Division of Scientific Information and Public Policy

Behavioral Public Policy Team

Team Leader

Team Leader


Status : Specially Appointed Prof.
Research Field : Behavioral Economics, Labor Economics

Fumio Ohtake is a specially appointed professor in the Center for Infectious Disease Education and Research (CiDER), and adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Economics at Osaka University. He earned his M.A. and a Ph.D. from Osaka University in 1985 and 1996, respectively, and a B.A. from Kyoto University in 1983. He is an executive director of the Association of Behavioral Economics and Finance, and a former president of the Japanese Economic Association. His research topics are behavioral economics, labor economics, income distribution, and household behavior. He is also a recipient of the 2005 Nikkei Prize for Excellent Books in Economic Science; the 2005 Suntory Prize for Social Science and Humanities; the 2005 Economist Prize; the 2006 Ishikawa Prize of the Japanese Economic Association; and the 2008 Japan Academy Prize.

Research Activities

・Research projects on social and economic impacts that become the basis of comprehensive information dissemination

・Economic study on preventive behavior of new coronavirus infections

・Study on the effect of nudge on the willingness to pay for the coronavirus vaccine

・Policy Applications of Behavioral Economics: Health Care, Disaster Prevention, Crime Prevention, Labor, and Education. (JSPS Grant Number: 20H05632)


1. Can nudges save lives?, The Japanese Economic Review, September 2021

2. Effective but fragile? Responses to repeated nudge-based messages for preventing the spread of COVID-19 infection, The Japanese Economic Review, June 2021 (Shusaku Sasaki, Hirofumi Kurokawa, Fumio Ohtake)

3. Nudges for COVID-19 voluntary vaccination:How to explain peer information?, 大阪大学 Discussion Papers of Economics And Business 21-07, June 2021

4. Age- and gender-dependent differences in attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccination and underlying psychological processes, medRxiv, May 2021 (Toshiko Tanaka, Tsuyoshi Nihonsugi, Fumio Ohtake, Masahiko Haruno)

5. Nudges for COVID-19 voluntary vaccination: How to explain peer information? Graduate School of Economics Osaka University, Discussion Paper 21-07. June 2021 (Shusaku Sasaki, Tomoya Saito, Fumio Ohtake)

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