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Hiroki Wakamatsu
2900 Kingstown road, Apt 222, Kingston,


Rhode Island, 02881, USA
Tel: 401-855-5049


E-Mail: hirokiwakamatsu@my.uri.edu



Education

[Sep 2005 – present]

Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics,

University of Rhode Island

Ph.D Candidate in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics



[Mar 2004]

Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS),

Kobe University, Kobe, Japan
Master of Arts in Economics
[Mar 2002]

Department of Economics, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan
Bachelor of Arts in Economics



Publications

“Revealing Potential Demand for Eco-labeled Seafood in Japanese Seafood Market” 2010 WWF’s Seafood Guide in Japan, WWF-Japan, Hiroki Wakamtsu, Hirotsugu Uchida, Cathy A. Roheim, Christopher M Anderson.



Bachelor’s thesis: “An Approach for the Problem of Global Warming”, awarded “Challenge 21”

Master’s thesis: “Economic Analysis for Community-Based Fishery Management – Case of the Seto Inland Sea Fishery”



Awards

A major prize of “Challenge 21”, the essay competition of Japan Student Services Organization about the environmental problem among graduate students, 2002.

Travel Fund of CELS Dean’s office at URI to present at the conference of International Institution for Fishery Economics and Trade (IIFET) 2010, France

Presentation

Presented at the conference of International Institution for Fishery Economics and Trade (IIFET) 2010, France




Skills

Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, SAS, STATA, Matlab, GAMS, LaTex, GAUSS and R.



Relevant Experience

Eco partner of WWF-Japan and Research Assistant [May 2009 – Jan 2010]

  • Sustainable Seafood Market Demand Research in Japan

Through a contract with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Japan and WWF-USA, I investigated the potential demand for sustainable seafood (such as Marine Stewardship Counsel (MSC) certified products) in Japanese seafood markets. Asahi Beer Corporation also financially supported the study. I designed and ran experimental auctions to evaluate Japanese consumers' preferences for sustainable seafood. In the experiment, real seafood products with and without MSC eco-labels were auctioned. Some auctions were given information about the MSC certification process, the depletion of fishery stocks, overfishing, and illegal fishing; a control auctions was not. The bids obtained from the auction showed consumers willing to pay up to a 33 yen price premium for MSC products as compared to non MSC products. Informed participants proved significantly more likely to pay the premium. The implementation of the experiment required the cooperation of a wholesaler to modify the products and a retailer to recruit participants. I negotiated with a wholesaler in Tsukiji Market in Tokyo to obtain permission to modify MSC certified products. Through WWF Japan, I gained the assistance of “Co-op Tokyo,” a Tokyo-based food cooperative, to collect 160 participants. The result was submitted to WWF-Japan and USA as a report “Revealing Potential Demand for Eco-labeled Seafood in Japanese Seafood Market.” They published it in their sustainable seafood guide 2009. Using this data, I am writing several articles for my dissertation, one of which I will present at the International Institute of Fishery Economics and Trade (IIFET) conference in France in July of 2010.

Research Assistant [June 2008 – May 2009]

Worked for Professor Emi Uchida and Professor Hiro Uchida



  • FAO Fishery Technical Report

Summarized A report “Successful Cases of World Comanagement Fishery in FAO Fishery Technical Report 2008”

Summarized the statistics of surveys for Korean fishery comanagement.

Analyzed the effect of fishery comanagement policy initiated by Korean government in 2001. As a means of analysis, “matching” in Econometrics was used to compare comanagement and non-comanagement fishermen.


Research Assistant [Jan-May 2008]

Worked for Professor Cathy Roheim and Professor Kurt Schnier



  • Demand Analysis of European Eco-labeled Pollock Trade Market

Using SAS, worked on European pollock trade market data, and tested diffusion effects of new Eco-labeled products into the European pollock trade market using the AIDS model.

Updated the data from “An Overview of Alaska Pollock Markets,” presented by Professor Gunner Knapp at Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, Alaska 2006.

  • Market Research on Eco-labeled Hake Imported into European Market.

Analyzed on Eco-labeled Hake import data in the European market and investigated the relation between Eco-labeled Hake and Pollock.

  • Alaska Crab Fishery Risk Analysis

Calculated the Prediction of vessel sea spray icing in Bering Sea area, using more than 8,000 hourly weather data over 6 years in National Data Buoy Center (NDBC).

Research Assistant [Jan-Aug 2007] Worked for Professor Cathy Roheim

  • Demand Analysis of European Eco-labeled Pollock Trade Market

Using SAS, analyzed demand system in European Pollock import market. Tested for the premium of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified eco-labeling products of Alaskan Pollock using the Almost Ideal Demand System (AIDS) model: Seemingly Unrelated Regression (SUR) was employed for the model.

  • MSC Certified Eco-label Products Research in UK Wholesale Market.

Investigated the UK wholesale market data, which includes MSC certified eco-labeled products (Pollock, Salmon, Hake, Hoki, and others).

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