日本経済学会 - Japanese Economic Association
The JEA-Nakahara Prize was established in 1995 and is funded by a donation from Mr. Nobuyuki Nakahara. The prize was established to honour researchers in economics under the age of 45 who have produced internationally recognized research.
It is my great pleasure to announce that the 2007 JEA-Nakahara Prize has been awarded to Professor Akihiko Matsui of the University of Tokyo. Born in 1962, Professor Matsui received a BA in Economics from the University of Tokyo and a Ph.D. in Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences from Northwestern University. He previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Tsukuba. Since 2002, he has been a professor at the Graduate School of Economics of the University of Tokyo.
Professor Matsui has made significant contributions to game theory and its applications. In his well-cited article (Gilboa and Matsui, 1991), Professor Matsui proposes a new stability concept in evolutionary games. In Matsui (1992) he studies the relation between this new concept and the traditional implication of the stability of evolutionary games. Professor Matsui also extends the decision timing of agents in repeated coordination games (Lagunoff and Matsui, 1997). Recently, in his joint work with Professor Mamoru Kaneko, Professor Matsui proposes the "inductive game theory," a new approach to games in which agents possess bounded rationality (Kaneko and Matsui, 1999). He also presents a new perspective on bounded rationality in infinitely repeated games (Cho and Matsui, 2005). In addition to these theoretical contributions, Professor Matsui presents an innovative approach to the issue of international currency selection by utilizing the random matching game (Kiyotaki et al., 1993). He also makes a relevant contribution to the microfoundation of the monetary economy (Matsui and Shimizu, 2005).
As this brief summary shows, Professor Matsui's research goes well beyond the conventional fields of microeconomics. All his studies, both in theoretical and applied areas, have successfully demonstrated that game theory is highly flexible and can be applied to a wide range of issues in the social sciences that traditional economic theory fails to handle.