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Year 2019  School Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies
Course Title
Agricultural and Food Economies in the Asia-Pacific Region (E)

Instructor GEMMA, Masahiko
Term/Day/Period summer term  othersothers
Category Group 2: International Relations Eligible Year 1st year and above Credits 2
Classroom 19-708 Campus waseda
Course Key 4001045265 Course Class Code 01
Main Language English
  Course Code ECNA661L
First Academic disciplines Economics
Second Academic disciplines Applied Economics
Third Academic disciplines Agricultural Economics / Environment Economics/Resource Economics
Level Level of Master Types of lesson Lecture

Syllabus Information

Latest Update:2019/01/31 18:17:17

Subtitle Agricultural and Food Economies in the Asia-Pacific Region
Course Outline

 Agriculture plays significant roles in economic development. The objectives of this course are to understand major issues of the agricultural and food economies in the Asia-Pacific region, to understand the roles of agriculture in economic development and to obtain tools to analyze agricultural policies and to learn the methodologies for utilizing microeconomics knowledge in economic analyses. We study the case of Japan and derive policy implications for economic development in developing and transition countries. Students are also asked to conduct two class projects. This experience of data analyses can be useful when the students conduct thesis studies. Skills in operating econometric programs are helpful, but not required. At least, familiarity with the use of Excel program is desired.

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Objectives The objectives of this course are to understand major issues of the agricultural and food economies in the Asia-Pacific region, to understand the roles of agriculture in economic development and to obtain tools to analyze agricultural policies and to learn the methodologies for utilizing microeconomics knowledge in economic analyses. We study the case of Japan and derive policy implications for economic development in developing and transition countries.
Course Schedule
1:
第1回
Detail explanation will be provided in the first class.

Challenge in Agricultural and Rural Development, and Food Economies in the World (RSPR)
2:
第2回
Agricultural Development in Japan 1 Historical Development with Quantitative Data, (Y) Chapters 2
3:
第3回
Agricultural Development in Japan 2 Roles of Institutions and the Government, (Y) Chapters 3
4:
第4回
Agricultural Development in Japan 3 Policy Implications to Development, (Y) Chapters 4, 5, 6 & 8
5:
第5回
Sources of Growth in Agriculture 1 Existing Studies and Data Requirement, (R) & (HR) (Chapters 5, 6 and 7) (A class project will be given.)
6:
第6回
Sources of Growth in Agriculture 2, Calculation of TFP and Interpretation of Results
(Y), (R) & (HR) (Chapters 5, 6 and 7) (A class project will be given.)
7:
第7回
Effectiveness of Public Spending on Agricultural and Rural Development in Asia 1, How can we improve TFP? Existing Studies, (FHT), (FSM), ( FZ) & (FZN) (A class project will be given.)
8:
第8回
Effectiveness of Public Spending on Agricultural and Rural Development 2, Data Requirement and Preparation of Data, Construction of Stock Variables in the Real Term, (FHT), (FSM), ( FZ) & (FZN)
9:
第9回
Effectiveness of Public Spending on Agricultural and Rural Development 3, Estimation of Equations and Interpretation of the Study Results, (FHT), (FSM), ( FZ) & (FZN)
10:
第10回
Land Reform in Japan and Its Implications to Developing and Transition Economies,
Reference materials will be given in class.
11:
第11回
Food Consumption in Asia (How economic development will change the consumption patterns of the population in Asia is examined.); Reference materials will be given in class.
12:
第12回
Demand and Supply Situation for Agricultural Products in Asia, Reference materials will be distributed in class.
13:
第13回
International Trade of Agricultural Products in Asia
14:
第14回
Determinants of Food Prices: Applications of Hedonic Price Approach, Reference materials will be given in class
15:
第15回
Final Written Examination (in class) Class project papers are due for a later date.
Textbooks No textbook is assigned for this course.
Reference Reference Materials (1 through 8 are required readings.)

1) Runge, C. Ford, Benjamin Senauer, Philip G. Pardey and Mark W. Rosegrant (RSPR), Ending Hunger in Our Lifetime: Food Security and Globalization, John Hopkins University Press, 2003

2) Yamada, Saburo (Y), The Agricultural Development of Japan: A Century’s Perspective (Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8), University of Tokyo Press, 1991

3) Ruttan, Vernon (R), Productivity Growth in World Agriculture: Sources and Constraints, Journal of Economic Perspective, 16(4): 161-184, 2002 (Can be downloaded)

4) Hayami, Yujiro, Vernon Ruttan (HR), Agricultural Development: An International Perspective (Chapters 5, 6 and 7), Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985

5) Fan, Shenggen, Peter Hazell and S. Thorat (FHT) Government Spending, Agricultural Growth and Poverty in Rural India, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 82, No. 4, 2000 (Can be downloaded)

6) Fan, Shenggen, Somchai Jitsuchon and Nuntaporn Methakunnavut (FSM), The Importance of Public Investment for Reducing Rural Poverty in Middle-Income Countries: The Case of Thailand, DSGD Discussion Paper No. 7, International Food Policy Research Institute, 2004 (Can be downloaded from www.ifpri.org)

7) Fan, Shenggen and Xiaobo Zhang (FZ), Reforms, Investment, and Poverty in Rural China, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 52(2): 395-42, 2004 (Can be downloaded)

8) Shenggen Fan, Xiaobo Zhang, and Neetha Rao (FZN), Public Expenditure, Growth, and Poverty Reduction in Rural Uganda, DSGD Discussion Paper #4, International Food Policy Research Institute, 2004 (Can be downloaded from www.ifpri.org)

9) Ruttan, Vernon (editor), Agriculture Environment and Health: Sustainable Development in the 21st Century (Chapters 2 and 3), University of Minnesota Press, 1994

10) Anderson, Kym and Yujiro Hayami, Political Economy of Agricultural Protection: East Asia in International Perspective, Allen & Unwin Publishing Company (Chapters 2, 3, 8 and 9), 1986

11) Hayami, Yujiro, Development Economics: from the Poverty to the Wealth of Nations (Chapter 7), Oxford University Press, 1997

12) Hayami, Yujiro (editor), Toward the Rural Based Development of Commerce and Industry: Selected Experiences (Chapter 2), World Bank, 1998

13) Hayami, Yujiro, Japanese Agriculture under Siege: the Political Economy of Agricultural Policies (Chapters 2, 3 and 5), St. Martin’s Press, 1988
Evaluation
Rate Evaluation Criteria
Exam: 50% Final Examination (in class)
Papers: 35% Class Project
Class Participation: 15% Class Participation (attendance)
Others: 0% NA
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This course will be conducted in English. The class materials are stored in CourseN@vi for student use. 

 

Data analyses related to growth accounting and effectiveness of public spending studies are conducted in a PC room or in the classroom. We might spend 2 x 90 minutes every day to understand the process of data analyses. The instructor asks students to bring their own PCs so that all of us can work together on sample studies in class. No prior skills in data analyses using EXCEL are needed. If you cannot bring a PC to the classroom, we will use a PC room and PCs there for data analyses.

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