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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.A., Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley
Contact
cedmonds [at mark]tiu.ac.jp

Christopher Edmonds

Biographical Statement
(August 2017)

Christopher Edmonds is Associate Professor of Development and International Economics, Institute for International Strategy, Tokyo International University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) from the University of California- Berkeley (UC-Berkeley) in 1998. He had previously obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in 1985, and Master’s Degrees in ARE from UC-Berkeley (1991) and in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago (1988).

Dr. 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); and contributed chapters to several other monographs.

Before joining the faculty of the Institute for International Strategy, Dr. 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 worked on a number of ADB’s technical assistance projects in the Pacific Region and joined project teams preparing ADB loan and grant projects. He also provided economic inputs to various loan operations and programming efforts for the Pacific Department.

Over more than a dozen years of service at ADB Dr. 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), Dr. Edmonds developed sovereign investment projects in the agricultural (food security) and environmental areas in China and Mongolia.

Dr. 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 and Key Indicators, and led the team that prepared the Chapter on Preferential Trading Arrangements in 2002.
Dr. 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 causes of low birth weight infants, and he generated indicators tracking the social and economic well-being of Hawaiin families.

From 2003 to 2006, Dr. 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 U.S.’s China trade policy, rural and agricultural development, and the role of the growth in the tourism sector in the broader economic development in selected Asian countries. He taught development economics focusing on macroeconomic/structural issues to graduate students, and was a frequent guest lecturer in the Economics Department (e.g., development economics, tourism economics) at UH-M.

After completing his Ph.D., Christopher joined the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) as an Affiliate Scientist at where he researched land use change and technology adoption in rain-fed rice growing areas of Eastern India (Bihar Plateau) and Vietnam (Mekong Delta). He worked with an international and multidisciplinary team developing econometrically-based simulation models of farm decision-making that integrated 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.
Dr. 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, Annual “Pacific Update” Conferences). 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).

Dr. 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, Dr. Edmonds has benefitted from a number of fellowships and professional honors, 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 Scholar (1987-88).

Selected Publications by Christopher EDMONDS

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • 2014
  • “Sustainability implications of the evolution of rice farming amid rural poverty.” With P. Banik and N. Fuwa. Journal of Sustainable Development 7(4): 282-297.
  • 2014
  • “Effect of approved destination status on Mainland Chinese travel abroad.” With S. Arita and S. LaCroix. Asian Economic Journal 28(3): 217-237.
  • 2012
  • “A cost analysis of EPA and DHA in fish, supplements, and foods.” With C. Watters, L. Rosner, K. Sloss, and P.S. Leung. Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences 2(8): 2-8.
  • 2011
  • “The impact of approved destination status on Chinese travel abroad: An econometric analysis.” With S. Arita, S. LaCroix and J. Mak. Tourism Economics 17(October): 983-996. Working paper version of paper available on-line at http://www.economics.hawaii.edu/research/workingpapers/WP_09-18.pdf.
  • 2008
  • “China trade: Busting gravity’s bounds.” With S. LaCroix and Y. Li. Journal of Asian Economics 19(November-December): 455-466. Available on-line at http://www.sciencedirect.com/.
  • 2008
  • “Impact of cross-border transport infrastructure on trade and investment in GMS.”Integration & Trade 28(January-June): 267-296. With M. Fujimura. Earlier version disseminated as ADBI Discussion Paper (April, 2006) no. 48 (http://www.iadb.org/intal/intalcdi/integracion_comercio/i_INTAL_I&T_28_2008_Edmonds_Fujimura.pdf).
  • 2007
  • “Are small-scale rice farmers in eastern India really inefficient? Examining the effects of microtopography on technical efficiency estimates.” With N. Fuwa and P. Banik. Agricultural Economics36: 335-346. Early version available as EWC Working Paper-Economics Series (May) no. 79( http://www.eastwestcenter.org/stored/pdfs/ECONwp079.pdf).
  • 2006
  • “The impact of 9/11 and other terrible global events on tourism in the U.S. and Hawaii.” With C. Bonham and J. Mak. Journal of Travel Research45(August): 99-110. Paper is also available as EWC Working Paper-Economics Series (February) no. 87( http://www.eastwestcenter.org/stored/pdfs/ECONwp087.pdf).
  • 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 Review21: 57-78. Available on-line at( http://www.adb.org/ documents/periodicals/adr/pdf/ADR-Vol21-2-Edmonds.pdf).
  • 2003
  • “Asian regionalism and its effects on trade in the 1980s and 1990s.” With R. Clarete and J. Seddon Wallack. Journal of Asian Economics214: 91-131.
  • 1999
  • “The effect of technology transfer program participation on small farms in Chile.” Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Agricultural Economics Association,August 1999, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Books

