Tetsushi Sonobe

Position:      Vice President at GRIPS
                         Director of the GRIPS Global Governance Program

Education:    B.A. in economics, University of Tokyo, 1984         

                         Ph.D. in economics, Yale University, 1992

                  Advisors: Professors T.N. Srinivasan and Koichi Hamada

                Thesis: Managerial Resource Accumulation and International Trade

Professional Experience:

       Assistant professor at the Faculty of Economics,
            Tokyo Metropolitan University, 1992-1993

       Associate professor at the Faculty of Economics,
             Tokyo Metropolitan University, 1993 – 2001

       Professor at the Faculty of Economics,
            Tokyo Metropolitan University, 2001-2003

       Professorial fellow at the Foundation for Advanced Studies
             on International Development (FASID), 2003-2011

       Professor at the National Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS),
             2003 – present

       Director of the International Development Studies Program, GRIPS, 2011-2013

       Adviser to the president, GRIPS, 2012-2013

       Director of the State Building and Economic Development Program, GRIPS, 2012 – 2014

       Executive advisor to the president, GRIPS, 2013-2014

       Vice president, GRIPS, 2014 – present

       Director of the G G G  Program, 2014 – present

 

Awards and Grants

Awards

        Ouchi Hyoe Prize, the Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo, 1984 

        Nikkei Prize for Outstanding Book Publication, 2004

        Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize, the Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Foundation, 2007

Fellowships

        Yale University Scholarship, 1987-1991        

        Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 1991-1992     

Grants

        Program member, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
              the 21st Century COE Program at GRIPS, 2003-2007.

        Program member, JPSP the Global COE Program at GRIPS, 2008-2012.

        Principal investigator, Research grant, the Japan Securities Scholarship
             Foundation, 2011-2012.

        Principal investigator, Research grant, Takahashi Industrial and
             Economic Research Foundation, 2012.

        Principal investigator, Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) of KAKENHI,
             the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), 2012-2014.

         Head Investigator, Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Area of
              KAKENHI, 2013-2017.

 

Publications

Books in English 

Sonobe, T. and Otsuka, K. Cluster-Based Industrial Development: An East Asian Model, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, August 2006.

Sonobe, T. and Otsuka, K. Cluster-Based Industrial Development: A Comparative Study of Asia and Africa, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

 

Books in Japanese

Sonobe, Tetsushi, and Otsuka, Keijiro. Roots and Strategies of Industrial Development: Lessons from the East Asian Experience, Tokyo: Chisen-Shokan, June 2004. (This book was awarded Nikkei Prize for Outstanding Book Publication.)

Sonobe, Tetsushi, and Sawada, Yasuyuki. (eds.) Market and Economic Development: Toward Poverty Reduction in Developing Countries, Tokyo: Toyo- Keizai- Shimposha, March 2006. (This book was awarded Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize.)

Sonobe, Tetsushi, and Fujita, Masahisa. (eds.) Location and Economic Development: Toward Poverty Reduction in Developing Countries, Tokyo: Toyo-Keizai- Shimposha, March 2010.

 

Edited Special Issues

Sonobe, Tetsushi, Ito, Takatoshi, and Itoh, Motoshige. “Economic Agglomeration,” Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Volume 10, Issue 4, edited with Taketoshi Ito and Motoshige Itoh, December 1996.

 

Journal Articles in English 

Hamada, Koichi and Honda, Tetsushi,* “Engine of the Rising Sun: Productivity Growth in Postwar Japan,” Revisita di Politica Economica 12, December 1992, pp. 397-438.  (* I changed my surname from Honda to Sonobe in 1994.)

