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Satoru Shimokawa


IEMS Research Areas


My research has focused on microeconomic and statistical analysis of food-, health- and poverty-related issues in developing and transition economies with a particular emphasis on China. Some research questions addressed by my research include: Whose nutritional status is more influenced by food price subsidies and increasing household income? How can providing information and improving knowledge be any more effective at letting consumers to make healthier choices? What are the socioeconomic consequences of undernutrition and obesity? These concerns are of particular importance in overcoming the global obesity epidemic as well as the persistent undernutrition. 


  • Shimokawa, Satoru. (2013) “When Does Dietary Knowledge Matter to Obesity and Overweight Prevention?” Food Policy, 38(1): 35-46.

  • Shimokawa, Satoru. (2010) “Asymmetric Intra-household Allocation of Calories in China.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 92(3): 873-888.

  • Shimokawa, Satoru. (2010) “Nutrient Intake of the Poor and Its Implications for the Nutritional Effect of Cereal Price Subsidies: Evidence from China.” World Development, 38(7): 1001-1011.

  • Shimokawa, Satoru, Hung-Hao Chang, and Per Pinstrup-Andersen. (2009) “Understanding the Differences in Obesity among Working Adults between Taiwan and China.” Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 18(1): 88-95.

  • Pinstrup-Andersen, Per and Satoru Shimokawa. (2008) “Do Poverty and Poor Health and Nutrition Increase the Risk of Armed Conflict Onset?” Food Policy, 33(6): 513-520.

  • Shimokawa, Satoru. (2008) “The Labor Market Impact of Body Weight in China: A Semiparametric Analysis.” Applied Economics, 40(8): 949-968.

  • Pinstrup-Andersen, Per, and Satoru Shimokawa. (2007) “Rural Infrastructure and Agricultural Development.” In F. Bourguignon and B. Pleskovic (Eds.) Rethinking Infrastructure for Development (Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics), p175-204, The World Bank.