Program Manager Profile

Norio Usui

Professor of Development Economics and Development Practice Global Management Studies The University of Nagano

Norio Usui is Professor of Development Economics/Development Practice at the Department of Global Management Studies, The University of Nagano, Japan. He teaches undergraduate courses—development economics, introductory economics, macroeconomics, and microeconomics. Before joining the University, he worked for Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, Philippines, for over 15 years (2000-2002 and 2005-2019): Pacific Department, Southeast Asia Department, Central and West Asia Department, and Economics and Research Department. He managed economic monitoring and policy dialogues with over 15 developing countries in Asia and the Pacific. Before moving to ADB, he was posted as an associate/assistant professor of development economics at Kansai University (2002-2005), Chiba University (1993-2000), and the University of Shizuoka (1991-1993), in Japan. He filled the posts of a resident policy advisor for the Indonesian Government during the Asian financial crisis (1998-2000), a team leader for JBIC's study on Indonesia's fiscal decentralization (2002-2003), and an advisor for the Japanese Government for the country operation strategy for Indonesia (2003-2004).

He holds a MA and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Tokyo, Japan, and completed the executive training on new thinking on growth and development policy at Kennedy School, Harvard University.

His papers have appeared in several journals such as World Development, Resources Policy, Singapore Economic Review, and Cambridge Journal of Economics.

He has extensive media coverage, including New York Times, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, CNN, NIKKEI, and most of the Philippines media.