Masahisa Fujita

Masahisa Fujita
Native name 藤田 昌久
Born (1943-07-21) July 21, 1943
Yamaguchi, Japan
Institution RIETI
Konan University
University of Pennsylvania
Kyoto University
Field Regional science
Urban economics
Spatial economics
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D. 1972)
Kyoto University (B.S. 1966)
Influenced Walter Isard
Contributions New Economic Geography
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Masahisa Fujita (藤田 昌久 Fujita Masahisa, born 21 July 1943) is a Japanese economist who has studied regional science and Urban economics and International Trade, Spatial Economy (New Economic Geography). He is a professor at Konan University and an adjunct professor at Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University.

Fujita majored in urban planning as an undergraduate at Kyoto University. He studied regional science in University of Pennsylvania under Walter Isard and obtained a Ph.D.(in Regional Science) from University of Pennsylvania in 1972. He taught at University of Pennsylvania for about 20 years, and has been the faculty of Institute of Economic Research (KIER) Kyoto University since 1995, where he served as Director in 1999. He was the President of Institute of Developing Economies during 2003 to 2007, and proposed a basic concept of Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia to JETRO and METI.In 2007, he became President and Chief Research Officer of the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Fujita is known as one of the pioneers of New Economic Geography, research of Spatial Economy as well as Paul Krugman. Fujita is the recipient of the 1983 Tord Palander Prize, the 1998 Walter Isard Award in regional science, and also awarded First Alonso Prize with Paul Krugman.

Selected Work


A revised edition: Fujita, Masahisa; Thisse, Jacques-François (2013). Economics of Agglomeration: Cities, Industrial Location, and Regional Growth (2nd ed.). Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107001411. 

Journals articles

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