Nobuko Nagase is a Professor of Labor Economics and Social Policy at Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, Japan. Her interests include wage structure and work choice, labor market regulations and social security, tax and other institutional effects on work and gender, marital behavior and child-birth timing. Nagase has conducted empirical studies on child care supply, public pension, long-term care insurance, child care leave and other institutional features of the Japanese system. Results of her research have been published in various scholarly peer-reviewed journals in Japan, including Japanese Economic Journal, Journal of Population Problem, Econometric Review, and Quarterly Journal of Social Policy. She obtained her Ph.D. in 1995 and her B.A. in 1989 from the University of Tokyo, Economics Department.