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Christopher Edmonds
クリストファー エドモンズ

Associate Professor
Development and International Economics
  • B.S., Cornell University
  • M.A., University of Chicago
  • M.S., Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley
cedmonds [at mark]

Christopher Edmonds

Biographical Statement
(August 2017)

Christopher Edmonds is Associate Professor of Development and International Economics at Tokyo International University’s Institute of International Strategy. He obtained his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) from the University of California - Berkeley (UC-Berkeley). He also has Master’s Degrees in ARE from UC-Berkeley and in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago, as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Prof. Edmonds has numerous publications, including papers in the Asian Development Review, Asian Economic Journal, Journal of Asian Economics, Agricultural Economics, Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences, Journal of Sustainable Development, Tourism Economics, and the Journal of Travel Research. He has edited/authored three books—Pacific Opportunities: Leveraging Asia’s Growth (Asian Development Bank and Asian Development Bank Institute, 2015), Reducing Poverty in Asia: Emerging Issues in Growth, Targeting, and Measurement (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2003), and Defining an Agenda for Poverty Reduction: Proceedings of the First Asia and Pacific Forum on Poverty (Asian Development Bank, 2002). He has also contributed chapters to several monographs in his areas of research.

Before joining the faculty of the Institute for International Strategy, Prof. Edmonds was Senior Economist in the Pacific Department at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), where he managed the Department’s economics team and acted as Editor-in-Chief for the Department’s flagship publication, the Pacific Economic Monitor. He led work on a number of ADB’s technical assistance projects in the Pacific Region and contributed to project teams preparing ADB loan and grant projects. He also provided economic inputs to various donor coordination and programming efforts for the Pacific Department.

Over more than a dozen years of service at ADB, Prof. Edmonds held a number of posts, including working as an Economist in the Strategy and Policy Department (2008-09) where he oversaw the performance based allocation of concessional loans/grants. There he also worked on country performance assessment, country programming, debt sustainability analysis, and related technical assistance activities. In ADB’s East Asia Regional Department (2006-08), he developed sovereign investment projects in the agricultural (food security) and environmental areas in China and Mongolia.

Prof. Edmonds began his career at ADB in the Economics Research Department (2000-03) where he carried out research on economic policy in Asian economies, including country macroeconomic assessment and quantitative policy and distribution analysis. He prepared write-ups (country chapters) for ADB’s flagship economic publications, the Asian Development Outlook (ADO) and Key Indicators, and led the team that prepared the ADO theme chapter on preferential trading arrangements in 2002.

Prof. Edmonds was an Assistant Professor/Specialist at the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, the University of Hawaii-Manoa (UH-M), from 2009 to 2011. There, he taught economics, worked on research and extension projects studying efforts to reduce childhood obesity in the Pacific Islands and the causes of low birth weight infants, and he generated indicators tracking the social and economic well-being of families in Hawaii.

From 2003 to 2006, Prof. Edmonds held concurrent appointments as a Research Fellow in the East-West Center (EWC) and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Economics Department of UH-M. At the EWC, he worked on the Center’s education and outreach efforts to improve the understanding of economic developments in Asia. His research focused on the China’s export growth, rural and agricultural development in Asia, and the role of the developments in tourism sectors in selected Asian countries. He taught graduate-level development economics, and was a periodic guest lecturer in UH-M’s Economics Department courses (e.g., development economics, tourism economics).

After completing his Ph.D., Prof. Edmonds joined the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines as an Affiliate Scientist. There he researched land use change and technology adoption in rain-fed rice growing areas of Eastern India (Bihar Plateau) and Vietnam (Mekong Delta). Working with an international and multidisciplinary team, he developed simulation models of farm decision-making integrating socioeconomic and biophysical factors. He also worked with a Thai NGO in directing data collection and analysis for a needs assessment and evaluation of a rice technology project in northeast Thailand.

Prof. Edmonds has been a frequent speaker at conferences, seminars, and workshops, and has led the organization of several large international conferences (e.g., ADB’s 2001 Poverty Forum, and Annual “Pacific Update” Conferences in coordination with faculty from Australian National University and the University of the South Pacific. His most recent presentations include one on the state of trust funds in the Pacific at the 16th Annual Pacific Region Investment Conference and an ADBI-OECD Seminar on Financing Quality Infrastructure for Long-Term Investment, in Hanoi, Vietnam (both in December 2016).