Sonobe, Tetsushi and Otsuka, Keijiro, “A New Decomposition Approach to Growth Accounting: Derivation of the Formula and its Application to Prewar Japan,” Japan and the World Economy, January 2001, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 1-14. Doi:10.1016/S0922-1425(00)00050-5 

 Otsuka, Keijiro, Suyanto, S., Sonobe, Tetsushi, and Thomas P. Tomich, “Evolution of Customary Land Tenure and Development of Agroforestry: Evidence from Sumatra,” Agricultural Economics Vol. 25, Issue 1, June 2001, pp. 85-101. doi:10.1016/S0169-5150(00)00098-0 

 Sonobe, Tetsushi, Hu, Dinghuan, and Otsuka, Keijiro, “Process of Cluster Formation in China: A Case Study of a Garment Town,” Journal of Development Studies, October 2002, Vol. 39, No. 1, pp.118-139. DOI: 10.1080/00220380412331322691 

Yamamura, Eiji, Sonobe, Tetsushi, and Otsuka, Keijiro, “Human Capital, Cluster Formation, and International Relocation: The Case of the Garment Industry in Japan, 1968-98,” Journal of Economic Geography, January 2003, Vol. 3, Issue 1, pp. 37-56.  Doi:10.1093/jeg/3.1.37

Sonobe, Tetsushi, Kawakami, Momoko, and Otsuka, Keijiro, “Changing Roles of Innovation and Imitation in Industrial Development: The Case of the Machine Tool Industry in Taiwan,” Economic Development and Cultural Change, October 2003, Vol. 52, No. 1, pp. 103-128.  DOI: 10.1086/380105  http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdf/10.1086/380105

Sonobe, Tetsushi, Hu, Dinghuan, and Otsuka, Keijiro, “From Inferior to Superior Products: An Inquiry into the Wenzhou Model of Industrial Development in China,” Journal of Comparative Economics, Vol. 32, Issue 3, September 2004, pp. 542-563, doi:10.1016/j.jce.2004.05.001

Yamamura, Eiji, Sonobe, Tetsushi, and Otsuka, Keijiro, “Time Paths in Innovation, Imitation, and Growth: The Case of the Motorcycle Industry in Postwar Japan,” Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Vol. 15, Number 2, April 2005, pp. 164-186. DOI: 10.1007/s00191-004-0239-3

Sonobe, Tetsushi and Otsuka, Keijiro, “The Division of Labor and the Formation of Industrial Clusters in Taiwan,” Review of Development Economics, Vol. 10, Issue 1, February 2006, pp. 71-86. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9361.2005.00301.x

Sonobe, Tetsushi, Hu, Dinghuan, and Otsuka, Keijiro, “Industrial Development in the Inland Region of China: A Case Study of the Motorcycle Industry,” Journal of Comparative Economics, Vol. 34, Issue 4, December 2006, 818-838. doi:10.1016/j.jce.2006.07.001

Yue, Yaguchi, Sonobe, Tetsushi, and Otsuka, Keijiro, “Beyond the Environmental Kuznets Curve: A Comparative Study of SO2 and CO2 Emissions between Japan and China,” Environment and Development Economics, Vol.12, Issue 3, June 2007, pp. 445-470.  Doi: 10.1017/S1355770X07003592

Sonobe, Tetsushi, Akoten, John, and Otsuka, Keijiro, “An Exploration into the Successful Development of the Leather-Shoe Industry in Ethiopia.” Review of Development Economics, 13 (4), November 2009, pp.719-736. DOI:10.1111/j.1467-9361.2009.00526.x

Nam, Vu Hoang, Sonobe, Tetsushi, and Otsuka, Keijiro, “An Inquiry into the Transformation Process of Village-based Industrial Clusters: The Case of an Iron and Steel Cluster in Northern Vietnam.” Journal of Comparative Economics, Volume 37, Issue 4, December 2009, pages 568-581.  DOI: 10.1016/j.jce.2009.08.003

Nam, Vu Hoang, Sonobe, Tetsushi, and Otsuka, Keijiro, “An Inquiry into the Development Process of Village Industry: The Case of a Knitwear Cluster in Northern Vietnam.” Journal of Development Studies 46 (2), February 2010, pp. 312-330. DOI:10.1080/00220380902952373

