Specially Appointed Assistant Professor


Research Method (DBA)
  • syamamoto@ics.hub.hit-u.ac.jp

After Shohei Yamamoto earned his PhD in Economics, Finance and Management from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain), he became a specially appointed assistant professor at Hitotsubashi ICS. He currently leads the Hitotsubashi ICS Xlab, an experimental laboratory at Hitotsubashi ICS.

His work focuses on behavioral science, exploring both economic and psychological dimensions. His research is specifically interested in individual decision-making processes. He examines how individuals make choices and the circumstances in which they may make suboptimal decisions due to cognitive biases. Furthermore, he explores how specific interventions can mitigate such biases. His inquiries utilize a diverse array of methods, ranging from online and lab-based studies to field experiments.

Since 2021, he has been an active member of PolicyGarage, a non-profit organization engaged in consulting and knowledge dissemination with local governments using insights from behavioral science. In 2022, he was appointed as an advisor to the Mie Research Center for Local Autonomy. His expertise also includes providing insights on nudge theory to local governments through presentations in many cities, including Matsusaka, Tsu, and Nagano cities.


Published Papers

  • Yamamoto, S. and Navarro-Martinez, D. (2022) “The Endowment Effect in the Future: How Time Shapes Buying and Selling Prices”, Judgment and Decision Making
  • Akutsu, S., Katsumura, F. and Yamamoto, S. (2022) "The Antecedents and Consequences of Workaholism: Findings From the Modern Japanese Labor Market", Frontiers in Psychology/li>

Conference papers

  • Yamamoto, S., McDonald, R. and Read, D. “The cross-modal discounting effect in Japan and the US”, in Subjective Probability, Utility and Decision Making 2023 Conference, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria, 21 August, 2023
  • Yamamoto, S. and Shotaro, S. “Time Preferences are Influenced if Questions Look Like Investments or Loans” in Subjective Probability, Utility and Decision Making 2021 Conference, University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom, 23/08/21
  • Yamamoto, S., Iwatani, S. and Shimazu, K. “Negative peer effects from learning partners online”, in Waseda Workshop for Experimental Economics 2023, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, 14 July, 2023
  • Yamamoto, S., Quoidbach, J. and Navarro-Martinez, D. Akutsu, S. “Mood, Nudge and Willingness to Work” in Subjective Probability, Utility and Decision Making 2019 Conference, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 21/08/19
  • Lluís, M., Yamamoto, S., Navarro-Martinez, D. and Costa, A. “Money is Dinero but Health is not Salud: The foreign Language Effect on Intertemporal Choices” in Society for the advancement of Judgment and Decision Making Studies, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain, 11/09/18

Working Papers and Selected Work in Progress

  • Yamamoto, S., Shiba, S. and Hanaki, N. “Eliciting Time Preferences in Gain and Loss Domains by an Incentivized Experiment”, WINPEC Working Paper Series No.E2012.
  • Yamamoto, S., McDonald, R. and Read, D. “Does Time Matter Less in Intertemporal Cross-modal Decisions regarding Effort?”
  • Yamamoto, S., McDonald, R. and Read, D. “Do Cross-modal Intertemporal Decisions Make Delayed Payments More Attractive?”
  • Yamamoto, S. and Navarro-Martinez, D. “Preventing Future-Self Procrastination Using Personalized Smartphone Notifications”