Fellows & Grantees

Setsuya Fukuda

Abe Fellowship 2013
Project Title
A Comparative Study of Marriage Timing and Assortative Mating: Examining the Reversal of the Educational Gradient in Marriage Formation in Japan and the United States
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
Senior Researcher, Population Dynamics Research, National Institute of Population and Social Security Research


Setsuya Fukuda is a social demographer working at the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research where he conducts demographic research on the inter-relationships between gender, family formation, and family policy. He received his BA, MA, and PhD. in economics from Meiji University. After graduate study, he worked as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany (2008-2011). From 2011-13, he worked in the government as an expert in the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare, analyzing government statistics. In 2014-15, he received an Abe Fellowship, and conducted a US-Japan comparative study on educational differentials in marriage at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His current research focuses on gender role division, assortative mating, fertility, and inter-generational transfers in international comparative settings, looking in particular at how Japan’s gender structure and generational economy are going to change in relation to population decline and new family policies.