The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research


The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research


大竹 文雄/Fumio Ohtake


Fumio Ohtake

Last updated : October 03, 2023

Specially Appointed Professor, Center for Infectious Disease Education and Research, Osaka University

Areas of Expertise
  • Behavioral economics
  • labor economics

Fumio Ohtake is a specially appointed professor in the Center for Infectious Disease Education and Research (CiDER) and adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Economics at Osaka University. He earned his MA and a PhD from Osaka University in 1985 and 1996, respectively, and a BA from Kyoto University in 1983. He is an executive director of the Association of Behavioral Economics and Finance and a former president of the Japanese Economic Association. His research topics are behavioral economics, labor economics, income distribution, and household behavior. He is also a recipient of the 2005 Nikkei Prize for Excellent Books in Economic Science; the 2005 Suntory Prize for Social Science and Humanities; the 2005 Economist Prize; the 2006 Ishikawa Prize of the Japanese Economic Association; and the 2008 Japan Academy Prize.

Research Program
Plans for Sustainable and Politically Acceptable Fiscal Consolidation and Social Insurance Reform from the Perspectives of Behavioral Economics and Political Science

Select Publications

“Can nudges save lives?” The Japanese Economic Review, September 2021.

“An experimental comparison of rebate and matching in charitable giving: The case of Japan,” The Japanese Economic Review, August 2021 (with Shusaku Sasaki and Hirofumi Kurokawa).

“Effective but fragile? Responses to repeated nudge-based messages for preventing the spread of COVID-19 infection,” The Japanese Economic Review, June 2021 (with Shusaku Sasaki and Hirofumi Kurokawa).

“Firm-specific human capital in different market conditions: evidence from the Japanese football league,” Japan and the World Economy, June 2021 (with Eiji Yamamura).

“An Analysis about Altruistic and Selfish Motivations: The Case of the Hometown Tax Donation System in Japan,” The Japanese Economic Review, June 2021 (with Eiji Yamamura and Yoshiro Tsutsui).

“Age- and gender-dependent differences in attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccination and underlying psychological processes,” medRxiv, May 2021 (with Toshiko Tanaka, Tsuyoshi Nihonsugi, and Masahiko Haruno).

“How Conscious Are You of Others? Further Evidence on Relative Income and Happiness,” Journal of Happiness Studies, February 2021 (with Sun Youn LEE).

“Racers’ attractive looks, popularity, and performance: How do speedboat racers react to fans’ expectations?" The Japanese Economic Review, November 2020 (with Eiji Yamamura, Ryohei Hayashi, and Yoshiro Tsutsui).

“A Choice Experiment on Taxes: Are Income and Consumption Taxes Equivalent?" Journal of Behavioral Economics and Finance, October 2020 (with Hirofumi Kurokawa and Tomoharu Mori)

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