Message from Chair

The history of the Economics Department at Yokohama National University dates back to 1923 when it was first established as the Yokohama Higher School of Commerce. Throughout its 90-year history, a rich diversity of international education and research in economics has evolved due in part to the strong influence of the nearby Port of Yokohama, which played an instrumental role in supporting the modernization of Japan during the Meiji Period (1868-1912). Such conditions have allowed our school to provide high-quality education in economics with a balance of theoretical research and empirical study. The demonstrative result of this is the fact that many excellent alumni/alumnae who have completed the graduate course of the Department of Economics have gone on to become successful leaders in business, government and academia in Japan and other Asian countries. The Department of Economics of the Graduate School of International Social Sciences in YNU today offer Master and Doctoral degrees in Economics.

The impetus for our programs in Economics has come from the current state of the global economy; specifically, a new phase of growth and rapid advancement of many developing countries and the spread of regional economic integration from East Asia to Southeast Asia, and is contrasted against burgeoning budget deficits of developed nations, the expansion and acceleration of international capital movements, and the destabilization of currency rates. These social environments require a sufficient supply of well-educated business leaders, government officials and researchers with a high-level command of economics.

From 2013 we introduced the Qualifying Examination Course which provides a non-thesis track option by which graduate students can complete the Master degree only through written exams, oral defense, and additional classes without writing a thesis. At the same time, we also launched all-English M.A. and Ph.D. Programs. We also offer the Inter-Disciplinary International Public Policy Program run jointly with other departments in Graduate School of International Social Sciences. We also provide the Finance Program for both M.A. and Ph.D. with particular emphasis on financial engineering as collaboration with the Graduate School of Engineering.

The Department of Economics is a vibrant collection of distinguished scholars with dedication to education. Many of our faculty members have received awards and served as consultants for economic policies. Their research activities expand widely from microeconomic theory, econometrics, economic history to finance, international economics and studies of developing economies.

It is my sincere hope that students in the program will not only excel in their studies and research but also share in wonderful collegial fellowship and receive a warm heartfelt experience in Japan.

Keiji NAGAI, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Economics

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