Waseda Institute of Social and Human Capital Studies (WISH)

Research theme

Empirical and Theoretical Research for Social Welfare in Sustainable Society:Inheritance of Human Capital beyond “an Individual” and “a Generation”

Overview of Research

 With the rapid declining birth rate of the population, the refugee problem has been getting worse in Europe and the United States that have accepted immigrants as labor force. Also, in most OECD countries, the poverty rate of children is higher than the poverty rate of society as a whole and it is increasing.Since the latter half of the 20th century, the slowdown in economic growth in developed regions has spurred the dramatic change in demographic dynamics, and furthermore the sustainability of public assistance and cooperation functions that have been enriched under the pattern of nationalism It is being compromised. Currently, these various factors cause poverty and inequality that impede the accumulation process of HC, as well as causing conflicts among people, causing negative chains beyond ‘individual’ and ‘generation’. Such social unrest is probably a common problem on a global scale in the 21st century.
 Therefore, at the Waseda Institute of Social and Human Capital Studies (WISH), how human capital (HC) represented by education and health is accumulated as “individuals” and ” Socio-economic status (socio-economic status) “through the utilization of quantitative and qualitative big data and field surveys and experiments on how essential the mechanism is inherited beyond” individual “and” generation ” We conduct verification from both aspects of demonstration and theory against various hypotheses focusing on the relevance between SES and social capital (SC) and HC. The theme of WISH is an urgent policy issue that the international community must face, and it is also a medium- and long-term task indispensable for seeking a way of sustainable social system for human society. Concerning about the fact that there is a significant correlation with education · health and SES representing HC, as a result of research through modern times, consensus is generally obtained among researchers. However, a firm conclusion on the question as to what kind of various factors correlate with our HC through what kind of mechanism, and what is the significance and magnitude of the influence , Neither theoretically nor empirical results have been obtained. In addition, while conventional human capital theory clarifies the accumulation process of HC closed to individuals, HC accumulated in “individual” exceeds “individual” and “generation” , and community and human society It is not said that it gives sufficient answers to the problem consciousness whether it is inherited to SC and contributes to accumulation of SC. There is a high possibility that HC has an external effect and it is likely to be accumulated too small. As long as the accumulation of HC is regulated by individuals, the disparity between those that can efficiently accumulate HC and those that cannot accumulate HC is expanded , Is not it one of the major causes of social unrest and conflict in the present age?
  Based on the above-mentioned problem awareness, WISH has been working on concrete subjects such as “medical care / nursing care” , “education” , “environment”, “development” etc. from accumulation of SC to accumulation of HC, It aims to find the key of a two-way door from the accumulation of HC to the accumulation of SC.

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2018.12.3
Now, the program, paper abstracts, and list of attendants are available for 1st Asian Workshop on Econometrics and Health Economics held from 12/9-11 at Kyoto Tokyu Hotel.
2018.4.17
Prof. Hitoshi Shigeoka (Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University, Faculty Research Fellow, NBER) gave a lecture to undergrad and grad students, entitled “Estimating return to health care ”.
2018.1.15
WISH and The Center for Positive Political Economy (CPPE) held a seminar by Prof. Ryuichi Tanaka (Professor, the Institute of Social Science (ISS), The University of Tokyo, entitled “Do Teachers Matter for Academic Achievement of Students?:Evidence from Administrative Panel Data.
2017.12.19
Prof. Hitoshi Shigeoka (Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University, Faculty Research Fellow, NBER) gave a lecture to undergrad and grad students, entitled “Estimating return to health care ”.
2017.11.29
WISH and Waseda Institute of Political Economy (WINPEC) held a seminar by Prof. Hitoshi Shigeoka (Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University, Faculty Research Fellow, NBER), entitled “Patient Cost-sharing and Health Care Utilization among Children ”.
2017.10.27
Participated as a panelist for "Advanced Data Human Resource Development Program (D-Data Program)" Kick-off Symposium.
2017.10.19
Ms. Rong Fu, Instructor of Graduate School of Economics presented a paper entitled “Does Marriage make us healthier? Evidence from middle-aged and older people in Japan” (co-author : Haruko Noguchi)” at Scientific Session-Ageing of MIRAI(未来) Seminar in Lund University, Sweden.
2017.10.17
Keynote Speech entitled “Japan’s Challenge to Ageing – Demographic Trend, Health Determinants, and Public Policies” at Scientific Session-Ageing of MIRAI(未来) Seminar in Lund University, Sweden.
2017.9.17
-9.22
We visited Ekhlaspur Village, Matlab Uttar, Chandpur District in Bangladesh and conducted field work for the evaluation of the GramClean Project, coordinated by Global Communication Center, Gramin Communications of Grameen Bank.
2017.9.7
Social Innovation Seminar by Mr. Anshu Gupta, popularly known as “the Clothing Man” is the Founder of an Indian based nonprofit (Goonj) was organized by WISH. Mr. Gupta received numerous awards from either India or abroad, such as the Magsaysay Award, Schwab, Forbs, Ashokafaro, FastCompany.
2017.9.2
Ms. Mayumi Imahori, a PhD student of Graduate School of Economics presented a paper entitled “Does Income Affect Medical And Nursing Care Expenditure For Elderly?-Evidence From Health Care Systems in Japan (co-authors : Takashi Kurihara, Haruko Noguchi)” at 12th Annual Meeting of Japan Health Economics Association in Keio University.
2017.9.2
Mr. Yuichi Watanabe, a PhD student of Graduate School of Economics presented a paper entitled “What Determines Surgeons' Efficiency in The Operating Rooms?-Surgical Panel Data Analysis OF A Japanese Large-Scale Hospital (co-authors : Haruko Noguchi, Yoshinori Nakata)” at 12th Annual Meeting of Japan Health Economics Association in Keio University.
2017.7.10
Ms. Rong Fu, Instructor of Graduate School of Economics presented a paper entitled “Moral Hazard in The Long-Term Care Market : Evidence From Japanese Claims Data (co-author : Haruko Noguchi)” at 12th World Congress of International Health Economics Association (iHEA) in Boston University.
2017.7.10
Ms. Yuichi Watanabe, a PhD student of Graduate School of Economics presented a paper entitled “What Determines Surgeons' Efficiency in The Operating Rooms?-Surgical Panel Data Analysis OF A Japanese Large-Scale Hospital (co-authors : Haruko Noguchi, Yoshinori Nakata)” at 12th World Congress of International Health Economics Association (iHEA) in Boston University.
2017.6.3
A symposium entitled “How we face “transition period of social welfare” in developed countries: Possibility of “citizen driven” social welfare in the case study of Bangladesh” was organized by Waseda Institute of Social and Human Capital Studies (WISH), W-BRIDGE (Waseda-Bridgestone Initiative for Development of Global Environment) and GCMP (Global Change Makers Program).
2017.4.18
“Empirical and theoretical research on social welfare in sustainable society” was adopted as one of research project funded by Organization for University Research Initiatives of Waseda University (FY2017 – FY2019). Based on the research project, Waseda Institute of Social and Human Capital Studies (WISH) were established.
2017.3.21
As a part of WISH research projects, “Effects of the prevention policy of lifestyle related disease on labor productivity and macro economy from viewpoint of cost-effective analysis” was adopted as one of Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research Project funded by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (FY2017 – FY2018).
2016.4.1
As a part of WISH research projects, “Empirical research on the mechanism of the accumulation of children’s human capital - Learning from Challenge of Adachi Ward -” was adopted as one of Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) (FY2016 – FY2019).