Masaru Sasaki received his Ph.D. in economics at Georgetown University in 1998, and subsequently joined the World Bank and then the Asian Development Bank. After serving at these international organizations, he was appointed as lecturer at Department of Economics, Kansai University. He then moved to Osaka University in 2004. He has since then served there.

Among his research interests are determinants of unemployment and mismatch in the labor market. He works not only on theoretical and empirical studies but also on laboratory experiments. He develops laboratory experiments to study the implications on various search models. In addition, he is interested in various topics covering from health economics to personnel economics.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in February 2012.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11319
Pramod Kumar Sur, Masaru Sasaki

Research in the field of customer discrimination has received relatively little attention even if the theory of discrimination suggests that customer discrimination may exist in the long run whereas employer and employee discrimination may not. This paper examines customer discrimination considering a unique dataset from the most popular sports industry...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10760

The paper develops a committee search model with ex-ante heterogeneous agents and designs laboratory experiments to test theoretical predictions. In the theoretical part of the study, there exists one and only one pivotal voter, who can perfectly and dominantly control the voting results of the committee search activities. The most...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8946

This paper studies a labor market search-matching model with multi-worker firms to investigate how firms utilize the extensive and intensive margins over the business cycle. The earnings function derived from the Stole-Zwiebel bargaining acts as an adjustment cost function for employment and hours. We calibrate the model to match the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8124

This paper explores the effects of the 1995 Hanshin–Awaji Earthquake on the wages of people in the area of the earthquake over the 17 years after its occurrence and identified which part of the wage distribution has been most affected by this event by comparing the wage distributions of disaster...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7933
Takao Asano, Hiroko Okudaira, Masaru Sasaki
published in: Theory and Decision, 2015, 79, 627-637

This paper's objective is to design a laboratory experiment to explore the effect of ambiguity on a subject's search behavior in a finite-horizon sequential search model. In so doing, we employ a new approach to observe the potential trend of reservation points that is usually unobserved. We observe a significant...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7836
published in: Journal of Behavioral Economics and Finance, 2013, 6, 37-46

This paper estimates the factors affecting the relationship between the wins and losses of corporate sports club teams and the work morale of employees, using an original survey of employees from a selected Japanese automobile maker. We find that corporate sports club teams' performance is an important factor influencing the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7559

This paper studies how changes in extended unemployment insurance (UI) benefit affect the duration of unemployment. We investigate this question by exploiting not only strict age thresholds but also the pre-displacement tenure and the reason for separation from the previous job in the Japanese UI system which determines a worker's...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7104

This paper uses a unique survey of the Chinese youth to construct a panel data in which we keep track of geographical and job mobilities. Our estimation results deliver the following major findings. (1) The sample individuals are highly mobile. Job quits and relocations are frequent and they are closely...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7077
published in: Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, 2013, 29, 44-56

This paper examines whether or not a prolonged unemployment period can raise the quality of job matching after unemployment. We focus on job tenure as an indicator of a good quality job match after unemployment. We match two sets of Japanese administrative data compiled by the public employment security offices:...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6861
published in: European Economic Review, 2013, 61, 59-76

The objective of this paper is to design a laboratory experiment for an infinite-horizon sequential committee search model in order to test some of the implications obtained by the model in Albrecht, Anderson, and Vroman (2010) (AAV). We find that, compared with single-agent search, the search duration is longer for...