Core Lab Members

Prof. Carlos Mendez (Academic director)

After studying Commercial Engineering in Bolivia and Chile, I worked as a consultant for Pro-Mujer International, The World Bank, DANIDA, and JICA. I have a M.A. and a Ph.D. in International Development from Nagoya University. My research interests focus on the integration of econometrics, spatial data science, and machine learning methods to understand and inform the process of economic growth and development of countries, regions, industries, and firms. In particular, my current research deals with (1) the quantitative geography of poverty and inequality; (2) regional economic growth and convergence; (3) regional labor markets outcomes and macroeconomic shocks; and (4) structural change and firm productivity dynamics.

Current research projects:

  • Testing for Distributional Divergence in the Pillars of Global Sustainable Development: Integrating the Insights from a New Hierarchical Clustering Algorithm
  • Convergence Clubs in Labor Productivity and its Proximate Sources: Evidence from Developed and Developing Countries
  • Regional Income Inequality, Convergence, and Spatial Effects: Evidence from Satellite Nightlight Data
  • Human Development Inequality across Sub-national Regions of the World
  • Revisiting Regional Convergence in Japan: A Spatial Distribution Dynamics Approach
  • Regional Convergence, Spatial Scale, and Spatial Dependence: Evidence from Homicides and Personal Injuries in Colombia 2010-2018
  • Human Development and Spatial Effects across Districts in Indonesia
  • Regional Income Disparities, Distributional Convergence, and Spatial Effects: Evidence from the Indonesian Districts 2000-2017
  • Multidimensional Globalization and Regional Inequality
  • Regional Inequality Dynamics in Africa: Evidence from Satellite Nightlight Data
  • Okun’s law and regional spillovers in Indonesian unemployment
  • On the distribution dynamics of TFP: Evidence from light manufacturing firms
  • Productivity Differences and Convergence Clubs in the Asean Community

Felipe Santos-Marquez (Operations coordinator)

After studying Physics and Astronomy at the National University of Colombia I moved to Australia where I lived for 5 years. In Melbourne I studied commercial cookery and worked in several restaurants as a Chef. I would like to work as a Researcher in the near future and for that reason am currently studying and researching at Nagoya University. My research interests are: Inequality, Development, Macroeconomics and Sociophysics.

Current research projects:

  • Achieving the SDGs in Colombia: A study of national convergence and regional differences
  • Regional Convergence, Spatial Scale, and Spatial Dependence: Evidence from Homicides and Personal Injuries in Colombia 2010-2018
  • Regional Income Disparities, Distributional Convergence, and Spatial Effects: Evidence from the Indonesian Districts 2000-201
  • Regional Inequality Dynamics in Africa: Evidence from Satellite Nightlight Data
  • Regional Inequality and Spatial Dependence in ASEAN: Evidence from Satellite Nightlight Data

Harry Aginta

Hello, I am Harry. I earned BA in Economics from North Sumatera University Indonesia in 2004 and MA in Economics from Internasional University of Japan in 2013. I have been working at the central bank of Indonesia for 12 years. Now I am enrolled as a research student and planning to continue to Doctoral program in April 2020. My research interest is related to regional inflation and growth dynamics, monetary policy in Indonesia.

Current research projects:

  • Regional Inflation Dynamics and the Role of Spatial Factors: The Case of Indonesia
  • Regional Disparities, Convergence Clubs, and Spatial Effects: Evidence from Indonesia
  • Okun’s law and regional spillovers in Indonesian unemployment

Cani Miranti

Hello I am Cani from Indonesia. I graduated from Indonesian State College of Statistics (STIS) Jakarta and my educational background is Social and Population Statistics.I started my career working as the government staff and statistician in Indonesian Bureau of Statistics, exactly Binjai City Bureau of Statistics. Currently, I am pursuing my master’s at the Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University. My research interests are: Poverty, Population and Economic Growth and Inequality.

Current research projects:

  • Pro-Poor Growth in Indonesia: Regional Convergence and Spatial Effects
  • Human development dynamics and Spatial Effects across the districts of Indonesia

Siew Sook Yan

Hello! I am Sook Yan from Malaysia and I have just recently earned my Bachelors degree in International Studies from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in South Korea last year, followed by a humanitarian mission to Timor-Leste under the Malaysian Youth and Sports Ministry prior coming to Nagoya University.

Current research projects:

  • Regional Inequality, Spatial Spillovers, and Convergence: Evidence from the Malaysian Districts
  • Human development inequality, convergence, and spatial effects in Asia Pacific

Anang Gunawan

Hi, I’m Anang from Indonesia. I got my bachelor degree from Department of Economics, Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia. I started my career working as an economist at the Office of Chief Economist in Bank Mandiri (one of the Stated Owned Enterprise in the Banking sector) in Jakarta for two and a half years. Then I moved to the Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas) as regional development planner up to now. During my work in Bappenas, I received a scholarship from the Australian Government to continue my master degree at the School of Economics, The University of Queensland, Australia. Three years after I finished my master degree, I received another scholarship from my office to continue my Ph.D. degree here at Nagoya University. My research interests are (1) regional development and inequality; (2) Industrial development and productivity.

Current research projects:

  • Designing Industrial Policies for Growth, Equality and Poverty Reduction in Indonesia
  • Regional Disparities, Convergence Clubs, and Spatial Effects: Evidence from Indonesia
  • Regional Income Disparities, Distributional Convergence, and Spatial Effects: Evidence from the Indonesian Districts 2000-2017

Waruni Perera

I finished my bachelors in Computation and Management at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka in 2015 and I started my master’s at the Nagoya University and currently, I’m doing my Ph.D. on the topic microfinance in Sri Lanka.

Current research projects:

  • Convergence of financial and social performance of microfinance institutions: Classical and distribution dynamics
  • Globalization and Convergence Clubs

Katikar Tipayalai

Hello, I’m Katie. After studying political science and managerial economics in Thailand, I started my career working as a government officer in the Ministry of Finance in Bangkok. Then, I received a great opportunity from the Government of Japan to pursue my degree in Nagoya. My research interest is related to international labor migration, particularly in Southeast Asian countries.

Current research projects:

  • International labor migration in Thailand
  • Globalization and Convergence Clubs