Yuichi Kitamura is the Alfred Cowles Professor of Economics and of Management. After earning a Ph.D. in economics at Yale, Kitamura held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Pennsylvania, before returning to Yale in 2004.
He also has made contributions in various fields as diverse as empirical likelihood, the ill-posed inverse problem, nonparametric Bayesian methods, robust estimation, applications of finite mixtures in economics including auction models, and dynamic discrete choice models. In his recent work he has developed a new empirical framework for analyzing economic theories such as revealed preference without relying on conventional statistical models, by leveraging on recent advances in computational science.
Kitamura is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and an International Fellow of the Center for Microdata Methods and Practice. In addition, he was awarded the Nakahara Prize of the Japanese Economic Association, which recognizes Japanese economists under the age of 45 whose work has received international acclaim. He was an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, and has held multiple grants from the National Science Foundation.
Kitamura has served as an associate editor for various journals including as Econometrica and International Economic Review, as a co-editor for Econometric Theory, and is currently the editor of Japanese Economic Review, and an associate editor for Econometric Reviews, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, and Econometrics Journal. He has convened numerous conferences and symposia, both at Yale and under the auspices of the Econometric Society and other organizations, and has been an invited plenary speaker at the Royal Economic Society Conference, the World Congress of the Econometric Society, the International Association for Applied Econometrics, the International Symposium on Econometric Theory and Applications, and elsewhere. He has also held visiting positions at the University of Bristol, the University of Montreal, Cambridge University, and Bar-Ilan University.