  • In
    Press
  • Evolving Pacific Linkages: How overseas markets are driving Pacific island development. Editor and coauthor with M. Dornan, G. Finin, J. Gibson, F.X. Hezel, I. Noy, B. Radoc, P. Sourdin, and K. Suominen. Book in press with Australian National University Press (Pacific Series), Canberra.
  • 2015
  • Pacific Opportunities: Leveraging Asia's Growth. With E. Veve and M. Helble. Manila, Philippines: ADB. Available on-line at: https://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/publication/161895/adbi-pacific-leveraging-asias-growth.pdf.
  • 2003
  • Reducing Poverty in Asia: Emerging Issues in Growth, Targeting, and Measurement.(Editor and Author). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • 2002
  • Defining an Agenda for Poverty Reduction: Proceedings of the First Asia and Pacific Forum on Poverty(Volume 1). Editor, with S. Collins Medina (co-editor). Manila: Asian Development Bank. Available on-line at http://www.adb.org/ Documents/Books/Defining_Agenda_Poverty_Reduction/Vol_1/Defining_Agenda_Poverty_Reduction_ vol1.pdf.
  • Book Chapters

  • 2008
  • “Road infrastructure and regional economic integration: Evidence from the Mekong.” With M. Fujimura. InInfrastructure and Trade in Asia. Edited by D. Brooks and J. Menon. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. Pp. 143-172.
  • 2007
  • “China’s rise as an international trading power.” With S. La Croix and Y. Li. InChina’s Emergent Political Economy - Capitalism in the Dragon’s Lair.Edited by C. McNally. London and New York: Routledge Publishers. Pp. 169-189
  • 2004
  • “Preferential trade agreements and China's trade.” With R. Clarete and J. Wallack. In Asian Economic Cooperation in the New Millennium: China's Economic Presence,edited by C. Wiemer and H. Cao. Singapore: World Scientific. Pp. 385-423.
  • 2001
  • “Application of existing primary survey data in poverty impact analysis at the project level.” With O. Dupriez. In The Handbook for Integrating Poverty Impact Assessment in the Economic Analysis of Projects. Manila: Asian Development Bank. Pp.45-66. Available on-line at: http://www.adb.org /Documents/Handbooks/PIA_Eco_Analysis/appendix.pdf.
  • 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.” With S. Kam, H. Viet, and L. Villano. InRice Research For Food Security And Poverty Alleviation edited by S. Peng and B. Hardy. Los Baños, Philippines: International Rice Research Institute. Pp. 667-676.
  • 2000
  • “Integration of biophysical and socioeconomic constraints in rainfed lowland rice farm characterization: Techniques, issues, and ongoing IRRI research.” With S Kam. InCharacterizing and Understanding Rainfed Environmentsedited by T. Tuong, S. Kam, L. Wade, S. Pandey, B. Bouman, and B. Hardy. Los Baños, Philippines: International Rice Research Institute. Pp. 441-469.
  • Articles, Reports, and Working Papers

