Dr Katsushi Imai

Reader in Economics

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Dr Katsushi Imai is Reader in Economics at the Department of Economics, School of Social Sciences. He joined the University of Manchester in September 2004.     

[See Katsushi's personal website for more details, including the links to his recent working papers.] 

Dr Katsushi Imai serves as a research lead of the Development Economics Research Area Group and a programme director of MSc Development Economics and Policy. He graduated with BA (Econ) from Univ. of Tokyo in 1990, an MSc from LSE in 1997, an MSc from Oxford in 1998 and a DPhil (Econ) from the University of Oxford in 2001. Since then he taught at Oxford as a post-doctoral fellow at CSAE and Senior Associate Member at St. Antony's College, and at Royal Holloway, the University of London as Lecturer in Economics, before joining Manchester in 2004. Katsushi regularly works for the IFAD, the United Nations as a consultant to assist its policymaking. He is also an associate fellow at SIID and an external research fellow at RIEB, Kobe University.

He serves as a co-editor of Review of Development Economics and an editorial board member for Development Studies Research and Asian Development Perspective.   

Katsushi is currently serving as an external examiner for the University of Sussex (2020-24, MSc Economics & MSc Development Economics) and the University of East Anglia (2017-2021, MSc Impact Evaluation for International Development). He obtained a certificate for external examiners from Advanced HE in May 2021 at Sussex. 

Katsushi specialises in applied econometric works on India and other countries (e.g. Nepal, Kenya). He has published widely on inequality and poverty - including multidimensional poverty -, risk and vulnerability of households, child and adult nutrition and evaluations of public policies, such as the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), microfinance programmes and conditional cash transfers. 

Katsushi is also interested in the role of agriculture - broadly defined to include agricultural development, productivity improvement and institutions and how this contributes to achieving the UN's Sustainable Development Goals 1 and 2.  He is also interested in and has worked on SDG5 (gender equality), and SDG10 (reduced inequalities).

See Katsushi's publications

See Katsushi's interest in areas of PhD supervisions

External positions

Associate fellow, SIID

1 Jul 2017 → …

Research Fellow (external, honorary), Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration, Kobe University

Aug 2009 → …

Faculty Research Fellow , Global Development Institute, University of Manchester

Apr 2008 → …

Consultant , International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

1 Aug 1999 → …

Areas of expertise

Research Networks and Beacons


  • Pubic Policy, Health, Vulnerability and Risk, Nutrition, Household Data, Panel Data Econometrics, South Asia, Asia, Policy and Programme Evaluation

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2001 - Doctor of Philosophy, Economics, The University of Oxford, Oxford University (1998 - 2001)
  • 1998 - Master of Science, Economics for Development, The University of Oxford, Oxford University (1997 - 1998)
  • 1997 - Master of Science, Development Studies (Economics), London School of Economics and Political Science, London School of Economics & Political Science (University of London) (1996 - 1997)
  • 1990 - Bachelor of Arts, Economics, University of Tokyo (1986 - 1990)

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