Visiting Fellow

Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago

Activities at RIETI


1. Quantitative Methodology (Event-History Models and Models for Categorical Data)
2. Work and Family, Work-life Balance
3. Models of Rational/Purposive Social Action
4. Life Course and Occupational Career
5. Social Stratification and Social Inequality
6. Contemporary Japanese Society
7. Social Network, Exchange, and Diffusion
8. Epidemiology of Drug Abuse
9. Longitudinal Analysis of Drug Use History

Research Projects


1981 Ph.D., Sociology, University of Chicago
1979 M.A., Sociology, University of Chicago
1971 B.A., Mathematics, University of Tokyo


1991-present Professor Department of Sociology, University of Chicago
1991-present Research Associate, Population Research Center, NORC and University of Chicago
2008-2011 Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago
2005-2013 Hanna-Holborn-Gray Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago
2003 Visiting Professor Department of Sociology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
2001-2002 Visiting Scholar, Hitotsubashi University
1998-2007 Research Associate Alfred P. Sloan Center for the Study of Work and Family, NORC and University of Chicago
1987-1991 Associate Professor Department of Sociology, University of California-Los Angeles
1985-1987 Assistant Professor Department of Sociology, University of California-Los Angeles
1983-1985 Assistant Professor School of Public Health, Columbia University
1982-1985 Research Associate Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University
1976-1978 Labor Statistics Division, Research Department, Statistics Division, Prime Minister's Office, Japan
1971-1974 Economic Statistics Division, Research Department, Statistics Bureau, Prime Minister's Office, Japan

Selected Publications and Papers

Yamaguchi, Kazuo. 2009. Work-life Balance: Empirical Evidence and Policy Recommendations (in Japanese). Nikkei News Publication.

Yamaguchi, Kazuo. 2008. Diversity; Tales for Life Empowerment (in Japanese) Toyo Keizai Shimpo Publication. Korean Translation published in 2009 from Ire Publication.

Yamaguchi, Kazuo and Yoshio Higuchi (eds.). 2008. Debates; Work-life Balance in Japan (In Japanese). Nikkei News Publication.

Yamaguchi, Kazuo. 1991. Event History Analysis. Sage Publications.

Research Articles
Yamaguchi, Kazuo. 2013. "New Regression Models with Ego-Centric Social Network Data: An Analysis of Political Party Preference in Japan," Sociological Methodology 43: 312-45.

Yamaguchi, Kazuo. 2012. "Loglinear Causal Analysis of Cross-classified Categorical Data," Sociological Methodology 42: 257-85.

Yamaguchi, Kazuo. 2011. "A Macrocounterfactual Analysis of Group Differences: An Application to the Gender Wage Gap in Japan," Sociological Methodology 41: 223-55.

Yamaguchi, Kazuo. 2008. "Strategies for Elimination of Gender Inequality in Wages: Theoretical and Empirical Bases for the Irrationality of Statistical Discrimination," The Japanese Journal of Labour Studies 50: 40-68.

Yamaguchi, Kazuo, 2007. "Marital Satisfaction and Work-Life Balance (in Japanese)," Japanese Journal of Research on Household Economics 73: 50-60.

Yamaguchi, Kazuo. 2006. "Rationality of Tolerance: An Insight into the Parent-Child Relationship," Rationality and Society 18: 275-303.

Yamaguchi, Kazuo. 2005. "The Declining Fertility Rate at the Below-Replacement Level: Determinants and Countermeasures - The Roles of Husbands, Workplaces, the Government, and Society," (In Japanese) Japanese Journal of Household Economics 66: 57-67.

Yamaguchi, Kazuo. 2003. "The Difficulty of Social Research from an American Research Perspective (In Japanese)," Japanese Review of Sociology 53(4): 552-565.

Yamaguchi, Kazuo and Yantao Wang. 2002. "Class Identification of Married Employed Women and Men in America," American Journal of Sociology 102: 440-475.

Yamaguchi, Kazuo. 2001-02. "Event History Analysis (1)-(5) (In Japanese)," Statistics 52(9)-53(6).

Yamaguchi, Kazuo. 2000. "Multinomial Logit Latent-Class Regression Models: An Analysis of the Predictors of Gender-Role Attitudes among Japanese Women," American Journal of Sociology 105: 1702-40.

Yamaguchi, Kazuo. 2000. "Rationality of Initiators and Rationality of Threshold-Based Behavior of Followers in Collective Action: Insight from Non-Expected Utility Models," Rationality and Society 12: 185-225.

Yamaguchi, Kazuo. 1999. "Gender-Role Attitudes of Married Women and Social Stratification: A Japan-US Comparison (In Japanese)," Japanese Sociological Review 50: 231-51.

Yamaguchi, Kazuo. 1998. "Rational-Choice Theories of Anticipatory Socialization and Anticipatory Nonsocialization," Rationality and Society 10: 163-99. This paper is included in Central Currents in Social Theory: Contemporary Sociological Theory 1920-2000, edited by Raymond Boudon and Mohamed Cherkaoiu. London: Sage.

Yamaguchi, Kazuo. 1996. "Power in the Network of Substitutable/Complementary Exchange Relations: A Rational-Choice Model and an Analysis of Power Centralization," American Sociological Review 61: 308-32.

Yamaguchi, Kazuo and Linda Ferguson. 1995. "The Stopping and Spacing of Childbirths and Their Birth-History Predictors: Rational-Choice Theory and Event-History Analysis," American Sociological Review 60: 272-98.

Yamaguchi, Kazuo. 1992. "Accelerated Failure-Time Regression Models with a Regression Model of Surviving Fraction: An Application to the Analysis of 'Permanent Employment' in Japan," Journal of the American Statistical Association 87: 284-292.

Yamaguchi, Kazuo. 1990. "Homophily and Social Distance in the Choice of Multiple Friends: An Analysis Based on Conditionally Symmetric Log-Bilinear Association Models," Journal of the American Statistical Association 85: 356-366.


Current Editorial Board Membership: American Journal of Sociology; American Sociological Review; British Journal of Sociology; Sociological Methodology; Rationality and Society

2011-2012 Chair, Task Force on Encouraging Corporate Vitality and Diversity, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Government of Japan

Keynote Speaker. 2007. The 7th National Conference for the Formation of Gender-Equal Society, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan

Regular Review-Panel Member, Biostatistical Method and Research Design (BMRD) Section, National Institute of Health, 2005-2009

Regular Review-Panel Member, Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (SSM) Section of the Social and Behavioral Science, National Science Foundation 2002-2004

2003 ISI's (Institute for Scientific Information) list of 250 most highly-cited scientists during the years 1981-1999 in Social Sciences, General category

2001 Guggenheim Fellowship from John Simon Guggenheim Foundation

2001 Social Science Research Council and Japan Foundation, Abe Fellowship

1998 Isaac and Viola H. Stern Endowment Fund Research Grant Award, University of Chicago

1992- Elected Member, Sociological Research Association (Honor Society)

1984 Susan Colver Rosenberger Prize, from University of Chicago, for doctoral dissertation which is "constructive and original in sociology"