Institute of Social Science The University of Tokyo

the University of Tokyo



Research Staff

Akifumi Ishihara

Division Department of Comparative Contemporary Economics
Research Fields Contract Theory, Industrial Organization, Organizational Economics, Political Economy
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Teaching and Research Appointments

April 2012 Ph.D in Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science
April 2019 − March 2023 Associate Professor, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo
April 2023 − Professor, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo

Topics of Research

1Incentive Problems in Organizations
2Firms’ Strategies in Markets
3Strategic Decision Making in Public Sectors

Selected Publications

  • “Pre-emptive Production and Market Competitiveness in Oligopoly with Private Information” (with Yuki Amemiya and Tomoya Nakamura), Journal of Economics & Management Strategy (2021) 30(2): 449--455.
  • “Exclusive Content in Two-Sided Markets” (with Ryoko Oki), Journal of Economics & Management Strategy (2021) 30(3): 638--654.
  • “On Multitasking and Job Design in Relational Contracts,” Journal of Industrial Economics, (2020) 68(4): 693-736.
  • “Strategic Candidacy for Political Compromise in Party Politics,” Journal of Theoretical Politics, (2020) 32(3): 389-408.
  • “Dark Sides of Patent Pools with Compulsory Independent Licensing” (joint with Noriyuki Yanagawa), International Journal of Industrial Organization, (2018) 57(1): 1–34.
  • “Transparency and Performance Evaluation in Sequential Agency” (joint with Susumu Cato), Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, (2017) 33(3): 475–506.
  • “Relational Contracting and Endogenous Formation of Teamwork,” RAND Journal of Economics, (2017) 48(2): 335–357.
  • “Relational Political Contribution under Common Agency,” Journal of Public Economic Theory, (2017) 19(2): 527–547.
  • “Minor Candidates as Kingmakers” (joint with Shintaro Miura), Public Choice, (2017) 170(3), 253–263.
  • “Role of Information Rents in Relational Contracts, ”Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, (2016) 25(4), 936–957.
  • “Concessions and Repression in Conflict” (joint with Prakarsh Singh), B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, (2016) 16(2), 865–899.

Educational Activities

Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo Economics of Contracts and Organization