Dr Katsushi Imai


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Katsushi is an Associate Professor in Development Economics at the Department of Economics, School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester, the UK. He joined the University of Manchester in Septermber 2004.  

Katsushi serves as a research lead of the Development Economics and Policy RAG and a programme director of MSc Development Economics and Policy. He graduated with BA (Econ) from Univ. of Tokyo in 1990, an MSc from LSE in 1997, and a DPhil (Econ) from Oxford in 2001. Since then Katsushi has taught at Oxford as a post-doctoral fellow at CSAE and Senior Associate Member (SAM) at St. Antony’s College, and at Royal Holloway, University of London as Lecturer in Economics, before joining Manchester in 2004. He regularly works for the IFAD, the UN as a consultant to assist its policy-making. 

Katsuhi specialises in applied econometric works on India and other Asian countries (e.g. China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Nepal). He has published widely on risk, vulnerability and poverty dynamics of households, non-income poverty – in particular child and adult nutrition – and evaluations of anti-poverty programmes in developing countries, such as the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) in India and microfinance programmes in South Asia.  He is also interested in the role of agriculture in rural areas – broadly defined to include agricultural transformation, productivity improvement and institutions – in reducing poverty and inequality in developing countries and how this contributes to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 1 and 2. 


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