Hideo Owan

University of Tokyo and Research Institute of Economy, Trade, and Industry, Japan

I am very excited about being a part of this IZA initiative to compile useful insights from numerous literatures. This also makes me realize how much (and how little) we know about very important real-world issues

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Research interest

Personnel economics, organizational economics, labor economics, and industrial organization

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Faculty Fellow, Research Institute of Economy, Trade, and Industry, Japan

Past positions

Professor, Graduate School of International Management, Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan; Assistant Professor, Olin School of Business, Washington University, USA


PhD Economic Policy and Analysis, Stanford University, 1999

Selected publications

  • "Team incentives and worker heterogeneity: An empirical analysis of the impact of teams on productivity and participation." Journal of Political Economy 111:3 (2003): 465–497 (with B. H. Hamilton and J. A. Nickerson).

  • “Promotion, turnover, earnings and firm-sponsored training.” Journal of Labor Economics 22:4 (2004): 955–978.

  • “Specialization, multiskilling and allocation of decision rights.” Advances in the Economic Analysis of Participatory and Labor-Managed Firms 12 (2011).

  • "Market characteristics, intra-firm coordination, and the choice of human resource management systems: Theory and evidence." Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (December 2011) (with T. Kato).

  • “The impact of group contract and governance structure on performance—Evidence from college classrooms.” Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization (Forthcoming) (with Z. Hansen, J. Pan, and S. Sugawara).