Prof. Edmonds is a member of numerous professional organizations, and acts as a reviewer on submissions to a number of journals (e.g., Journal of Asian Economics, Asian Economic Journal, Economics of Disasters and Climate Change, Tourism Economics, Tourism Management, Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing, World Development). He is an accredited investment fiduciary.

During his career, Prof. Edmonds has benefitted from a number of fellowships including a Fulbright dissertation fellowship (1994-95), Rockefeller post-doctoral fellowship for research in agriculture (1998-2000), and Social Science Research Council pre-dissertation and dissertation fellowships (1992-93 and 1994-95). He was Student of the Year of the American Society for Public Administration (Chicago Chapter, 1988), a Presidential Management Internship Awardee (Spring, 1988), and a University of Chicago Urban Policy Scholarship (1987-88).

Selected Publications by Christopher Edmonds

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Banik, P., Edmonds, C., & Fuwa, N. (2014). Sustainability implications of the evolution of rice farming amid rural poverty. Journal of Sustainable Development, 7(4), 282-297.

Arita, S., La Croix, S., & Edmonds, C., (2014). Effect of approved destination status on Mainland Chinese travel abroad. Asian Economic Journal, 28(3), 217-237.

Watters, C., Edmonds, C., Rosner, L., Sloss, K., & Leung P. S. (2012). A cost analysis of EPA and DHA in fish, supplements, and foods. Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences, 2(8), 2-8.

Arita, S., Edmonds, C., LaCroix, S., & Mak, J. (2011, October). The impact of approved destination status on Chinese travel abroad: An econometric analysis. Tourism Economics, 17, 983-996. Working paper version available online

Edmonds, C., La Croix, S., & Li, Y. (2008, November-December). China trade: Busting gravity’s bounds. Journal of Asian Economics, 19, 455-466. Available online

Edmonds, C., & Fujimura, M. (2008, January-June). Impact of cross-border transport infrastructure on trade and investment in the Greater Mekong Subregion. Integration & Trade, 28, 267-296. Earlier version disseminated as ADBI Discussion Paper (April, 2006) no. 48. Available online

Fuwa, N., Edmonds, C., & Banik, P. (2007). Are small-scale rice farmers in eastern India really inefficient? Examining the effects of microtopography on technical efficiency estimates. Agricultural Economics, 36, 335-346. Available online from the publisher (subscription required). Early version available as EWC Working Paper-Economics Series (May) no. 79.

Bonham, C., Edmonds, C., & Mak, J. (2006, August). The impact of 9/11 and other terrible global events on tourism in the U.S. and Hawaii. Journal of Travel Research, 45, 99-110. Working paper version is available: EWC Working Paper-Economics Series (February) no. 87.

Edmonds, C. (2004). The role of infrastructure development in land-use dynamics and increased rice production in the Mekong River Delta of Vietnam in the 1990s. Asian Development Review 21, 57-78. Available online

Clarete, R., Edmonds, C., & Seddon-Wallack, J. (2003). Asian regionalism and its effects on trade in the 1980s and 1990s. Journal of Asian Economics, 214, 91-131.

Edmonds, C. (1999, August). The effect of technology transfer program participation on small farms in Chile. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of The American Agricultural Economics Association. Nashville, TN: AAEA.


Helble, M., Edmonds, C., & Veve, E., & Helble, M. (2015). Pacific opportunities: Leveraging Asia's growth. Manila, Philippines: Asian Development Bank. Available online

Edmonds, C. (Ed.), (2003). Reducing poverty in Asia: Emerging issues in growth, targeting, and measurement. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Edmonds, C., & Collins, S. (Eds.), (2002). Defining an agenda for poverty reduction: Proceedings of the first Asia and Pacific forum on poverty (volume 1). Manila, Philippines: Asian Development Bank. Available online

