Division of Scientific Information and Public Policy

Behavioral Public Policy Team

SASAKI Shusaku

Status : Specially Appointed Assoc. Prof.
Research Field : Applied Microeconometrics, Behavioral Economics, Experimental Economics

Dr. Shusaku Sasaki is a Specially Appointed Associate Professor at the Center for Infectious Disease Education and Research (CiDER), Osaka University. He is also an expert member of The Behavioral Sciences Team (BEST) of the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Osaka University. He received his BA in economics from Kyoto University and his MA in international public policy from Osaka University.
Dr. Sasaki’s area of expertise includes behavioral economics, experimental economics, applied microeconometrics and policy analysis. His research interests are prosocial behaviors (charitable giving, volunteering, blood donation, and energy saving) and health behaviors (health habits, infection prevention, and vaccination). He has published in several academic journals including Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, and Social Science & Medicine.

Research Activities

・Behavioral Economics Research on Individual and Organizational Behavior Changes as Countermeasures against Infectious Diseases

・Building social cooperation for infectious disease policy with uncertainty (Japan Science and Technology Agency, JST PRESTO Grant Number: JPMJPR21R4)

・Behavioral and Experimental Economics Research on the Tax Deduction for Charitable Giving in Japan (The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, JSPS Grant Number: 19K13722)


1.Sasaki, S., Saito, T., & Ohtake, F. (2022). Nudges for COVID-19 voluntary vaccination: How to explain peer information?. Social Science & Medicine, 292, 114561.

2. Sasaki, S., Kurokawa, H., & Ohtake, F. (2022). An experimental comparison of rebate and matching in charitable giving: The case of Japan. The Japanese Economic Review, 73(1), 147-177.

3. Sasaki, S. (2019). Majority size and conformity behavior in charitable giving: Field evidence from a donation-based crowdfunding platform in Japan. Journal of Economic Psychology, 70, 36-51.

4. The Society for the Study of Giving Japan. Giving Japan 2021, Tokyo: Japan Fundraising Association, 2021.

5. Yamane, S., Kurokawa, H., Sasaki, S., and Kohsaka, Y. Behavioral Economics for Use from Today, Tokyo: Natsume-sha, 2019.

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