The focus of my research is the roles that rural communities play in developing countries and evaluating the impact of development projects. In developing countries where market mechanisms and government services are limited, communities play an essential role in compensating for these limitations. I have analyzed irrigation water management, pesticide use, and risk sharing in rural Sri Lanka and the Philippines, using experimental and econometric approaches. Impact evaluation has been an important topic in both academic research and international development practice in recent years, and I have analyzed the impact of infrastructure construction and agricultural training on the economic welfare of people in developing countries.
Current research projects
Currently, I am continuing my research on community formation and transformation through ongoing household surveys and economic experiments in rural Sri Lanka. As a new research topic, I am also studying the impact of foreign direct investment on long-term industrial development, using the Thai automotive industry as a case study. I have also begun a research project on contract farming in Cambodia, with a focus on institutional aspects such as the contractual arrangements between firms and farmers. I am also using geographic data to research environmental conservation in developing countries.