Book Chapters

Edmonds C., Wiegand M., Koomen E., Pradhan M., & Andrée BPJ (2018). Assessing the impact of road development on household welfare in rural Papua New Guinea. In N. Yoshino, M. Helble, & U. Abidhadjaev (Eds.) Financing infrastructure in Asia and the Pacific: Capturing impacts and new sources (pp. 189-235). Tokyo, Japan: Asian Development Bank Institute. Available online

Edmonds, C., & Fujimura, M. (2008). Road infrastructure and regional economic integration: Evidence from the Mekong. In D. Brooks, & J. Menon (Eds.), Infrastructure and trade in Asia (pp. 143-172). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Edmonds, C., LaCroix, S., & Li, Y. (2007). China’s rise as an international trading power. In C. McNally (Ed.), China’s emergent political economy - Capitalism in the dragon’s lair (pp. 169-189). London and New York: Routledge Publishers.

Clarete, R., Edmonds, C., & Wallack, J. (2004). Preferential trade agreements and China's trade. In C. Wiemer, & H. Cao (Eds.), Asian economic cooperation in the new millennium: China's economic presence (pp. 385-423). Singapore: World Scientific.

Dupriez, O. , & Edmonds, C.(2001). Application of existing primary survey data in poverty impact analysis at the project level. In The handbook for integrating poverty impact assessment in the economic analysis of projects (pp. 45-66). Manila, Philippines: Asian Development Bank. Available online

Edmonds, C., Kam, S., Viet, H., & Villano, L. (2001). Land use dynamics and changes in rice production in the Mekong River Delta in the 1990s: An econometric analysis using longitudinal household survey data. In S. Peng, & B. Hard (Eds.), Rice research for food security and poverty alleviation (pp. 667-676). Los Baños, Philippines: International Rice Research Institute.

Edmonds, C., & Kam, S. (2000). Integration of biophysical and socioeconomic constraints in rainfed lowland rice farm characterization: Techniques, issues, and ongoing IRRI research. In T. Tuong, S. Kam, L. Wade, S. Pandey, B. Bouman, & B. Hardy (Eds.), Characterizing and understanding rainfed environments (441-469). Los Baños, Philippines: International Rice Research Institute.

Articles, Reports, and Working Papers

Wiegand, M., Koomen, E., Pradhan, M., & Edmonds, C. (2017, August). The impact of road development on household welfare in rural Papua New Guinea (TI 2017-076/V). Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Tinbergen Institute. Available online

Noy, I., & Edmonds, C. (2016, November). The economic and fiscal burdens of disasters in the Pacific. Wellington, New Zealand: School of Economics and Finance. Available online

Edmonds, C., Boumphrey, R., Wulfsohn, M., & (2016, November). Trust funds in the Pacific: Operation and performance update. Distributed and presented at the 16th Annual Pacific Region Investment Conference, Manila, Philippines. Presentation available online

Terada-Hagiwara, A., Villauruel, M., & Edmonds, C. (2016, June). Absorptive capacity and the impact of commodity terms of trade shocks in resource export-dependent economies (No. 487). Manila, Philippines: Asian Development Bank. Available online

Boumphrey, R., Edmonds, C., Rabanal, R., Radoc, B., & Tinio, C. (2016, July). Managing rising fisheries license revenues in the Pacific. Pacific Economic Monitor, 22-27. Issues available online

Edmonds, C., & Radoc, B. (2015, December). The determinants of visitor arrivals in the Pacific: A gravity model analysis. Pacific Economic Monitor, 23-25.

Cruz, P., Edmonds, C., & Rabanal, R. (2015, December). Hosting major Pacific events: Boon or bane? Pacific Economic Monitor, 26-27.

Helble, M., Boumphrey, R., Cruz, P., Edmonds, C., & Francisco, R. (2014, December). Long-run growth forecasts for Asia: Opportunities and challenges for the Pacific economies. Pacific Economic Monitor, 18-20.

Batten, A., Edmonds, C., Freedman, D., & Rabanal, R. (2014, December). Fiscal management challenges in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste. Pacific Economic Monitor, 21-25.

Edmonds, C., Tinio, C., & Wolff, J. (2014, December). Update on fiscal modeling efforts in the Pacific. Pacific Economic Monitor, 26-27.