Shinnosuke Kikuchi

Ph.D. student

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


I am a first year Ph.D. student at MIT Economics. My main research themes are Macroeconomics and Inequality. I work on a broad array of topics which overlap with Labor Economics, Public Economics, and Development Economics.


  • Macroeconomics
  • Inequality
  • Labor economics
  • Public economics
  • Development economics


  • Ph.D. in Economics, 2019 - (current)

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • M.A. in Economics, 2017 - 2019

    University of Tokyo

  • B.A. in Economics, 2012 - 2016

    University of Tokyo

Work in Progress

  • “Technology, Inequality, and Aggregate Demand”
    SSRN version

  • “Welfare Effects of Polarization: Occupational Mobility over a Life-cycle”
    (Draft available soon)
    joint with Sagiri Kitao(UTokyo)

Past Employment

McKinsey & Company - Tokyo, Japan
Business Analyst, Jan 2017 - Mar 2018

Relevant Potitions

MIT Department of Economics - Cambridge, MA, USA
Research Assistant to Josh Angrist, Oct 2019 -

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare - Tokyo, Japan
Policy Adviser, July 2019

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry - Tokyo, Japan
Lecturer, Apr 2019 - July 2019
- Provide lectures on graduate-level economic growth theory

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science - Tokyo, Japan
Research Fellow, Apr 2019 - July 2019

Goldman Sachs - Tokyo, Japan
Research Intern, Nov 2018 - Apr 2019

Center for Research and Education in Program Evaluation - Tokyo, Japan
Trainee, Apr 2018 - Mar 2019

Honors and Fellowships

Graduate Fellowship2019 - 2024
MIT Department of Economics

Nakajima Foundation Scholarship2019 - 2021
Nakajima Foundation (link in Japanese)

Grant-in-Aid for Research FellowApr 2019 - July 2019
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
- Project Number 19J20069
- JPY 3,100,000(roughly equal to USD 30,000)

ValedictorianMar 2016
University of Tokyo
- Given to 2 graduating seniors by academic achievement in the University, of over 3,000 total

Summa Cum LaudeMar 2016
Department of Economics, University of Tokyo
- Given to 1 graduating senior by academic achievement in the Department of Economics, of over 400 total