I am an assistant professor in Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University.
Full CV and contact are available in PDF here.
Development Economics, Economic History, Political Economy, and Urban Economics.
I am an organizer of Kobe Development Economics and Economic History Seminar (Kobe-DEEH).
Political Statement Cycle (with Jun Goto and Tomoko Matsumoto) [wp in SSRN]
While re-election motives are essential to control politicians, they may result in words without actions to win elections. Using minutes of assembly meetings, we find that politicians' statements follow election cycles; during the election years, politicians temporarily change their statements (e.g. stated amount of money) in the budget-making process and their stated topics become less consistent with the realized budget. The effects are larger for those who win a narrower election. These changes are associated with a higher probability of winning in the next election. The results imply that politicians lure voters with attractive statements without changing their actual policies.