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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.


June 19, 2018 Professor Takashi Yamagata (University of York / Osaka University, crossapointment) is visiting us from June 18th, 2018 to August 10th, 2018.
June 11, 2018 Difference or Ratio: Implications of Status Preference on Stagnation, Yoshiyasu Ono (with K. Yamada) accepted for publication in Australian Economic Papers.
June 11, 2018 Credit Booms, Debt Overhang and Secular Stagnation, Yoshiyasu Ono and Matthias Schlegl (with G. Illing) accepted for publication in European Economic Review.
May 21, 2018 Professor Keisuke Hirano (Pennsylvania State University / Osaka University, crossapointment) is visiting us from May 21st, 2018 to June 20th, 2018.
May 18, 2018 On the trade, growth, and welfare effects of intellectual property rights protection, Yuki Saito accepted for publication in Southern Economic Journal.
April 26, 2018 Cheap Talk When the Receiver Has Uncertain Information Sources, Junichiro Ishida (with Takashi Shimizu) accepted for publication in Economic Theory.
April 16, 2018 Professor Jean-Baptiste Michau (Ecole Polytechnique) is visiting us from April 16th, 2018 to June 30th, 2018.
April 1, 2018 Klarizze Anne Martin Puzon has joined us as Assistant Professor.
March 19, 2018 Effects of Commodity Price Shocks on Inflation: A Cross-Country Analysis, Takayuki Tsuruga (with Atsushi Sekine) accepted for publication in Oxford Economic Papers.
March 7, 2018 The countervailing power hypothesis when dominant retailers function as sales promoters, Noriaki Matsushima and Shohei Yoshida accepted for publication in Manchester School.

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Research Highlights

Title Author
2018.6 Credit Booms, Debt Overhang and Secular Stagnation (with G. Illing), European Economic Review, forthcoming Yoshiyasu Ono
M. Schlegl
2018.5 Strategy-Proofness and Efficiency for Non-Quasi-Linear and Common-Tiered-Object Preferences: Characterization of Minimum Price Rule, Games and Economic Behavior Yu Zhou and Shigehiro Serizawa
2018.1 The Impact of Monitoring in Infinitely Repeated Games: Perfect, Public, and Private (with V. Bhaskar, and Guillaume R. Frechette), American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, forthcoming. Masaki Aoyagi
2017.12 Dynamic Performance Evaluation with Deadlines: The Role of Commitment (with Chia-Hui Chen), Journal of Industrial Economics Junichiro Ishida
2017.12 Pricing with cookies: Behavior-based price discrimination and spatial competition (with Chongwoo Choe and Stephen P. King), Management Science Noriaki Matsushima

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