Yohei Mitani

Yohei Mitani, Ph.D in Economics

Associate Professor

Division of Natural Resource Economics

Graduate School of Agriculture

Kyoto University

Contact Information

  • Email: mitani.yohei.7w@kyoto-u.ac.jp

  • Address: Kyoto 606-8502, Japan

  • Office: E-419

  • Voice: +81-75-753-6193

  • Office Hour: by appointment


  • Yohei Mitani, "Is a PD game still a dilemma for Japanese rural villagers? A field and laboratory comparison of the impact of social group membership on cooperation," Japanese Economic Review, 73(1): 103-121, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42973-021-00086-8

  • Yohei Mitani and Hideki Shimada, "Self-selection bias in estimating the determinants of landowners' re-enrollment decisions in forest incentive programs," Ecological Economics, 188: 107109, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2021.107109

  • Yohei Mitani and Henrik Lindhjem, "Meta-analysis of landowner participation in voluntary incentive programs for provision of forest ecosystem services," Conservation Biology, March 2021. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13729

  • Yohei Mitani and Kohei Suzuki, "Facilitating efficient coordination in large groups: small incentive payments in nested groups," Journal of the Economic Science Association, 6(1): 68-76, 2020. rdcu.be/b6E9D

  • Yohei Mitani, "The effects of subjective perception on preference heterogeneity," Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, 9(4): 371-382, 2020.

  • 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, 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 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 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.

  • 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.

Published Discussion Papers

  • Yohei Mitani and Hideki Shimada, "Self-selection bias in estimating the determinants of landowners' decisions to leave or remain in forest incentive programs," Natural Resource Economics Discussion Papers No.2021-01 June 2021, Kyoto University, NRE-GSA.

  • Enre Iversen, Kristine Grimsrud, Yohei Mitani, and Henrik Lindhjem, "Altruist talk may (also) be cheap: Revealed versus stated altruism as a predictor in stated preference studies," Discussion Papers No. 952, April 2021, Statistics Norway, Research Department.

Working Papers

  • Masao Fukutomi, Nobuyuki Ito, and Yohei Mitani, "How group size and decision rules impact risk preferences: Comparing group and individual settings in lottery-choice experiments," May 2021.

  • Yohei Mitani and Naoya Yukizaki, "Does informing public actions contribute to successful risk mitigation? An experimental study of strategic interactions and voluntary cooperation to collective-risk mitigation in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic," May 2021.

  • Yohei Mitani and Nicholas Flores, “Public Goods Referenda without Perfectly Correlated Payment and Provision,” November 2020.

  • 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, “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.

Work in Progress

  • Yohei Mitani, Hideki Shimada, and Gorm Kipperberg, "Choice Architect Meets PES Design," June 2021.


  • Applied microeconomics: Introduction (Bachelor), Kyoto University

  • Applied microeconomics: Research methods (Bachelor), Kyoto University

  • Forest Economics (Bachelor), Kyoto University

    • Payment for ecosystem services, social dilemma, public good games, common pool resource games, charitable giving, CPR management, incentive programs, private land conservation

  • Forest & Resource Economics (Graduate), Kyoto University

    • A (Spring): Behavioral game theory

    • B (Fall): Experiments and applied econometrics in environmental economics

  • 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.

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. During 2015 to 2017, I spent my sabbatical as a research fellow in School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. My research interests include experimental and behavioral economics, environmental economics, and forest economics.