Sonobe, Tetsushi, Akoten, John, and Otsuka, Keijiro, “Growth Process of Informal Enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Case Study of a Jua Kali Cluster in Nairobi.”  Small Business Economics, 36 (3), April 2011, pp. 323-335.  DOI: 10.1007/s11187-009-9222-6

Kimura, Shingo, Otsuka, Keijiro, Sonobe, Tetsushi, and Scott Rozelle, “Efficiency of Land Allocation through Tenancy Markets: Evidence from China.” Economic Development and Cultural Change, 39(3), April 2011, pp.485-510.  DOI: 10.1086/649639      

Zhang, Haiyang and Sonobe, Tetsushi, “Development of Science and Technology Parks in China, 1988-2008,” Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, Vol.5, 2011-6.  http://dx.doi.org/10.5018/economics-ejournal.ja.2011-6

Zhang, Haiyang and Sonobe, Tetsushi, “Business Incubators in China: An Inquiry into the Variables Associated with Incubatee Success.” Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment Journal, Vol. 5, 2011-7.  Doi:10.5018/economics-ejournal.ja.2011-7 http://dx.doi.org/10.5018/economics-ejournal.ja.2011-7

Mottaleb, Khondoker Abdul, and Sonobe, Tetsushi, “An Inquiry into the Rapid Growth of the Garment Industry in Bangladesh.” Economic Development and Cultural Change, Vol. 60, No.1, October 2011, pp. 67-89.  DOI: 10.1086/661218         

Mano, Yukichi, Iddrisu, Alhassan, Yoshino, Yutaka, and Sonobe, Tetsushi, “How Can Micro and Small Enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa Become More productive?  The Impacts of Experimental Basic Managerial Training,” World Development, 40 (3), March 2012, pp. 458-468. Doi:10.1016/j.worlddev.2011.09.013

Gebreeyesus, Mulu, and Sonobe, Tetsushi, “Global value chains and market formation process in emerging export activity: evidence from Ethiopian flower industry,” Journal of Development Studies, 48 (3), March 2012, pp.335-48. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2011.635199

Arif, Babur Wasim, and Sonobe, Tetsushi, “Virtual Incubation in Industrial Clusters: A Case Study in Pakistan,” Journal of Development Studies, 48 (3), March 2012, pp. 377-92. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2011.621946

Iddrisu, Alhassan, Mano, Yukichi, and Sonobe, Tetsushi, “Entrepreneurial Skills and Industrial Development: The Case of a Car Repair and Metalworking Cluster in Ghana.” Journal of the Knowledge Economy, 3 (3), September 2012, pp. 302-326.  DOI: 10.1007/s13132-011-0047-6 

Mottaleb, Khondoker Abdul, and Sonobe, Tetsushi, “The Development Process of Rural Informal Industries in Developing Countries: The Case of Bangladesh.” Journal of Developing Areas, forthcoming.

Suzuki, Aya, Nam, Vu Huang, and Sonobe, Tetsushi, “Willingness to Pay for Managerial Training: A Case from the Knitwear Industry in Northern Vietnam.” Journal of Comparative Economics, forthcoming. Accepted manuscript (unedited version) available online: 16-JUL-2013.  DOI: 10.1016/j.jce.2013.07.001

Mano, Yukichi, Akoten, John, Yoshino, Yutaka, and Sonobe, Tetsushi, “Teaching KAIZEN to Small Business Owners: An Experiment in a Metalworking Cluster in Nairobi,” Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, forthcoming.

 

Book Chapters in English 

Suzuki, Kazuyuki, Nambu, Tsuruhiko, and Honda,* Tetsushi. “Deregulation in Japan,” in Robert W. Crandall and Kenneth Flamm, eds., Changing the Rules: Technological Change, International Competition, and Regulation in Communications.  Washington DC: The Brookings Institution, 1989.  (*I changed my surname from Honda to Sonobe in 1994)

Hamada, Koichi, and Honda,* Tetsushi. “Engine of the Rising Sun: Productivity Growth in Postwar Japan,” in Mario Baldassari, Luigi Paganetto, and Edmund S. Phelps, eds., International Differences in Growth Rates: Market Globalization and Economic Areas. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1994.

