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Hiroshi Ueno

Hiroshi Ueno

Currently: Research Advisor, Urban Community Research Center for Asia (UCRCA), Aichi-ken, JAPAN
Research Advisor, International Development Center of Japan (IDCJ), Tokyo, JAPAN
Permanent Expert, International Development Associates, Tokyo, JAPAN

Bio-data and Professional Experiences

1941born in Tokyo, JAPAN
1976Master of City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
1976-83Chief Researcher, International Development Center of Japan, Tokyo, JAPAN
1988Ph.D. in economics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
1988-99Economist, West Africa Region, the World Bank, Washington D.C., USA
1995-99conomic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Government of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, MONGOLIA
1999-05Professor of economics, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS), Kobe University, JAPAN
2005-12Professor of economics, Department of Policy Studies, Nanzan University, Aichi-ken, JAPAN

Research Topics

Dr. Ueno’s fields of specialization are (1) development economics, (2) public financial management and reform, (3) policy evaluation, and (4) comparative culture/civilization.

(1) In the development economics, He is specializing in (a) transition economics and policies, in particular regarding Mongolian economy; (b) economic growth and macroeconomic policies, in particular fiscal (expenditure and taxation) policies; (c) financial and economic analyses of investments. and (d) development experience of Japanese economy.

(2) In the public financial management and reform, He is specializing in (a) independent fiscal institutions including Parliamentary Budget Offices; (b) public expenditure review including Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability; (c) privatization, private finance initiatives, and new public management; (d) structural adjustment; (e) public administration reforms; and (f) roles of the government and the market.

(3) In the policy evaluation, He is specializing in (a) public policy process and the framework for policy evaluation; (b) program/policy evaluation methods; and (c) policy formulation.

(4) In the comparative culture/civilization, He is specializing in a factor analysis of the world-wide cultural differences.

Accademic Affiliation

American Economic Association (up to 2012);
Japan Economic Association(日本経済学会);
Japan Society for International Development (日本開発学会);
Japan Evaluation Society (日本評価学会).

Awards and Thanks Letter

Good Practice of economic analysis (the World Bank);
Good Academic Paper Award (Japan Evaluation Society);
Thanks Letter (from the Finance Minister of Mongolia).


Hashimoto, Hideo, H. Ueno, and others (2008),
Japanese Long-term Policy Advisors to Developing Countries (途上国に対する日本人長期政策アドバイザー論),
International Institute for Advanced Studies (国際高等研究所), in Japanese.

Miyoshi, Koichi, H. Ueno, and others (2008),
For Students of Policy Evaluation (評価論を学ぶ人のために),
Sekai Shisousha (世界思想社), in Japanese.

Hashimoto, Hideo, H. Ueno, and others (2007),
Experiences of Japanese Long-term Policy Advisors to Developing Countries (途上国における日本人長期政策アドバイザー体験記),
International Institute for Advanced Studies (国際高等研究所), in Japanese.

Ueno, Hiroshi (2007),
Exchange Rate Dynamics with Current Account, Portfolio Balances and Sticky Prices under a Two Country Framework, Gendaitosho, Japan, in English.

Major Papers

“Assessing Mining Boom in Mongolia: Impacts of Huge Mining Projects on GDP, Export, and Government Revenues,” single authorship, in English, in Proceedings of 23rd Fall Convention of Japan Society for International Development, 2012, only in an electronic format.
“A Framework for Policy Studies: Result Oriented Policy Process Integrating Political Science, Policy Studies, Policy Evaluation, and Economics,” (総合政策学の枠組みとしての政策プロセス: 政治学、政策科学、政策評価論、経済学を統合した政策実現枠組み), 2012, single authorship, in Japanese, in Nanzan Gakkai (南山学会), Akademia: Shakaikagakuhen (アカデミア:社会科学編), June 2012.
“Evaluation of Mongolian Fiscal Policies: CPIA Approach,” 2011, joint authorship with Naidalaa, in English, in Nanzan Keizai Gakkai (南山経済学会),Nanzan Keizai Kenkyu (南山経済研究), 2011.
“Assessing Public Financial Management of Mongolia: Comparative Analysis of Budget Execution Management Using PEFA Indicators,” 2010, single authorship, in Japanese, Nanzan Keizai Gakkai (南山経済学会),Nanzan Keizai Kenkyu (南山経済研究), 2010.
“Evaluation Methodologies of Policies and Institutions for Public Financial Management in Developing Countries,” (途上国公共財政経営の制度評価方法と政策評価方法), 2009, single authorship, in Japanese, refereed, in Japan Evaluation Society, Japanese Journal of Evaluation Studies (日本評価研究), 2009.
“Dutch Disease and Resource Dependency of Mongolian Government Revenues: Its Tax System and Tax Revenues,” (オランダ病と歳入の資源依存:モンゴルの租税制度と租税収入), 2008, single authorship, in Japanese, in Nanzan Keizai Gakkai (南山経済学会),Nanzan Keizai Kenkyu (南山経済研究), 2008.
“A Dimensionist Approach to Comparative Cultures,” 2008, single authorship, in Japanese, in Nanzan Gakkai (南山学会), Akademia: Jinmon Shakaigakuhen, (アカデミア:人文社会学編), 2008.
“Economic Transition of Mongolia and Its Twin Deficits,” Kokumin-Keizai Zasshi (Journal of Economics and Business Administration), Vol.189, No. 4, April 2004, pp.67-82, single authorship, in Japanese.
“New Roles of the Government: Logical Consequences of Privatization and New Public Management: Part 2,” Journal of International Cooperation Studies, Vol.11, No.3, March 2004, pp. 1-30, single authorship, in Japanese.
“Essay on Policy Engineering No.2: Policy Process, Program and Performance Evaluation, and Budgeting Process,” Japanese Journal of Evaluation Studies, vol.4, No.1, March 2004, pp. 66-86, single authorship, in Japanese, refereed.
“Project Appraisal and Its Challenges Ahead,” Journal of International Development Studies, Vol.10, No.2, November 2001, pp.17-48, single authorship, in Japanese, refereed.
“Assessing Transition Policies: the Case of Mongolia,” Journal of International Cooperation Studies, Vol.8, No.1, June 2000, single authorship, in English.
“Chapter 1. Issues and Conceptual Framework; Chapter 2 (jointly with Thelma Triche) Urban Water Supply; Chapter 3. Railways; Chapter 5 (jointly with Robert Buckley) Urban Shelter and Serviced Land,” in H.Ueno (ed.) Nigeria-Strategies for Private Provision of Infrastructure and Urban Services, World Bank, 1994, joint authorship, in English.

Dr.Ueno's Message

Economics as a theory has a beautiful structure and provides us with fundamental direction to go when we faced with real economic problems. However, many assumptions underlying the beautiful theory don’t hold in reality particularly in developing countries. We need to adapt the theory to the reality of a developing country when we want to create a workable policy to solve a particular problem in that country. My research interest lies in the practical application or applicability of economic theories, i.e., in applied economics in particular for economic development.