Mika Akesaka

Assistant Professor, Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration, Kobe University*Profile is at the time of the award.

2023Inamori Research GrantsHumanities & Sociology

Research topics
“Invisible Killer”: Seasonal Allergy, Accidents, and Economic Loss
Despite at least 400 million seasonal allergy sufferers worldwide, the adverse effects of pollen on “non-health” outcomes, such as cognition and productivity, are relatively understudied. A recent study projects that global warming will accelerate pollen production, thus increasing pollen concentrations and prolong the duration of pollen seasons. The Japanese government, however, allocates only about 100 million yen as a budget for pollen control measures every year. One of the reasons why pollen control measures are disregarded is because the economic loss caused by them are not yet quantified. In this study, we evaluate the magnitude of economic loss due to pollen using administrative ambulance records.


Although I don't have hay fever myself, I will keep in mind those who suffer from it as I conduct my research.

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