Yasuyuki Sawada

Former Chief Economist
Profile / Bio: 

Yasuyuki Sawada was chief spokesperson on economic and development trends and led the production of ADB’s flagship knowledge products and support for regional cooperation fora. Before joining ADB, he was a Professor of Economics at the University of Tokyo and has led numerous large-scale development policy evaluation projects for various institutions. His key research areas are development economics, microeconomics, the economics of disasters, and field surveys and experiments. He obtained his PhD in Economics from Stanford University.

He was an Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo; an Adjunct Professor of Economics at the Korea University; a Research Associate at the Australia-Japan Research Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University; and a Visiting Researcher at the Asian Development Bank Institute. Previously, he did part-time research work in a variety of institutions, such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Research Institute; the World Bank; Economic Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA); Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS); Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE); International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines; International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Sri Lanka; Research Institute of Economy, Trade, and Industry (RIETI) in Japan; and Japan Society of Promotion of Science (JSPS), where he led a number of large-scale development policy evaluation projects in Asia and other developing countries.

Mr. Sawada holds a Doctorate degree in Economics and a Master's degree in International Development Policy from Stanford University, USA; a Master's degree in International Relations from the University of Tokyo, Japan; a Master's degree in Economics from Osaka University, Japan; and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Keio University, Japan.

He left his position in ADB in August 2021. 




Title Date Learning Materials Topic
Double Burden in the Recovery 10 June 2022 Slides Knowledge Management, Economics, Industry and Trade, Education
On the Effectiveness of Insurance Mechanisms for the Elderly in China 08 September 2021 Slides Capacity Development, Economics, Health
On the Effectiveness of Insurance Mechanisms for the Elderly in China — Draft Paper 08 September 2021 Document Capacity Development, Economics, Health
Brief Presentation on Perspective "Asia's Journey to Prosperity" Publication 16 June 2021 Slides Economics, Finance, Knowledge Management
From Battlefield to Marketplace: Connectivity, Industrialization, and Spatial Convergence in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region 18 May 2021 Slides Economics
Asian Development Outlook 2021 28 April 2021 Slides Economics, Industry and Trade
Toward Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems in Asia and the Pacific 16 March 2021 Slides Agriculture and Natural Resources
[VIDEO] Opening Remarks, Congratulatory Remarks, and Keynote Speech 17 November 2020 Multimedia Education, Evaluation, Health, Poverty
Asian Development Outlook 2019 Update 25 September 2019 Slides Urban Development, Economics
How an Innovative Self-Learning Program Improved Primary Education Results in Bangladesh 06 November 2018 Slides Education, Knowledge Management
Asian Development Outlook 2018 Report on How Technology Affects Jobs 27 April 2018 Slides Economics, ICT
Do Community-Managed Schools Facilitate Social Capital Accumulation? Evidence from COGES Project in Burkina Faso 04 September 2014 Slides Education, Social Development and Protection