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Message from the Institute Director, Professor Satoshi Mizobata

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The Kyoto Institute of Economic Research (KIER) was founded in April 1962 with the purpose of comprehensive research on industrial economies. Since then, KIER has been a leader in the field of economic research in Japan, with outstanding achievements on theoretical economics, applied economics and econometrics. KIER is internationally recognized as one of top-class research institutes of economics. Recently, KIER has also increased its emphasis on problem-solving and policy-oriented research in economics, and has received strong appreciation for its positive progress in policy assessment and policy recommendations.


The research in KIER is characterized by three key words: international, advanced and interdisciplinary. Our mission is to contribute to the development of economic research. Each research member of the institute is aiming to pioneer the international research front line, with the primary goal of leading the fields. The members are active in doing international joint research@and building academic networks with major universities in the world. Many prominent researchers including Nobel laureates visited KIER for joint works with our members. The members have diverse backgrounds, not only economics but also science and engineering, and are actively doing interdisciplinary research in cooperation with researchers in humanities, social sciences, mathematics, physics, biology, and engineering among others.


Evaluating the research in KIER in terms of the number of research papers published in international major journals per researcher and the frequency of their citations, KIER maintains one of the top positions among academic institutions specializing in economics in Japan. KIER has significantly contributed to the development of economics at the international level. On reflection, since its foundation, KIER has pursued the so-called American model of research institution and has implemented the original reform that was quite unique in the academic society in Japan in the 1960s. For instance, the members were encouraged to send their papers to researchers abroad in the form of technical reports, and to publish them in international journals. The academic achievements of the members are evaluated by the number of and the quality of papers published in peer-reviewed journals. The basic criteria for the employment and promotion policy are academic and scientific results. The popularity and rank of applicantsf educational institutions do not matter. The frontier spirit of the institute has been succeeded and developed by the current members.


Economic, social, research and educational environments constantly change. KIER is also evolving in two major directions. One is to contribute to the development of economics through joint research projects. In 2010 KIER was approved from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as a Joint Usage and Joint Research Center putting emphasis on fundamental research in the sphere of Economics of Complex Systems and Economic Strategy and Organization. KIER was also granted status as an International Joint Research Center for Advanced Economic Theory. Through these centers KIER strengthens its role of gacademic public goodsh in the community of researchers by providing research resources and building international research networks. In addition, KIER acts as the central institution in the International Research Unit for Economics of Complex Systems established at Kyoto University. The other direction is to promote problem-solving and policy-oriented research in economics. The Center for Advanced Policy Studies (CAPS) was established in 2005. Presently, five fixed-term academic researchers from the ministries in the government of Japan are invited to CAPS. In collaboration with them KIER is actively addressing policy recommendations. The activity of CAPS contributes to global society, expanding the interface between theoretical studies and policy implications.


Education is the important part of the KIERfs mission. Research members are active in teaching and advising graduate students at the Graduate School of Economics of Kyoto University. KIER accepts many young researchers such as gspecial researchersh of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Global COE researchers, fixed-term lecturers and assistant professors. They can receive advanced and profound knowledge at KIER and make their carriers up to become professors in major universities. Education and training processes for graduate students and young researches are also done by the COE program of the 21st century launched in 2003 and by the Educational Research Center of Global COE program launched in 2008 with cooperation of Keio University and Osaka University. KIER is one of the first places to introduce the tenure track system in Kyoto University and also in domestic institutions in the field of social sciences. Our institute maintains an open-door policy towards employment and education of young talented researchers.


KIER has significantly contributed to the development of economics, both by conducting advanced research and as the education and research center for joint usage and joint research projects that attracts many foreign researchers from abroad. In order to maintain our position as the promotion and creation center in economic research we aim to continue our unceasing efforts in the future.

Actual Staff

  Professor Associate Professor Lecturer Assistant Professor Sub-total Administrative Staff Total
Research Divisions 13 6 - 3 22 5 27
Visiting researchers 1 1 - - 2 - 2
Foreign visiting researchers - 2 - - 2 - 2
Other Grant-in-Aid, etc. 5 1 - - 6 - 6
Total 19 10 - 3 32 5 37

List of Directors

Directors Term
Seijiro Kishimoto 1962. 4. 1 - 1966. 3. 31

Hideo Aoyama

1966. 4. 1- 1971. 11. 30
Masao baba 1971. 12. 1 - 1974. 3. 31
Chikashi Moriguchi 1974. 4. 1 - 1974. 7. 15
Hisao Onoe 1974. 7. 16 - 1978. 7. 15
Kenzo Yukizawa 1978. 7. 16 - 1980. 2. 8
Yoshikazu Miyazaki 1980. 2. 8 - 1980. 3. 31
Yoshikazu Miyazaki 1980. 4. 1 - 1983. 4. 1
Hisao Onoe 1983. 4. 2 - 1986. 3. 31
Masao Baba 1986. 4. 1 - 1986. 10. 27
Kazuo Koike 1986. 10. 27 - 1986. 12. 31
Kazuo Koike 1987. 1. 1 - 1988. 3. 31
Shoshichi Sugimoto 1988. 4. 1 - 1990. 3. 31
Takamitsu Sawa 1990. 4. 1 - 1994. 3. 31
Takao Fukuchi 1994. 4. 1 - 1995. 3. 31
Takamitsu Sawa 1995. 4. 1 - 1999. 3. 31
Masahisa Fujita 1999. 4. 1 - 2001. 3. 31
Takamitsu Sawa 2001. 4. 1 - 2006. 3. 31
Kazuo Nishimuta 2006. 4. 1 - 2010.3.31
Makoto Yano 2010. 4. 1 - 2012.3.31
Satoshi Mizobata 2012. 4. 1 -

List of Professors Emeriti

  Professor Emeriti Date of the title conferred
No. 1 Seijiro Kishimoto 1966. 4. 2
No. 2 Hideo Aoyama 1973. 4. 2
No. 3 Hisao Onoe 1986. 4. 1
No. 4 Yoshikazu Miyazaki 1990. 1. 23
No. 5 Fumiko Seo 1993. 4. 1
No. 6 Shoshichi Sugimoto 1996. 4. 1
No. 7 Chikashi Moriguchi 1997. 3. 4
No. 8 Takao Fukuchi 1997. 3. 4
No. 9 Masahiko Aoki 2001. 3. 6
No.10 Takamitsu Sawa 2006. 4. 1
No.11 Masahisa Fujita 2007. 4. 1
No.12 Kazuyoshi Uehara 2007. 4. 1
No.13 Akio Sakai 2007. 4. 1
No.14 Tsuneo Tsukatani 2008. 4. 1
No.15 Kazuo Nishimura 2010. 4. 1
No.16 Ryuhei Wakasugi 2012. 4. 1
No.17 Haruo Imai 2015. 4. 1
No.18 Kazuo Mino 2015. 4. 1

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