Keiko Ito is a Professor at the Faculty of Commerce, Chuo University and a Project Member at RIETI. Prior to her current position, she was a Professor (2012-2018), Associate Professor (2006-2012), and Lecturer (2004-2006) at the School of Economics, Senshu University; Staff-on-loan at the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (2016-2017); Visiting Fellow at the Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Columbia University (2007-2008); and Research Assistant Professor at the International Centre for the Study of East Asian Development, currently called the Asian Growth Research Institute (2002-2004).
She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Hitotsubashi University in 2002. Her research interests are on the empirical analysis on international trade and foreign direct investment, and industry and firm-level productivity analysis. Her major works include Determinants of the Profitability of Japanese Manufacturing Affiliates in China and Other Regions: Does Localization of Procurement, Sales, and Management Matter?, The World Economy, Vol. 33, Issue 12, pp. 1639-1671, 2010. (with Kyoji Fukao); Global fixed capital investment by multinational firms, Economica, Vol. 80, Issue 318, pp. 274-299, 2013. (with René Belderbos, Kyoji Fukao, and Wilko Letterie); and Organizational and Human Resource Management and Innovation: Which Management Practices are Linked to Product and/or Process Innovation?, Research Policy, Vol.47, Issue 1, pp. 194-208, 2018. (with Shoko Haneda).