MEXT Joint Usage / Research Center
Research Center for Behavioral Economics

Behavioral economics is a new and emerging field of research which incorporates insights from various related disciplines, such as psychology, sociology and neuroscience, to provide solutions for economic and social problems that cannot be easily reconciled by the traditional branch of economics. In April 2004, ISER founded the Research Center for Behavioral Economics - the first of this kind in Japan - with the aim of becoming the research hub of behavioral economics. In June 2009, ISER was selected as the Joint Usage/Research Center for Behavioral Economics by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and since then has played an integral role in bringing together researchers from all over the world and promoting active research collaboration in this field.


May 16, 2016 Professor Keisuke Hirano (University of Arizona/Osaka University, crossapointment) is visiting us from May 16th, 2016 to June 17th, 2016.
May 11, 2016 Professor Debasis MISHRA (Indian Statistical Institute) is visiting us from May 11th, 2016 to June 24th, 2016.
April 21, 2016 Professor Hikmet GUNAY (University of Manitoba) is visiting us from April 21st, 2016 to July 10th, 2016.
April 1, 2016 Professor Chongwoo CHOE (Monash University) is visiting us from April 1st, 2016 to May 30th, 2016.
April 1, 2016 Keisuke Hirano and Takashi Yamagata have joined us as Specially Appointed Professors (crossapointment).
February 18, 2016 Behavioral Interactions, Markets, and Economic Dynamics, Editors: Ikeda, S., Kato, H.K., Ohtake, F., Tsutsui, Y. (Eds.) (2016) was published by Springer.
January 21, 2016 Behavioral Economics of Preferences, Choices, and Happiness, Editors: Ikeda, S., Kato, H.K., Ohtake, F., Tsutsui, Y. (Eds.) (2016) was published by Springer.
December 15, 2015 Professor Ming LI (Concordia University) is visiting us from December 15th, 2015 to April 14th, 2016.
September 2, 2015Matthias Schlegl, from LMU University of Munich, will visit ISER from September 14th, 2015 to October 31st, 2015.
August 10, 2015Professor Gerhard Illing, from LMU University of Munich, will visit ISER from August 31st, 2015 to December 11th, 2015.
June 27, 2015The Third MOVE-ISER Workshop

Research Highlights

Title Author
2016.2 Overstatement in happiness reporting with ordinal, bounded scale (with Saori C. Tanaka, Katsunori Yamada, Ryo Kitada, Satoshi Tanaka, Sho K. Sugawara, Norihiro Sadato) , Scentific Reports Fumio Ohtake
2015.11 Capital heterogeneity as a source of comparative advantage: Putty-clay technology in a ricardian model, Journal of International Economics, Vol. 99 Hirokazu Ishise
2015.8 Conformism and Structural Change (with Takeo Hori, Kazuo Mino), International Economic Review, Vol.56, Issue 3 Masako Ikefuji
2015.5 Strategy-proofness and Efficiency with Non-quasi-linear Preferences: A Characterization of Minimum Price Walrasian Rule (with Shuhei Morimoto), Theoretical Economics, Vol.10, Issue 2 Shigehiro Serizawa
2015.1 Strategy-proof Cost Sharing under Increasing Returns: Improvement of the Supremal Welfare Loss (with Hiroki Saitoh), Games and Economic Behavior, Vol.89 Kazuhiko Hashimoto

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Discussion Papers

List of Discussion Papers

Upcoming seminar



Debasis Mishra
(Indian Statistical Institute)
Balanced Ranking Mechanisms (with Tridib Sharma)

Seminar Schedule