Institute of Social Science The University of Tokyo

the University of Tokyo


Research Staff

Hideo Owan

update at 18 April 2017

Division Department of Comparative Contemporary Economics
Research fields Organizational economics, labor economics, industrial organization

Teaching and Research Appointments

July 1999 − March 2006 Assistant Professor, John M. Olin School of Business, Washington University
April 2006 − August 2009 Professor, Graduate School of International Management, Aoyama Gakuin University
April 2007 − March 2008 Visiting Professor, Institute of Social Science, Hitotsubashi University
May 2008 − March 2011 Research Associate, Institute of Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University
September 2009 − March 2010 Associate Professor, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo
March 2011 − March 2012 Visiting Scholar, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
April 2010 − Professor, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo

Publications (2014- )

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  1. “The Impact of Group Contract and Governance Structure on Performance?Evidence from College Classrooms,” (with Zeynep Hansen, Jie Pan, and Shinya Sugawara), Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 30(3): 463-492, 2014.
  2. “The Impact of Group Diversity on Class Performance?Evidence from College Classrooms, ” (with Zeynep Hansen, and Jie Pan), Education Economics, 23(2): 238-258, 2015.
  3. “How Should Teams Be Formed and Managed? ”, IZA World of Labor.
  4. “Incentives and Gaming in a Nonlinear Compensation Scheme: Evidence from North American Auto Dealership Transaction Data, ” (with Tsuyoshi Tsuru and Katsuhito Uehara), forthcoming in Evidence-based HRM: a global forum for empirical scholarship
  5. “Designing Organizations and Human Resource Systems (in Japanese), ” in Mijikana Gimon Ga Tokeru Keizaigaku, September 2014.
  6. “Product Market and Workplace Organization (in Japanese), ” in Kigyo no Keizaigaku, December 2014.
  7. “Roles of Middle-Managers and Evaluation (in Japanese), ” in Kigyo Tochi no Ho to Keizai, March 2015.

Selected publications ( -2013)

  1. “Team Incentives and Worker Heterogeneity: An Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Teams on Productivity and Participation,” (with Barton H. Hamilton and Jack A. Nickerson), Journal of Political Economy, v111, n3, 465-497, June 2003.
  2. “Are Supply and Plant Inspections Complements or Substitutes? A Strategic and Operational Assessment of Inspection Practices in Biotechnology,” (with Kyle Mayer and Jack A. Nickerson), Management Science, Vol. 50,No.8: pp.1064-81, August 2004.
  3. “Promotion, Turnover, Earnings and Firm-Sponsored Training,” Journal of Labor Economics, Vol.22, No.4: pp.955-978, October 2004.
  4. “Strategic Management of R&D Pipelines with Cospecialized Investments and Technology Markets,” (with Tat Chan and Jack A. Nickerson), Management Science, Vol.53, No.4: pp.667-682, April 2007.
  5. “Market Characteristics, Intra-Firm Coordination, and the Choice of Human Resource Management Systems: Theory and Evidence,” (with Takao Kato) , Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 80: pp.375-396, 2011.
  6. “Specialization, Multiskilling and Allocation of Decision Rights,” Advances in the Economic Analysis of Participatory and Labor-Managed Firms, Volume 12, pp.3-34, 2011.
  7. “Diversity and Productivity in Production Teams,” Barton Hamilton, Jackson Nickerson, and Hideo Owan, Advances in the Economic Analysis of Participatory and Labor-Managed Firms, Volume 13, pp.99-138, 2012.
  8. “Seller-Buyer Ethnic Matches : The Case of Car Transactions at Two North American Auto Dealerships,” Hideo Owan, Tsuyoshi Tsuru & Katsuhito Uehara, Hitotsubashi Journal of Economics, Vol.53, No.2, 2012.
  9. “Autonomy, Conformity, and Organizational Learning,” (with Nobuyuki Hanaki) , Administrative Sciences, Vol.3(3), 32-52, 2014.

Topics of research

(1) Empirical Studies of Contract Theory: Incentives and Multitasking Agency Problem
(2) Functions of Internal Labor Market and the Effect of Human Resource Management Practices
(3) Empirical Studies of Innovative Productivity
(4) Employee Stock Ownership and Productivity
(5) Labor Market of Professors and the Impact of Grant Policy

Educational Activities in 2015

Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo Personnel and Organizational Economics
Faculty of Economics, The University of Tokyo Personnel and Organizational Economics