Research Programs: Policy Assessment

Microeconometric Analysis of Education Policy

Project Leader/Sub-Leader

TANAKA Ryuichi

TANAKA Ryuichi (Faculty Fellow)



This study aims to empirically clarify the causal effects of educational systems and policies on human capital formation, with a particular focus on primary and secondary education. In order to achieve this objective, we will analyze a combination of large-scale government micro-data such as the National Survey of Educational Attainment and Learning, the Employment Status Survey, and the Population Census, as well as existing and independent surveys, to test various hypotheses related to educational policies.

The themes of analysis in this study are: (1) analysis of the determinants of consolidation of elementary and junior high schools during the phase of population decline; (2) analysis of the influence of family environment on career choices in high school and university; (3) analysis of the role of high school student'' friend networks in determining academic achievement and career paths; (4) analysis of the effects of changes in relative academic ability and physical strength within schools on academic achievement and problem behaviors; (5) an analysis of the heterogeneity of the effects of class size reduction in elementary schools, and (6) an analysis of the medium- to long-term effects of changes in the educational system on student'' later life.

By quantitatively examining the effects of these educational policy and system changes, we will produce research results of high academic value and provide knowledge from economics on the most desirable educational system in Japan.

June 1, 2023 - November 30, 2025

(During the research project period, the research activity period is set from June 1, 2023 to May 31, 2025, and the data usage reporting period is set from June 1, 2025 to November 30, 2025.)

Major Research Results


RIETI Discussion Papers