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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.


October 1, 2019 "Competition between offline and online retailers with heterogeneous customers" (co-authored with Stefano Colombo), Noriaki Matsushima accepted for publication in Review of Industrial Organization.
October 1, 2019 Donghoon Yoo has joined us Assistant Professor.
October 1, 2019 Professor Chongwoo CHOE (Monash University) is visiting us from October 1st, 2019 to December 20th, 2019.
September 27 "Mechanism design without quasilinearity" (with Tomoya Kazumura and Debasis Mishra), Shigehiro Serizawa accepted for publication in Theoretical Economics.
September 19, 2019 "Change in time preferences: Evidence from the Great East Japan Earthquake", Mika Akesaka accepted for publication in Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Volume 166, October 2019.
September 1, 2019 Nobuyuki Hanaki has joined us as Professor.
August 23, 2019 Professor Jean-Baptiste Michau (Ecole Polytechnique) is visiting us from August 23rd , 2019 to October 18th, 2019.
August 5, 2019 Professor Ning Sun (Institute for Social and Economic Research, Nanjing Audit University) is visiting us from August 5th, 2019 to 27th, 2019.
August 2, 2019 Professor Hans-Theo Normann (Düsseldorf University) is visiting us from August 2nd, 2019 to August 9th, 2019.
July 24, 2019 Professor Yi Lu (Tsinghua University) is visiting us from July 24th, 2019 to August 9th, 2019
July 24, 2019 Professor Jingting Fan (Pennsylvania State University) is visiting us from July 24th, 2019 to July 29th, 2019.

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Research Highlights

Title Author
2019.9 Mechanism design without quasilinearity (with Tomoya Kazumura and Debasis Mishra) Theoretical Economics, forthcoming. Shigehiro Serizawa
2019.7 Pre-negotiation commitment and internalization in public good provision through bilateral negotiations (with Ryusuke Shinohara) Journal of Public Economics Noriaki Matsushima
2019.5 Competitive Personalized Pricing (with Zhijun Chen and Chongwoo Choe) Management Science, forthcoming. Noriaki Matsushima
2019.1 The Impact of Monitoring in Infinitely Repeated Games: Perfect, Public, and Private (with V. Bhaskar, and Guillaume R. Frechette) American Economic Journal: Microeconomics Masaki Aoyagi
2018.10 Bertrand Competition under Network Externalities, Journal of Economic Theory Masaki Aoyagi
2018.9 Place-Based Policies, Creation and Agglomeration Economies: Evidence from China's Economic Zone Program (with Yi Lu and Jin Wang), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, forthcoming. Lianming Zhu
2018.8 Higher order risk attitudes and prevention under different timings of loss (with E. Lee), Experimental Economics Takehito Masuda

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Hiroyuki Kojima
(Teikyo University)


Masao Ogaki
(Keio University)

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