JICA Ogata Research Institute


MUTO, Megumi

Deputy DirectorFull-time

Educational Background

-December 2017 Executive Master of Business Administration (Energy Major)
HEC Paris, France
-July 2009 Doctor of Philosophy (Development Economics)
Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo, Japan
-June 1993 Master of Public and International Affairs
Princeton University, New Jersey, U.S.A.
-March 1989 Bachelor of Arts (Economics) Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

Career Background

2008-2020 Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
-2020(April) Deputy Director, JICA Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development
-2018-2020(March) Director General, Global Environment Department,
-2015-2017 Chief Representative, France Office
-2012-2015 Deputy Director General, Southeast Asia and Pacific Department
-2010-2012 Director for the Philippines, Southeast Asia and Pacific Department
-2008-2010 Research Fellow, JICA Research Institute
1999-2008 Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
-2005-2008 Senior Economist, JBIC Institute
-1999- 2002, 2003-2005 Deputy Director, Operations Strategy Division, Development Assistance Strategy Department
1989-1999 Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (OECF)
-1998-1999 Financial Sector Division, Project Development Department
-1997-1998 Operations Management Division, Project Development Department
-1995-1997 Overseas Office in Manila, Philippines
-1993-1995 Development Research Institute
-1989-1991 Latin America Division

Major Publications

M. Muto and T. Yamano “The Impact of Mobile Phone Coverage on Market Participation: Panel Data Evidence from Uganda” World Development, Volume 37, Issue 12, December 2009, Pages 1887-1896
F. Yamauchi, M.Muto, S. Choudhury, R. Dewina, S. Sumaryanto “Are Schooling and Roads Complementary? Evidence from Income Dynamics in Rural Indonesia” World Development, Volume 39, Issue 12, December 2010, Pages 2232-2244
M. Muto “The Impacts of Mobile Phones and Personal Networks on Rural-to-Urban Migration: Evidence from Uganda” Journal of African Economies, Volume 21, Issue 5, November 2012, Pages 787-807

M. Muto
(2007) "Social capacity for infrastructure management" in S. Matsuoka (ed.), Effective Environmental Management in Developing Countries (Palgrave Macmillan)
M. Muto and S. Shimokoshi (2010) “Non-farm activities and space: the case of Indonesia” in T. Sonobe and M. Fujita (eds.) Economic Development and Space (Toyo Keizai Shinpo Sha) (in Japanese)
M. Muto (2011) "Impacts of Climate Change upon Asian Coastal Areas: The Case of Metro Manila" in R. Fujikura and M. Kawanishi (eds.), Climate Change Adaptation and International Development (Earthscan)
M. Muto and K. Hirota (2015) “Frontiers of Development Cooperation in Asia” in T. Kurosaki and K. Otsuka (eds.), Next Stage of Development Cooperation (Nihon Hyouron Sha) (in Japanese)

M. Muto, S. Shimokoshi, and Y. Chung “Empirical Study on Industrial Cluster in Africa, the Role of Space, Infrastructure, Human Resource and Social Capital  — Location Choice and Performance of Furniture Workshops in Arusha, Tanzania—”. JICA-RI Working Paper No.28, March 2011.
M. Muto, T. Takeuchi “Political Economy in India and Infrastructure Development”. JBIC Institute Journal No.34, 2007 (in Japanese)
M. Fujita, M. Muto “Brand Agriculture from the Perspective of Spatial Economics”, JBIC Institute Journal No. 33, 2007 (in Japanese)
M. Muto, T. Takeuchi, N. Koike “Policy Coherence in Development: Case Study of East Asia” JBIC Institute Journal No. 29, 2006 (in Japanese)

“Industrial Clusters and Micro and Small Enterprises in Africa”. The World Bank, 2011
“Climate Risks and Adaptation in Asian Coastal Megacities”. Asian Development Bank, The World Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency 2010
“Reshaping Economic Geography in East Asia” The World Bank, 2008


-Japanese Economic Association
-The Japan Society for International Development (Associate editor for the Journal of International Development Studies, 2008-2010)


-Bureau member of the Working Party on Statistics, OECD-DAC, 2017-
-Associate member, Science Council of Japan, 2014-2015
-Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo, Japan, 2014-2015
-Visiting Lecturer, Saitama University, Japan, 2013
-Visiting Lecturer, Hosei University, Japan, 2010
-Certified Public Accountant (Illinois, U.S.A. certificate only)

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