Michiko Ueda(Associate Professor, Faculty of Political Science and Economics)

(1)Specialized fields

Suicidology and Suicide Prevention, Public Health, Social Epidemiology, American Political Institutions, Legislative Elections, Representation and Electoral Systems


Michiko Ueda is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Political Science and Economics at Waseda University. Prior to joining Waseda, she was a research assistant professor at Syracuse University and an assistant professor at the California Institute of Technology and a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo, Waseda University, and the Economic and Social Research Institute in the Cabinet Office. Although she is a political scientist by training, she is also interested in suicide prevention, and has published articles in the areas of suicide prevention, public health, and political science. Her current research interests include social media and mental health, and the prevention of railway suicide. She has received the 56th Nikkei Prize for Excellent Books in Economic Science as well as the Best Paper Award by the Japanese Association of Electoral Studies and the Jewell-Loewenberg Award by the Legislative Studies section of the American Political Science Association. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006.

(3)Selected publications

Ueda M., Mori K. Matsubayashi T. Sawada Y.(2017)
Tweeting celebrity suicides: Users' reaction to prominent suicide deaths on Twitter and subsequent increases in actual suicides.
Social Science and Medicine (in press) ,https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.06.032

Tetsuya Matsubayashi Michiko Ueda.2016
“Suicides and Accidents on Birthdays: Evidence from Japan.”
Social Science & Medicine ,159: 61-72.

Tetsuya Matsubayashi Michiko Ueda.2015
“Relative Age in School and Suicide among Young Individuals in Japan: A Regression Discontinuity Approach.”

Michiko Ueda., Yasuyuki Sawada, and Tetsuya Matsubayashi. 2015.
“The Effectiveness of Installing Physical Barriers for Preventing Railway Suicides and Accidents: Evidence from Japan.”
Journal of Affective Disorders ,178: 1-4.

Book manuscript, “Toward Evidence-Based Suicide Prevention: Perspectives from Economics and Political Science.”
(with Yasuyuki Sawada and Tetsuya Matsubashi), Yuhikaku (2013); an updated English version is forthcoming from Springer in 2017
(“Economic Analysis of Suicide Prevention: Towards Evidence-Based Policymaking”).