Sonobe, Tetsushi. “Externalities and Productivity Growth: Evidence from the Japanese Manufacturing Industry,” in Ryuzo Sato, Rama Ramachandran, and Hajime Hori, eds., Organization, Performance, and Equity: Perspectives on the Japanese Economy.  London and Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic, 1996, pp. 215-44.

Sonobe, Tetsushi, and Otsuka, Keijiro. “Changing Industrial Structure and Economic Development: Prewar Japan Revisited,” in Gustav Ranis, Sheng-Cheng Hu, and Yun-Peng Chu, eds., The Political Economy of Comparative Development into the 21st Century, volume 1.  London: Edward Elgar, 1999, pp. 189-210.

Sonobe, Tetsushi, and Otsuka, Keijiro. “Productivity Effects of TVE Privatization: The Case of Garment and Metal Casting Enterprises in the Great Yangtze River Region,” in Anne Krueger and Takatoshi Ito, eds., Governance, Regulation, and Privatization in the Asia-Pacific Region.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004.

Estudillo, Jonna P., Sonobe, Tetsushi, and Otsuka, Keijiro, “Development of the Rural Non-farm Sector in the Philippines and Lessons from the East Asian Experience.” In A. M. Balisacan, H. Hills, and S. F. A. Piza, eds., The Dynamics of Regional Development: The Philippines in East Asia. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elger, December 2006; and Manila, the Philippines: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2007.

Otsuka, Keijiro, and Sonobe, Tetsushi. “Strategy for Cluster-Based Industrial Development in Developing Countries,” in P. Bala Bhaskaran, ed., Cluster Initiatives: Engine of Economic Growth. Hyderabad, India: The Icfai University Press.

Otsuka, Keijiro, and Sonobe, Tetsushi, “Geography of Cluster-Based Industrial Development,” in Yukon Huang and Alessandoro Magnoli Bocchi, eds., Reshaping Economic Geography in East Asia. Washington D.C.: The World Bank, 2009. DOI: 10.1596/978-0-8213-7641-6

Otsuka, Keijiro, and Sonobe, Tetsushi, “Cluster-Based Industrial Development: Applicability of Japanese Experience to Contemporary Developing Countries,” in Koichi Hamada, Keijiro Otsuka, Gustav Ranis, and Ken Togo, eds., Miraculous Growth and Stagnation in Post-War Japan (Routledge Studies in the Modern World Economy) , New York: Routledge, 2011.

 

Discussion Papers

Sonobe, Tetsushi, and Otsuka, Keijiro, “Productivity Effects of TVE Privatization: The Case of Garment and Metal Casting Enterprises in the Great Yangtze River Region,” NBER Working Paper 9621, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts, April 2003. http://www.nber.org/papers/w9621.pdf 

Sonobe, Tetsushi, Akoten, John, and Otsuka, Keijiro, “The Development of the Footwear Industry in Ethiopia: How Different Is It from the East Asian Experience?” Discussion Paper Series on International Development Strategies 2006-09-003, FASID.

Sonobe, Tetsushi, Hu, Dinghuan, and Otsuka, Keijiro, “Industrial Development in the Inland Region of China: A Case Study of the Motorcycle Industry,” Discussion Paper Series on International Development Strategies 2006-09-004, FASID.

