ESRI International Conference for International
Collaboration Projects 2021/2022
Research on COVID-19 crisis and post-COVID economy and society

Economic and Social Research Institute
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan

1.Research Questions

The ESRI carries out a joint research project to investigate the COVID-19 crisis and post-COVID economy and society. This project brings together the wisdom of researchers of universities and research institutes around the world. It aims to accumulate high quality evidence based on international comparisons and micro data,etc.,and to strengthen our intellectual preparation for similar crises in the future. At the same time, we look at the global transformation of the economy and society toward the post-COVID era, and explore the direction of policies.

Two themes("What can we learn from COVID-19 Shock? "and"How will Economy and Society change after the Pandemic?")have been set and implemented in a two-year plan.

What can we learn from COVID-19 Shock?:Accumulation of evidence through workshops, etc.

In this project, the ESRI conducts a comprehensive analysis of the situation and the characteristics of policy responses in Japan and major countries, as well as research on the effects and challenges of policy responses to the COVID-19 shock and the subsequent recovery process by using micro data and big data. We also study the changes that are taking place in the economic and social systems as a result of the behavior changes of people and corporations.

Our goal is to accumulate high quality evidence by sharing research results through workshops and conducting surveys and international comparative studies based on these results.

The lead researcher: Isamu YAMAMOTO (Professor, Keio University)

How will Economy and Society change after the Pandemic?: International Roundtable.

On the prospects and policy directions for the post-COVID economy and society, International Roundtable was held with researchers from Japan and the United States. In 2021,Based on the changes that the pandemic has brought to the economies and societies of Japan, the U.S. and other developed countries, we consolidate and organize issues and research topics on important policy issues in the post-COVID economy and society.In 2022, we will discuss research results and measures to address these issues.

The lead researcher: Takeo HOSHI (Professor,the University of Tokyo)

Outline of International Roundtable "Economy and Society after the Pandemic"

Date:
October 17, 2021
Method:
Online (Zoom meeting)

2.What can we learn from COVID-19 Shock?:Accumulation of evidence through workshops, etc.

In 2021, we discuss various issues related to COVID-19 shocks from three perspectives through workshops (WS). In WS1, "Impacts of COVID-19 and policy responses: employment, households and consumption", in WS2, "Impacts of COVID-19 and policy responses on firms", and in WS3, "Impacts of behavior changes of people and firms on the economic and social system" were organized twice each.

WS1 : Impacts of COVID-19 and policy responses: employment, households and consumption

Moderator: Hiroshi TERUYAMA (Professor, Kyoto University)

the 1st(Date: October 18th, 2021)
Japan's Voluntary Lockdown
Tsutomu WATANABE(The University of Tokyo)
Fear of COVID-19 Contagion: The Idiosyncratic Effects of an Aggregate Pandemic Shock
Yoshiyuki NAKAZONO(Economic and Social Research Institute)
Changes in time use due to working from home during COVID-19: the 'new normal' of everyday life
Tomohiro TAKAMI(The Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training)
the 2nd(Date: October 25th, 2021)
COVID-19 and the Employment Gender Gap
Shintaro YAMAGUCHI(The University of Tokyo)
Telework in the spread of COVID-19
Toshihiro OKUBO(Keio University)
Describing the impacts of COVID-19 on the labor market in Japan until June 2020
Taiyo FUKAI(Economic and Social Research Institute)
The rapid increase of teleworking during the COVID-19 pandemic and the emergence of new inequality
Kayoko ISHII(Keio University)

WS2 : Impacts of COVID-19 and policy responses on firms

Moderator: Miho TAKIZAWA (Professor, Gakushuin University)

the 1st(Date: October 29th, 2021)
Results of a Firm Survey after the Spread of COVID-19 in Japan
Iichiro UESUGI(Hitotsubashi University)
Firm Dynamics during COVID-19 Pandemic
Daisuke MIYAGAWA(Hitotsubashi University)
the 2nd(Date: November 12th, 2021)
Management, telework and technology
Ryo KAMBAYASHI(Hitotsubashi University)
Study on the impact of COVID19 infection on the accommodation industry
Takeshi KURIHARA(Toyo University)
Hideyuki YAMAJI(Economic and Social Research Institute)

WS3 : Impacts of behavior changes of people and firms on the economic and social system

Moderator:Takashi OSHIO (Professor, Hitotsubashi University)

the 1st(Date: September 29th, 2021)
Alcohol purchasing during the Covid-19 pandemic
Ryota NAKAMURA(Hitotsubashi University)
Financial Meltdown in "Swing Hospitals" during the COVID-19 Outbreak
Reo TAKAKU(Hitotsubashi University)
Political economy of fiscal deficit in the post Covid 19 era
Motohiro SATO(Hitotsubashi University)
the 2nd(Date: November 30th, 2021)
The paradox of the COVID-19 pandemic: the impact on patient demand in Japanese hospitals
Masako II(Hitotsubashi University)
How healthcare financing responses to the COVID-19 pandemic vary in different health systems
Ayako HONDA(Hitotsubashi University)
Higher School Admission Procedure Reforms in Prewar Japan
Takashi OSHIO(Hitotsubashi University)