.D., Economics, Boston University
  • M.A., International and Development Economics, Yale University
  • B.A., Liberal Arts, Soka University of America


Shinsuke Tanaka is an assistant professor of economics at the Fletcher School and has a courtesy appointment as an assistant professor at the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at the School of Medicine, Tufts University. His research interests are in the fields of environmental economics and health economics, with a focus in developing countries. Broadly, he is interested in the interactions between environmental policies, public health, and economic activities, and their implications for economic development in low-income countries. His recent work focuses on the effects of environmental pollution on child and adult health; evaluations of environmental policies regulating pollution emissions or automobile fuel economy; valuation of environmental risk; and child and maternal health policies. He has a Ph.D. 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.

Areas of expertise

Economic Development
International Environment & Energy

Other Affiliations

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

Courses taught

Selected Publications and Presentations

Tanaka, Shinsuke. 2020. “When Tax Incentives Drive Illicit Behavior: The Manipulation of Fuel Economy in the Automobile Industry,” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 104 (November).

Tanaka, Shinsuke and Jeffrey Zabel. 2018. “Valuing Nuclear Energy Risk: Evidence from the Impact of the Fukushima Crisis on U.S. House Prices,” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 88 (March): 411-426.

Ito, Takahiro, and Shinsuke Tanaka. 2018. “Abolishing User Fees, Fertility Choice, and Educational Attainment.” Journal of Development Economics,130 (January): 33-44.

Tanaka, Shinsuke. 2015. “Environmental Regulations on Air Pollution in China and Their Impact on Infant Mortality.” Journal of Health Economics, 42(July): 90-103.

Tanaka, Shinsuke. 2014. “Does Abolishing User Fees Lead to Improved Health Status? Evidence from Post-Apartheid South Africa.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 6(3): 282-312.