Call for papers: The Tokyo Conference on Economics of Institutions and Organizations Summer 2018

We hold the Tokyo Conference on Economics of Institutions and Organizations Summer 2018 at Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo on Wednesday and Thursday, August 22-23, 2018.

1. Scope
  • We solicit submissions of works on the applied economics of institutions and organizations in a broad sense. Works on the authentic institutional and organizational economics ramifying from the contract theory are surely welcome. We equally seek works on applied economics with paying attention to impacts of institutional and organizational factors. Research based on either theoretical, empirical, historical, or experimental method would be considered.
2. Format and aim of the program
  • The conference begins at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, August 22 and ends at 5:30 pm on Thursday, August 23.
    • Presenters are supposed to arrive by the opening and leave after the closing of the conference.
  • The program consists of invited papers and contributed papers.
  • The program gives 60 minutes to each presentation to encourage discussion for improvement of the presented paper. No parallel sessions. Thus, we aim to create a small community that contributes to the progress of presented research substantially. 
    • We do not provide name tags at the conference venue. It is easy to know each other within a small group.
3. Submission and review
  • Submission is to be through the Conference Maker.
    • Submitters are requested to pay 5 dollars when submitting as the support and maintenance cost of the Conference Maker.
  • Submitters are required to select the area at which they want the submission to be considered.
  • Slots for contributed papers are limited, and the small and good is our priority.
    • The principle implies that a good paper might not be included in the program of a conference, due to, for instance, a concentration of submissions to a specific area or topic. We organize this conference every spring and summer anyway, and hence, we hope that rejection is not taken seriously too much and it does not discourage a future submission.
4. Registration
  • There is no registration fee for participation in the conference. However, we request the accepted presenters to commit to participation in a registration process. 
    • If accepted presenters failed to show up on the date of the conference for any reason, the paper title would be removed from the program that is stored on the conference website.
5. Wine and snack
  • In the evening of Wednesday, August 22, we have a quick drink in the conference venue for extended discussions and networking. 
    • The participation fee is JPY3000 for professors and JPY1000 for students. The fee is collected on the date by cash. No credit card is acceptable.
    • Prior notification of participation in the drink to Yumiko Mitarai <> would be much appreciated.
6. Program committee
  • Submitters are required to suggest one committee member for consideration of own submission and may indicate the second and third choices:
    • Game Theory and Search Theory.
      • Takashi Shimizu, Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University.
    • Social Choice Theory and Organizational Economics.
      • Susumu Cato, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo.
    • Organizational Microeconomics.
      • Junichiro Ishida, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.
    • Industrial Organization.
      • Noriaki Matsushima, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.
    • Labor Economics, Spatial Economics, and Development Economics.
      • Keisuke Kawata, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo.
    • Labor Ecoonmics and Educational Economics.
      • Ryuichi Tanaka, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo.
    • Organizational Macroeconomics.
      • Katsuya Takii, Graduate School of International Public Policy, Osaka University.
    • Growth and Institutions.
      • Ryoji Ohdoi, Department of Industrial Engineering and Economics, Tokyo Institute of Technology.
    • Economic History, Development Economics, and Comparative Institutional Analysis.
      • Masaki Nakabayashi, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo.

7. Travel to The University of Tokyo
  • Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND in Tokyo Prefecture) is the nearest airport, and Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT in Chiba Prefecture) is the second closest.
    • From either airport, taxi is not affordable, and Uber service is not available due to the regulation in most areas in Japan.  Please use railways and subways consulting the google direction.
  • Participants are expected to pay own travel expenses.
  • The organizer does not coordinate accommodation. 
    • Provided that the number of tourists is increasing, the participants are advised to book a reasonable hotel before the summer is closing.
  • If an invitation letter is required to obtain a visa, please email Yumiko Mitarai <> with specifying the necessary information after acceptance of your submission.

8. Conference venue
9. Important dates

Deadlin of submission: February 28, 2018.
Notification of decision: April 15, 2018.
Registration deadline: May 21, 2018.
Conference: August 23-24, 2018.