Osaka University Forum 2007

Wednesday, June 27
20:00 - 22:00
Welcome Party hosted by the Faculty of Economics of the University of Groningen (invitation only)

Thursday, June 28
Opening Remarks
9:30 am  Hideo Miyahara (President of Osaka Univ.)
 Simon K. Kuipers (President of Univ. of Groningen)
Keynote Lecture 1:
9:50 am
Angus Madisson (University of Groningen)
Transformations in China 1300-2030
Session 1:
The Japanese and Dutch Economies
Chair: Kanemi Ban (Osaka Univ.), Steven Brakman (Univ. of Groningen)
10:30 am
Fumio Ohtake (Osaka Univ.)
Attitudes toward the Income Gap: Japan-U.S. Comparison
10:55 am
Wim Suyker (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis)
The Chinese Economy, Seen from Japan and the Netherlands
11:20 am
Coffee Break
11:40 am
Kazuo Ogawa (Osaka Univ.)
Multiple Bank Relationships and the Main Bank System: Evidence from a Matched Sample of Japanese Small Firms and Main Banks 
12:05 pm
Marcel Timmer (Univ. of Groningen)
The End of Convergence: Market Services Productivity in Europe
12:30 pm
Discussant: Yuichi Fukuta (Osaka Univ.), Gerard Kuper (Univ. of Groningen)
12:50 pm
Keynote Lecture 2:
14:20 pm
Tatsuyoshi Saijo (Osaka Univ.)
Are Japanese Spiteful? Rethinking Experimental Methods in Economics
Session 2:
The Economics of Sustainability
Chairs: Koichi Futagami (Osaka Univ.), Elmer Sterken (Univ. of Groningen)
15:00 pm
J. Paul Elhorst (Univ. of Groningen)
Interdependent Behavior of Local Governments: Dutch Evidence Using a Linear Expenditure System
15:25 pm
Tetsuo Ono (Osaka Univ.)
Markov Perfect Political Equilibria with Public Policy: The Role of Education Cost
15:50 pm
Coffee Break
16:10 pm
Lammertjan Dam (Univ. of Groningen)
Social responsible Investment in an Environmental Overlapping
Generations Model
16:35 pm
Michinori Uwasu (Osaka Univ.)
The Evolution of Environmental Cooperation: The Effect of Players'
Mobility in Local and Global Pollution
17:00 pm
Discussant: Koichi Futagami (Osaka Univ.), Jan Oosterhaven (Univ.
 of Groningen)
Reception/Dinner hosted by the President of Osaka University
18:00 -

Friday, June 29
Keynote Lecture 3:
9:00 am Kenneth Wallis (University of Warwick)
Analysing the Bank of England Survey of External Forecasters
Session 3: Behavioural Economics
Chair: Ruud Koning (Univ. of Groningen), Fumio Ohtake (Osaka Univ.)
9:40 am Yoshiro Tsutsui (Osaka Univ.)
Time Discounting: Declining Impatience and Interval Effect
10:05 am Lambert Schoonbeek (Univ. of Groningen)
Entry Facilitation by Environmental Groups
10:30 am Coffee Break
10:50 am Marco Haan (Univ. of Groningen)
Friendship in a Public Good Experiment
11:15 am Miki Kohara (Osaka Univ.)
Time Spent Providing Nursing Care in the Family and Working Time in the Market: Evidence from Japanese Families
11:40 am Discussant: Ayako Suzuki (Osaka Univ.), Linda Toolsema (Univ. of Groningen)
12:00 pm Lunch
Keynote Lecture 4:
13:00 pm Yoshiyasu Ono (Osaka Univ.)
Stagnation Dynamics and Keynes's General Theory
Session 4: Macroeconomics
Chair: Ben Heijdra (Univ. of Groningen), Shinsuke Ikeda (Osaka Univ.)
13:40 pm Kazuo Mino (Osaka Univ.)
Financial Integration and Volatility in a Two-Country World
14:05 pm Jenny E. Ligthart (Tilburg Univ. and Univ. of Groningen)
The Transitional Dynamics of Fiscal Policy in Small Open  Economies 
14:30 pm Yoshiaki Sugimoto (Osaka Univ.)
From Duty to Right: The Role of Public Education in the Transition
to an Ageing Society
14:55 pm Ward E. Romp (Univ. of Groningen)
Retirement, Pensions, and Ageing 
15:20 pm Discussant: Shinsuke Ikeda (Osaka Univ.), Elmer Sterken (Univ. of Groningen)
14:40 pm Coffee Break
Session 5: Microeconomics
Chair: Robert Lensink (Univ. of Groningen), Atsushi Tsuneki (Osaka Univ.)
16:00 pm Shigehiro Serizawa (Osaka Univ.)
Vickrey Allocation Rule with Income Effect
16:25 pm Robert Lensink (Univ. of Groningen)
Delegated Monitoring and Moral Hazard in Underdeveloped Credit Markets
16:50 pm Kazuhiro Yamamoto (Osaka Univ.)
Trade Impacts on Skill Formation: Welfare Improvements Accompanied by Rises in Inequality
17:15 pm Jose Luis Moraga-Gonzalez (Univ. of Groningen)
An Analysis of Mergers in Consumer Search Markets
17:40 pm Discussant: Wataru Kureishi (Osaka Univ.), Bastiaan Overvest (Univ. of Groningen)
Reception hosted by the President of University of Groningen (invitation only)
18:30 -

Saturday, June 30

Special Lectures

Chair: Yoshiyasu Ono (Osaka Univ.), Henk Sol (Univ. of Groningen)
9:30 am Lex Hoogduin  (ROBECO)
Rebalancing the World Economy
10:10 am Takenori Inoki (International Research Center for Japanese Studies)
What is Needed in the New Socio-economic System?  The Case of Japan
10:50 am Coffee break
11:10 am Kyoji Komachi (Ambassador of Japan to the Netherlands)
Business Relationship between the Netherlands and Japan
Closing Remarks
12:00 pm Fumio Ohtake (Director, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University)
Elmer Sterken (Dean, Faculty of Economics, Univ. of Groningen)