Ichiro Obara

Curriculum Vitae

my CV

Short Bio and Research Interest

I received BA and MA in Economics from University of Tokyo and Ph.D. in Economics from University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, I joined University of California, Los Angeles in 2001. I have taught at UCLA and University of Minnesota, and currently I am a professor and graduate vice-chair of the Economics department of UCLA. My research interests include topics in economic theory, game theory and their applications to related areas such as Industrial organization and Social networks.


Recent Published/Working Papers

  • Repeated Games with General Discounting, with J. Park, Journal of Economic Theory, 172 (2017): 348-375 (link, pdf).
  • Collusion and Heterogeneity of Firms, with F. Zincenko, RAND Journal of Economics 48 (2017), 230-249 (link, pdf).
  • The Belief-Based Approach to Private Monitoring, with M. Kandori, M. Iwasaki, and M. Yokoo (draft available soon).
  • Reputation and Information Lag, with V. Bhaskar (slide).
  • Mechanism Design with Information Acquisition, with S. Bikhchandani, Economic Theory, 63(3)(2017), 783-812 (link, pdf).

Work in Progress

  • On the Value of Information Structures in Stochastic Games, with Daehyun Kim
  • Controlling Cultivation of Taste
  • Repeated Games with Recursive Utility, with J. Park
  • Dynamic Games with General Time Preferences, with J. Park
  • Misperception and Evolution of Cooperation, with A. Iwasaki, M. Kandori, M. Yokoo
  • Belief Preserving Maps and Bayes Nash Equilibrium, with J-W. Chang
  • Informational Smallness and Folk Theorem with Private Monitoring, with R. McLean and A. Postlewaite

All Papers and Abstracts

Link to My Old Page for My Old Working Papers


You can find the syllabuses from my past courses here (Microeconomic Theory I: Price theory Microeconomic Theory II: Game Theory, Dynamic Game, Interactive Belief/Knowledge, Market Design, Bargaining Experiment)