Professor Yasushi Tanaka

Area and Subject Taught Labor Economics
Research Theme(s) Human capital theory, OJT, University enrolment rate and its determining factors, Economical Inequality
Academic Degrees Doctor of Philosophy(Economics), London School of Economics, University of London, UK
Keywords for Research Field Human Capital Theory, University enrolment rate, OJT, Cooperative education
Office Phone Number 81-75-705-1833
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Research Overview

  1. Human capital theory: An analysis of the effects of education and training on productivity and wages.
  2. OJT theory: On-the-job training (OJT) refers to a process whereby workers learn skills and improve productivity while doing their jobs. Following issues are investigated; (1) How can productivity be increased? (2) What effect will higher productivity have on wages? and (3) Who bears the burden, the worker or the manager?
  3. University enrolment rate and its determining factors: A regression analysis is applied on actual prefectural or time series data to determine the factors determining the university enrolment rate.
  4. Theoretical and empirical analyses of Cooperative Education: Cooperative education is analyzed in theoretical and empirical framework.

Notable Publications and Works

Tanaka, Y. (2015): "Herman Schneider and Cooperative System of Education with Hearings before the Committee on Education, House of Representatives, United States Sixty-third Congress, Second Session, 1914," Forum of Higher Education Research, Kyoto Sangyo University, pp.33-46.

Tanaka, Y. (2014): "The Economics of Cooperative Education: A practitioner's guide to the theoretical framework and empirical assessment of cooperative education," (Routledge Studies in the Modern World Economy) Routledge.

Tanaka, Y. , Ojala, A. and Turunen, O. (2014): "Chapter 4: Higher education systems and labour market outcomes in Japan and Finland, 1950-2010," in Tanaka, Y., Tamaki, T., and Ojala, J. (Ed.): (2014): "Comparing Post War Japanese and Finnish Economies and Societies: Longitudinal perspectives," (Routledge Studies in the Modern World Economy) , Routledge.

Tanaka, Y. (2013): “The History and present state of Cooperative Education, and its development and challenges in Japan,” Forum of HIgher Education Research, The Center for Research and Development for Educational Support, Kyoto Sangyo University, Vol.3, pp.9-19.

Tanaka,Y. and Carlson, K. (2012): “An international comparison of the effect of work-integrated learning on academic performance: A statistical evaluation of WIL in Japan and Hong Kong,” Asian-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp77-88.

Tanaka, Y. (2012):” Evaluating the Effects of Career-oriented Education on Academic Performance and Employment Outcome – A statistical analysis based on students’ data,” Forum of Higher Education Research, Center for Research and Development for Educational Support, Kyoto Sangyo University, Vol.2, pp9-16.

Tanaka, Y. and Carlson, K. (2011): “What should I do with all these numbers?: Examples and models of different quantitative approaches to evaluating WIL,” Presented in Workshop Session, The 17th World Conference on Cooperative Education and Work-integrated Learning, WACE, Philadelphia, USA.

Tanaka, Y. and Chiba, Y. (2011):“ Female demand for education and their changing job environment ‒Time-series analysis of female university enrolment rate by binomial and multinomial logit models, “ Acta Humanistica et Scientifica, Universitatis Sangio Kyotiensis,, Social Science Series No.28, March 2011, pp89-113. (In Japanese)

Tanaka, Y. (2010): “The Variation in Internal Rate of Return and Reconsideration of Economic Merits of University Education,” Acta Humanistica et Scientifica, Universitatis Sangio Kyotiensis, Social Science Series No.27, March 2010, pp.63-82. (In Japanese)

Tanaka,Y. (2009)“: Cooperative Education as Human Capital Investment; an economic analysis,” Presented in Referred Paper Session, The 16th World Conference on Cooperative Education and Work-integrated Learning, WACE, Vancouver, Canada.

Tanaka,Y., Matsutaka,M. and Churton,P. (2009): “Assessing the effectiveness of co-op ducation by students’ survey ‒ A panel data analysis at KSU,” Presented in Referred Paper Session, The 16th World Conference on Cooperative Education and Work-integrated Learning, WACE, Vancouver, Canada.

Tanaka,Y. and Churton,P. (2008):“ Minding the gap between Japanese cooperative education and internships abroad - the value of cooperative project based learning,” Presented in Referred Paper Session,, WACE Asia-Pacific Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Tanaka,Y. (2007):“ Japanese Cooperative Education Reconsidered,” Presented in Referred Paper Session, The 16th World Conference on Cooperative Education and Work-integrated Learning, WACE, Singapore.

Tanaka,Y. (2006):“ The Japanese Model of Cooperative Education Programme - A case study of Kyoto Sangyo University On/Off Campus Fusion -,” Presented in Referred Paper Session, WACE Asia Pacific Conference, Shanghai, China.

Tanaka,Y.(2006):“ The Chapter 3: The female labour participation rates and the determining factors for the regional discrepancies,” in“ The Regional economy Project: Vitalizing regional economies and maintaining the balance,” pp.103-109. (In Japanese)