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Associate Professor,Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study, Hitotsubashi University


Ryota NAKAMURA is an associate professor based in the Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study (HIAS). He also serves as a visiting associate professor at the Institute of Statistical Mathematics. He is an applied microeconomist specializing in health. He holds a BA and an MA in Economics from Kyoto University and a Ph. D. in Economics from the University of York in the UK. Prior to joining Hitotsubashi University in 2016, he held positions at the University of East Anglia, the World Bank (STC), and the University of York. His research interests include empirical and theoretical investigations of health-related behavior as well as healthcare systems to inform national and international public health policies, using a wide range of research methods including micro-econometric analysis of observational data (e.g., impact evaluation), economic experiment, modelling, and evidence synthesis. His current research focuses on 1) testing and evaluating behavioral economic insights to prevent non-communicable diseases at the population level; 2) developing empirical methods to estimate the opportunity cost of health expenditure (and cost-effectiveness thresholds for its application), to inform healthcare resource allocation in low and middle income countries.

【Recent publications】

Nakamura, R., J. Lomas, K. Claxton, F. Bokhari, R. M. Serra, and M. Suhrcke, “Assessing the impact of health care expenditures on mortality using cross-country panel data,” Centre for Health Economics Research Paper 128, 2016

Zizzo, D. J., M. Parravano, R. Nakamura, S. Forwood, and M. Suhrcke, “The impact of taxation and signposting on diet: an online field study with breakfast cereals and soft drinks,” Centre for Health Economics Research Paper 131, 2016

Revill, P., J. Ochalek, J. Lomas,, R. Nakamura, B. Woods, A. Rollinger, M. Suhrcke, M. Sculpher, and K. Claxton, “Cost-effectiveness thresholds: guiding health care spending for population health improvement,” International Decision Support Initiative, 2016

Nakamura, R., E. Coombes, and M. Suhrcke, “Do economic incentives promote physical activity? : Evaluating the impact of the London congestion charge on active commuting and health,” Social Science Research Network, 2014

Nakamura, R., M. Suhrcke, and D. J. Zizzo, “A triple test for behavioral economics models and public health policy,” Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science Discussion Paper 14-01, 2014

Nakamura, R., M. Suhrcke, S. A. Jebb, R. Pechey, E. Almiron-Roig, and T. M. Marteau, “Price promotion on healthier vs. less healthy foods: impact on sales and social patterning of responses to promotions,” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 101 (4), 808-816, 2015.

Nakamura, R., M. Suhrcke, R. Pechey, M. Morciano, M. Roland, and T. M. Marteau, “Impact on alcohol purchasing of a ban on multi-buy promotions: a quasi-experimental evaluation comparing Scotland with England and Wales,” Addiction, 109 (4), 558-567, 2014

Nakamura, R., R. Pechey, M. Suhrcke, S. A. Jebb, and T. M. Marteau, “Sales impact of displaying alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in end-of-aisle locations: an observational study,” Social Science & Medicine, 108, 68-73, 2014

Hollands, G. J., I. Shemilt, T. M. Marteau, S. A. Jebb, M. P. Kelly, R. Nakamura, M. Suhrcke, and D. Ogilvie, “Altering micro-environments to change population health behaviour: towards an evidence base for choice architecture interventions,” BMC Public Health, 13, 1218, 2013.

Pechey, R., S. A. Jebb, M. P. Kelly, E. Almiron-Roig, S. Conde, R. Nakamura, I. Shemilt, M. Suhrcke, and T. M. Marteaua, “Socioeconomic differences in purchases of more vs. less healthy foods and beverages: analysis of over 25,000 British households in 2010,” Social Science & Medicine, 92 (100), 22-26, 2013.


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