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Sato, Motohiro

Member, Tokyo Foundation Tax and Social Security Research Committee

Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Applied Economics, and School of International and Public Policy, Hitotsubashi University

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Areas of Expertise

tax, social insurance, fiscal federalism, fiscal decentralization and soft budgets, health economics

Bio

Earned his BA and MA in economics from Hitotsubashi University and his PhD in economics from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. Is an associate editor of the Journal of Public Economics and a board member of the International Institute of Public Finance. Served on various government committees, including the Government Tax Commission. Received the Nikkei Prize for Excellent Books in Economic Science in 2004 and the Economist Award of the Mainichi Newspapers in 2012.

Research Results

Publications

"Fiscal Externalities and Efficient Transfers in a Federal System," International Tax and Public Finance, 7(2), March 2000.

"Agency and the Design of Welfare Systems," Journal of Public Economics, 73(1), July 1999 (with Robin Boadway and Nicolas Marceau).

"Prior Health Expenditures and Risk Sharing with Insurers Competing on Quality," Rand Journal of Economics, 34(4), pp. 647-669, December 2003 (with Maurice Marchand and Erik Schokkaert).

"Can Partial Fiscal Coordination Be Welfare Worsening? A Model of Tax Competition," Journal of Urban Economics, 54, 2003 (with Maurice Marchand and Pierre Pestieau).

"Too Big or Too Small? A Synthetic View of the Commitment Problem of Interregional Transfers," Journal of Urban Economics, 64(3), November 2008 (with Nobuo Akai).

"Optimal Tax Design and Enforcement with an Informal Sector," American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 1(1), February 2009, pp. 1-27 (with Robin Boadway).

"Optimal Income Taxation with Risky Earnings: A Synthesis," Journal of Public Economic Theory, 2014 (with Robin Boadway).

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