Call For Papers "Institutional Design and Experimental Economics"

Guest Editor: Kazuhito Ogawa (Professor, Kansai University)
kz-ogawa@kansai-u.ac.jp; ogawa.kazuhito@gmail.com

Over the past two decades, much research has been undertaken to design institutions to provide economic agents with more desirable choices and to find appropriate nudges. A good example is the design of a robust auction system against the Sakura (or “claque”) system) and the discovery of a nudge to encourage energy saving. By exploring these topics, Roth, Thaler, Smith, and Ostrom won the Nobel Prize in economics for their research.
Gathering and analyzing data on the actual behavior of economic agents as well as the theoretical contribution to the institutional design and discovery of an appropriate nudge is essential. We can investigate these research topics using natural data, but nowadays laboratory experiments, field experiments, and web surveys are actively carried out . These new methods have advantages and disadvantages, and although none of them is imperfect, each is indispensable for investigating the behavior of economic agents.
The Evolutionary and Institutional Economics Review (EIER) is planning a special issue on institutional design and experimental economics for which it welcomes academic contributions that focus on the behavior of economic agents in the real world. For this special issue, we are announcing a wide-ranging call for research papers that contribute to the institutional design and the discovery of nudges using the above-mentioned experimental methods. We welcome not only successful cases but also reports of failures, such as introduced nudges and institutions that have produced significantly different results than were expected. We also welcome research papers that identify factors influencing economic decision making. Papers are especially welcome from young researchers.
Contributions on all relevant topics, both theoretical and applied, will be of interest and are welcome. Papers may broadly cover the following areas but are not limited to these example topics.

  • Institutional design through an experimental method (laboratory experiments, field experiments, and web-based experiments)
  • Evaluation of an existing institution by an experimental method
  • Comparison of institutions by an experimental method
  • Discovery of a new factor that affects economic decision making

Please follow the Instructions for Authors at www.springer.com/journal/40844 in preparing your manuscript. Also please write “Special Feature: Institutional Design and Experimental Economics” in the “Enter Comments” field during the submission process on https://www.editorialmanager.com/eier/default.aspx.

EIER 特集号企画:制度設計と実験経済学・行動経済学
ゲストエディタ: 小川一仁(関西大学)

ここ20 年の間、経済主体がより望ましい行動を選択するための制度を設計したり、適切なナッジを発見することを目指した研究が盛んである。「サクラ」に対して頑健なオークション制度の設計であるとか、節電を促すためのナッジの発見などがその好例である。また、Al Roth, Thaler, Smith, Ostrom などがノーベル経済学賞を受賞したことも記憶に新しいだろう。

制度設計や適切なナッジの発見には理論的な貢献だけでなく、現実の経済主体の行動に関するデータを収集し、分析することが不可欠である。自然データを用いて分析することもできるが、盛んに行われているのが実験室実験、フィールド実験、web 調査である。それぞれに一長一短があるが、現在では経済主体の行動を分析する上で欠かせないツールとなっている。

現実の経済主体の行動に注目した研究の投稿を歓迎してきたEIER では、今回、特集号を企画する。特集号では上述した実験的手法を用いて制度設計やナッジの発見に貢献した研究を広く募集する。成功例ばかりでなく、失敗例(導入されたナッジや制度が予想と大きく異なる結果を生んだ、等)の報告も歓迎する。また、経済的意思決定に影響を与える要因を同定した基礎研究も歓迎する。若い研究者の投稿は特に歓迎する。

論文投稿に当たってのトピックは以下のようなものである。もちろん、これ以外のトピックでの投稿も問題ない。

  • Institutional design through an experimental method (laboratory experiments, field experiments, and web-based experiments)
  • Evaluation of an existing institution by an experimental method
  • Comparison of institutions by an experimental method
  • Discovery of a new factor that affects economic decision making

執筆にあたり、ジャーナルHP www.springer.com/journal/40844 のInstructions for Author を参照して下さい. 投稿の際はhttps://www.editorialmanager.com/eier/default.aspx にアクセスし、工程の“Enter Comments” において“Special Feature: Institutional Design and Experimental Economics” と申告して下さい.