Kimura, Shingo, Otsuka, Keijiro, Sonobe, Tetsushi, and Scott Rozelle, “Efficiency of Land Allocation through Tenancy Markets: Evidence from China.” GCOE Economics Working Paper 5, GRIPS. http://www3.grips.ac.jp/~globalcoe/j/index.html 

Nam, Vu Hoang, Sonobe, Tetsushi, and Otsuka, Keijiro, “An Inquiry into the Transformation Process of Village-based Industrial Clusters: The Case of an Iron and Steel Cluster in Northern Vietnam.” GCOE Economics Working Paper 7, GRIPS. http://www3.grips.ac.jp/~globalcoe/j/index.html 

Sonobe, Tetsushi, Akoten, John, and Otsuka, Keijiro, “Growth Process of Informal Enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Case Study of a Jua Kali Cluster in Nairobi.” GCOE Economics Working Paper 8, GRIPS.  http://www3.grips.ac.jp/~globalcoe/j/index.html 

Nam, Vu Hoang, Sonobe, Tetsushi, and Otsuka, Keijiro, “An Inquiry into the Development Process of Village Industry: The Case of a Knitwear Cluster in Northern Vietnam.” GCOE Economics Working Paper 9, GRIPS.  http://www3.grips.ac.jp/~globalcoe/j/index.html 

Sonobe, Tetsushi, Akoten, John, and Otsuka, Keijiro, “An Exploration into the Successful Development of the Leather-Shoe Industry in Ethiopia.” GCOE Economics Working Paper 12, GRIPS.  http://www3.grips.ac.jp/~globalcoe/j/index.html 

Mottaleb, Khondoker Abdul, and Sonobe, Tetsushi, “An Inquiry into the Rapid Growth of the Garment Industry in Bangladesh,” GCOE Economics Working Paper 21, GRIPS. http://www3.grips.ac.jp/~globalcoe/j/index.html 

Zhang, Haiyang, and Sonobe, Tetsushi, “An Inquiry into the Development of Science Parks in China,” GCOE Economics Working Paper 22, GRIPS.  http://www3.grips.ac.jp/~globalcoe/j/index.html 

Otsuka, Keijiro, and Sonobe, Tetsushi, “A cluster-Based Industrial Development Policy for Low-Income Countries.” World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5703.

Mano, Yukichi, Iddrisu, Alhassan, Yoshino, Yutaka, and Sonobe, Tetsushi, “How Can Micro and Small Enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa Become More productive?  The Impacts of Experimental Basic Managerial Training.” World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5755.  Also GRIPS Discussion Paper, 11-06, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.

Babur, Wasim Arif, and Sonobe, Tetsushi, “Virtual Incubation in Industrial Clusters: A Case Study in Pakistan.” GRIPS Discussion Paper, 11-08, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.

Sonobe, Tetsushi, Higuchi, Yuki, and Otsuka, Keijiro, “Productivity Growth and Job Creation in the Development Process of Industrial Clusters,” GRIPS Discussion Papers, 11-22, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.

Girum Abebe and Sonobe, Tetsushi, “Management Practices, Self-Selection into Management Training Participation, and Training Effects in the Garment Industry in Ethiopia,” GRIPS Discussion Papers 11-23, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.

Sonobe, Tetsushi, and Otsuka, Keijiro, 2012. “The Role of Training in Fostering Cluster-Based Micro and Small Enterprises Development,” Working Papers UNU-WIDER Research Paper, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

Sonobe, Tetsushi, and Otsuka, Keijiro, 2012. “The Role of Training in Fostering Cluster-Based MSE Development,” GRIPS Discussion Papers 12-14, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.

Sonobe, Tetsushi, 2012. “An Inquiry into Corruption Norms: Survey Data of GRIPS Alumni,” GRIPS Discussion Papers 12-15, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.

Mano, Yukichi, Akoten, John, Yoshino, Yutaka, and Sonobe, Tetsushi, 2013. “Teaching KAIZEN to Small Business Owners: An Experiment in a Metalworking Cluster in Nairobi,” GRIPS Discussion Papers 13-06, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.

Md. Nurul Amin, and Sonobe, Tetsushi, 2013. “The success of the industrial development policy in the pharmaceutical industry in Bangladesh,” GRIPS Discussion Papers 13-07, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.

Suzuki, Aya, Vu Huang Nam, and Sonobe, Tetsushi, 2013. “Willingness to Pay for Managerial Training: A Case from the Knitwear Industry in Northern Vietnam,” GRIPS Discussion Papers 13-08, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.