  • 2017
  • “The impact of road development on household welfare in rural Papua New Guinea.” With M. Wiegand, E. Koomen, and M. Pradhan. Tinbergen Institute Discussion paper17-076/V (August 2017), available on-line at: http://www.tinbergen.nl/discussionpaper/?paper=2805.
  • 2016
  • “The economic and fiscal burdens of disasters in the Pacific.” With I. Noy. University of Victoria of Wellington, School of Economics and Finance Working Paper25/2016 (November), available on-line at: http://hdl.handle.net/10063/5439.
  • 2016
  • “Trust funds in the Pacific: Operation and performance update.” With R. Boumphrey and M. Wulfsohn. Distributed and presented at the 16th Annual Pacific Region Investment Conference(PRIC), December. Presentation available on-line at: http://www.apafs.org/resources/files/ presentation%20by%20Edmonds%20(1%20Dec%202016).pdf.
  • 2016
  • “Absorptive capacity and the impact of commodity terms of trade shocks in resource export-dependent economies.” With A. Terada-Hagiwara, M. Villaruel. ADB Economics Working PaperNo. 487 (June), available on-line at: https://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/publication /185357 /ewp-487.pdf
  • 2016
  • “Managing rising fisheries license revenues in the Pacific.” With R. Boumphrey, R. Rabanal, B. Radoc, and C. Tinio. Pacific Economic Monitor,July: 22-27. Issues online at: https://www.adb. org/publications/series/pacific-economic-monitor.
  • 2015
  • “The determinants of visitor arrivals in the Pacific: A gravity model analysis.” With B. Radoc.Pacific Economic Monitor(December): 23-25.
  • 2015
  • “Hosting major Pacific events: Boon or bane?” With P. Cruz & R. Rabanal.Pacific Economic Monitor(December): 26-27.
  • 2014
  • “Long-run growth forecasts for Asia: Opportunities and challenges for the Pacific economies.” With M. Helble, R. Boumphrey, P. Cruz, and R. Francisco.Pacific Economic Monitor(December): 18-20.
  • 2014
  • “Fiscal management challenges in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste.” With A. Batten, D. Freedman, and R. Rabanal.Pacific Economic Monitorr(December): 21-25.
  • 2014
  • “Update on fiscal modeling efforts in the Pacific.” With C. Tinio & J. Wolff. Pacific Economic Monitor(December): 26-7.
  • 2014
  • “Realizing job needs across the Pacific.” With A. Parker.Pacific Economic Monitor(July): 18-21.
  • 2013
  • “Economics of climate change in the Pacific.” With R. Boumphrey, I. Ferino, J. Hernandez, R. Rabanal, and C. Tinio. Pacific Economic Monitor(December): 18-22.
  • 2013
  • “Climate change impacts on Pacific agriculture.” With R. Boumphrey.Pacific Economic Monitor(December): 23-25.
  • 2013
  • “New trade cost estimates for the Pacific.” With I. Ferino and J. Hernandez.Pacific Economic Monitor(July): 27-31.
  • 2012
  • “Changing tides– Evolving North Pacific economic linkages?“ With J. Hernandez, R. Rabanal, and C. Tinio.Pacific Economic Monitor(December): 27-30.
  • 2012
  • “Simple fiscal management models for the Pacific.” With J. La Rosa, and S. Narube.Pacific Economic Monitor(March): 21-23.
  • 2011
  • “Sovereign investment funds in the Pacific: Impact of recent global economic developments.” With J. Hernandez, J. La Rosa, R. Rabanal, and C. Tinio.Pacific Economic Monitor(December): 25-30.
  • 2011
  • “Managing price volatility.” With J. Hernandez, R. Rabanal, and C. Tinio. Pacific Economic Monitor(July): 22-24.
  • 2011
  • “Sources of growth in the Pacific.” With J. Hernandez, R. Rabanal, and C. Tinio.Pacific Economic Monitor(July): 25-29.
  • 2010
  • “A new perspective on China trade growth: Application of a new index of bilateral trade intensity.” With Y. Li. University of Hawaii Economics Department Working Paper,available on-line at: http://www.economics.hawaii.edu/research/workingpapers/WP_10-25.pdf.
  • 2006
  • “Terrorism and tourism in the Asia Pacific Region: Is travel and tourism in a new world after 9/11?” With J. Mak.EWC Working Paper—Economics Series No. 86. (http://www.eastwestcenter.org/stored/ pdfs/ECONwp086.pdf).
  • 2005
  • “Relative economic decline and unrealized demographic opportunity in the Philippines.” With M. Fujimura.Aoyama Journal of Economics (Aoyama Keizai Ronshu)57(June): 39-68. Also available as EWC Working Paper—Economics Series (May) no.77 (http://www.eastwestcenter.org/stored/pdfs/ECONwp077.pdf).
  • 2004
  • “Contribution of tourism to poverty alleviation: Pro-poor tourism and the challenge of measuring impacts.” With W. Jamieson and H. Goodwin. Paper prepared for UN-ESCAP and presented at theExpert Meeting on Measuring the Impact of Pro Poor Tourism Initiatives and Policies,Bangkok, Thailand (Oct. 4-5). (http://haroldgoodwin.info/resources /povertyalleviation.pdf).
  • 2004
  • “Natural resource endowments, subsistence agriculture, and poverty in the Chhotanagpur Plateau.” With P. Banik, N. Fuwa, S. Kam, L. Villano, and D.K. Bagchi.International Rice Research Institute Discussion Paperno. 47 (http://www.irri.org/publications/discussion/pdfs/ DP47.pdf).
  • 2002
  • “What route to free trade?” With J.P. Verbiest. ADB Review, September - October. Available on-line at ( http://www.adb.org/Documents/Periodicals/ ADB_ Review/2002/vol34_5 /vol34_5.pdf).
  • 2002
  • “The role of preferential trading arrangements in Asia.” With J.P. Verbiest. ERD Policy Brief Seriesno. 8. Available on-line at ( http://www.adb.org/Documents/EDRC/Policy_Briefs/PB008. pdf).
  • 1998
  • “Policy regimes, agrarian institutions, and the performance of smallholder agriculture in Chile: Three essays analyzing longitudinal survey data on Chilean peasant farms - 1986 to 1995,” (Ph.D. Dissertation). Berkeley: University of California, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Policy, 273p.