An Experimentalist in Environmental & Public Economics Fields

Yohei Mitani, Ph.D in Economics

Associate Professor
Division of Natural Resource Economics
Graduate School of Agriculture
Kyoto University

On leave at University of East Anglia for 28.2.2015-27.2.2017

Research Fellow
School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia
   Norwich, NR4 7TJ
   Voice: 01603-59-2696

Contact Information 
  • Email:
  • Address: Kyoto 606-8502, Japan
  • Office: E-419
  • Voice: +81-75-753-6193 (On leave at UEA for Mar 2015-Feb 2017)
  • Office Hour: by appointment
    • If you are a Kyoto University student who needs some advice, do not hesitate to contact me.  I will be available on email and Skype. 
  • Yohei Mitani and Henrik Lindhjem, “Forest owners' participation in voluntary biodiversity conservation: What does it take to forego forestry forever?” Land Economics, 91(2): 235-251, 2015.
  • Yohei Mitani and Nicholas Flores, “Hypothetical Bias Reconsidered: Payment and Provision Uncertainties in a Threshold Provision Mechanism,” Environmental and Resource Economics, 59(3): 433-454, 2014.
  • Yohei Mitani, Naoyuki Izumi, and Kohei Suzuki, “Does incentive really matter for forestry-management incentive programs? An evidence from NIPF landowners’ re-enrollment decisions to a joint thinning program in Ehime, Japan,” Natural Resource Economics Review, 18: 1-14, 2013.
  • Henrik Lindhjem and Yohei Mitani, “Forest owners’ willingness to accept compensation for voluntary conservation: A contingent valuation approach,” Journal of Forest Economics, 18(4): 290-302, 2012.
  • Artti Juutinen, Rauli Svento, Yohei  Mitani, Erkki Mäntymaa, Yasushi Shoji, and Pirkko Siikamäki, “Modeling observed and unobserved heterogeneity in choice experiments,” Environmental Economics, 3(2): 57-65, 2012.
  • Artti Juutinen, Yohei Mitani, Erkki Mäntymaa, Yasushi Shoji, Pirkko Siikamäki, and Rauli Svento, “Combining Ecological and Economic Aspects in National Park Management: A Choice Experiment Application,” Ecological Economics, 70(6): 1231–1239, April 2011.
  • Yohei Mitani and Nicholas Flores, “Demand Revelation, Hypothetical Bias, and Threshold Public Goods Provision,” Environmental and Resource Economics, 44: 231-243, October 2009.
  • Ito, N., Takeuchi, K., Kuriyama, K., Shoji, Y., Tsuge, T., and Mitani, Y., “The Influence of Decision-making Rules on Individual Preferences for Ecological Restoration: Evidence from an Experimental Survey,” Ecological Economics, 68: 2426-2431, June 2009.
  • Mitani, Y., Shoji, Y., and Kuriyama, K., “Estimating Economic Values of Vegetation Restoration with Choice Experiments: A Case Study of Endangered Species in Lake Kasumigaura, Japan,” Landscape and Ecological Engineering, 4: 103-113. September 2008.
  • Shoji, Y., Mitani, Y., Mieno, T., and Kuriyama, K., “Providing quality recreation experiences in Japan,” Economics Bulletin, Vol. 17, No. 7, pp.1-11. April 2008.
  • Mitani, Y. and Flores, N., “Does Gender Matter for Demand Revelation in Threshold Public Goods Experiments?,” Economics Bulletin, Vol. 3, No. 27, pp.1-7. June 2007.
Book Chapters
  • Yohei Mitani, Kohei Suzuki, Kana Moriyama, and Nobuyuki Ito, "Describing local community characteristics in Japanese rural villages: A community survey result and its application to explaining non-industrial private forest owners' behavior," Natural Resource Economics Review, 20: 85-95, 2015.
  • Yohei Mitani, Koichi Kuriyama, and Takahiro Kubo, "Effect of the announcement of conservation area and financial targets on charitable giving for forest conservation: A natural field experiment study in East Asia," Chapter 18 in The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Economics in Asia edited by Shunsuke Managi, Routledge, 369-378, 2015.
  • Yohei Mitani and Ståle Navrud, “Using ecological information in choice experiments to value ecosystem services restoration programs in East Asia,” Chapter 21 in Handbook on the Economics of Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity edited by Paulo A.L.D. Nunes,  Pushpam Kumar, and Tom Dedeurwaerdere, Edward Elgar, 391-406, 2014.
Working Papers
  • Kohei Suzuki and Yohei Mitani, "Hierarchical agglomeration bonus for private land conservation," Division of Natural Resource Economics, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, 2015.
  • Yohei Mitani and Nicholas Flores, “Public Goods Referenda without Perfectly Correlated Prices and Quantities,” Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2010. 
  • Yohei Mitani and Nicholas Flores, “Robustness Test of Incentive Compatible Referenda: Consequential Probability, Group Size, and Value-cost Difference,” UMB, 2012. 
  • Yohei Mitani, “Anonymity versus Mechanism in Voluntary Contributions: An Experimental Evidence,” UMB, Working Paper. 
  • Yohei Mitani, “The Effects of Ecological Information Provision on Preferences for Ecosystem Restoration,” Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2011. 
  • Yohei Mitani, “Influence of Subjective Perception on Stated Preference Heterogeneity,” Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado at Boulder, Working Paper, September 2006. 
Work in Progress
  • Yohei Mitani, Kohei Suzuki, Kana Moriyama, and Nobuyuki Ito, "Is PD still a dilemma for Japanese rural villagers?" (lab-in-the-field)
  • Yohei Mitani, “Designing a voluntary mechanism for efficient private forest conservation.” (experimental survey)
  • Yohei Mitani and Katsuma Miyamoto, “Designing incentives for private wildfire risk mitigation.” (lab)
  • Yohei Mitani and Nobuyuki Ito, “Individual versus group risky-choice decisions: Is individual’s risky-choice decision shifted when it’s made as a group?" (lab)
  • Forest Economics (Bachelor), Kyoto University
    • Fall 2014: Syllabus
    • Fall 2013: Syllabus 
  • Forest & Resource Economics (Graduate), Kyoto University 
    • Spring 2014: Syllabus
    • Fall 2013: Syllabus
    • Spring 2013: Syllabus
  • ECN304 Behavioral & Experimental Economics (Graduate), Norwegian University of Life Sciences, 2011, 2012, 2013.
  • ECN271 Project Evaluation (Bachelor & Master), Norwegian University of Life Sciences, 2011, 2012, 2013.
  • Kohei Suzuki (Current student, D1, Kyoto University).
  • Kohei Suzuki (MA, Kyoto University), "Hierarchical Agglomeration Bonus for Private Land Conservation" (Master thesis, January 2014).
  • Katsuma Miyamoto (BA, Kyoto University), "An Investigation of Small Scale Community Wildfire Protection Plan: an Experimental Analysis" (Honors thesis, January 2013).
Short Description
  • I am an experimentalist in the field of environmental economics and public economics.  Since October 2012, I have worked as an Associate Professor in Division of Natural Resource Economics, Graduate School of Agriculture at Kyoto University.  Prior to coming to the Kyoto University, I worked as a researcher/instructor in UMB School of Economics and Business at the Norwegian University of Life Science and in the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  My research interests include experimental and behavioral economics, environmental economics, and forest economics.

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