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Yamamura, Eiji

Eiji Yamamura is Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics of the Seinan Gaikun University. His main research interests are Socio-economics, Industrial Economics, Sports Economics.

Contact details

Position: Professor, Seinan Gakuin University.

Office address: 6-2-92 Nishijin Sawara-ku Fukuoka 814-8511, JAPAN.

Email: [email protected]


B.A. in social science, 1995 Waseda University

M.S. in economics, 1999 Waseda University.

Ph.D. in economics, 2003  Tokyo Metropolitan University


2003-2005: Lecturer, Seinan Gakuin University

2005-2011: Associate Professor, Seinan Gakuin University.

2011-Present: Full Professor, Seinan Gakuin University.

Refereed journal articles

• Yamamura,E., Sonobe,T. & Otsuka, K., 2003. “Human capital, cluster formation, and international relocation: the case of the garment industry in Japan, 1968-98,” Journal of Economic Geography, vol. 3(1), pp. 37-56.

• Yamamura,E., Sonobe,T. & Otsuka, K., 2005. “Time path in innovation, imitation, and growth: the case of the motorcycle industry in postwar Japan,” Journal of Evolutionary Economics, vol. 15(2), pp. 169-186.

• Yamamura, E. & Shin,I. 2007. “Technological change and catch-up and capital deepening: Relative contributions to growth and convergence: comment,” Economics Bulletin, vol. 15(3), pp. 1-8.

• Yamamura,E. & Shin, I. 2007. “Dynamics of agglomeration economies and regional industrial structure: The case of the assembly industry of the greater Tokyo Region, 1960-2000,” Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, vol. 18(4), pp. 483-499.

• Yamamura,E. & Shin,I. 2008. “The influence of a leader and social interaction on attendance: The case of the Japanese professional baseball league, 1952-2003,”Journal of Socio-Economics,, vol. 37(4), pp. 1412-1426.

• Yamamura,E, 2008. “Determinants of trust in a racially homogeneous society,” Economics Bulletin, vol. 26(1), pp. 1-9.

• Yamamura,E. & Shin,I. 2008. “The benefit of efficiency improvement on growth and convergence: A study using Japan panel data,” Economics Letters, vol. 99(1), pp 209-211.

• Yamamura,E. 2008. “The effects of inequality, fragmentation, and social capital on collective action in a homogeneous society: Analyzing responses to the 2005 Japan Census,” Journal of Socio-Economics, vol. 37(5), pp. 2054-2058.

• Yamamura, E. 2008 “Impact of formal and informal deterrents on driving behavior,”  Journal of Socio-economics vol. 37(6), pp. 2505-2512.

• Yamamura, E. 2008. “Socio-economic effects on increased cinema attendance: The case of Japan,” Journal of Socio-economics vol. 37(6), pp. 2546-2555.

• Yamamura, E. 2008 “Diffusion of home computers and social networks: A study using Japanese panel data” Applied Economics Letters, vol. 15(15), pp. 1231-1235.

• Yamamura, E. 2008 “The market for lawyers and social capital: Are informal rules a substitute for formal ones?” Review of Law & Economics, Vol. 4 (1), Article 23, pp. 499-517.

• Yamamura, E. 2008 “Team payroll, competitive balance, and team performance in the Japan professional baseball league: A study using 1993-2004 panel data,” Empirical Economics Letters, Vol. 7(9), pp.909-916.

• Yamamura, E. 2009 “Technology transfer and convergence of performance: An economic study of FIFA football ranking”Applied Economics Letters vol. 16(3), pp. 261-266.

• Yamamura, E. 2009. “Rethinking rational addictive behavior and demand for cinema: A study using Japanese panel data” Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 16(7), 693-697.

• Yamamura, E. 2009. “Impact of formal and informal deterrents on crime,” Journal of Socio-economics, Vol. 38(4), 611-621.

• Yamamura,E. & Shin,I. 2009. “Effects of income inequality on growth through efficiency improvement and capital accumulation,” International Economic Journal. Vol. 23(2), 237-258

• Yamamura, E. & Shin, I. 2009. “Convergence, clustering and their effects on attendance in the Japan professional baseball league,” Applied Economics. Vol. 41(25), 3257-3265.

• Yamamura,E., 2009. “Dynamics of social trust and human capital in the learning process: The case of the Japan garment cluster in the period 1968-2005,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization Vol.72 (1), 377-389.

• Yamamura, E. 2010. "The effect of learning varies according to locality: Micro data analysis of the lawyer market in Japan" Japan & World Economy Vol.22(3), 193-197.

• Yamamura, E. 2010. “The different impacts of socio-economic factors on suicide between males and females,” Applied Economics Letters Vol. 17(10), 1009-1012.

• Yamamura, E. 2010. "How do female spouses’ political interests affect male spouses’ views about a women’s issue?," Atlantic Economic Journal, 38(3), 359-370.

• Yamamura, E. 2010. “Effects of Interactions among Social Capital, Income and Learning from Experiences of Natural Disasters : A case study from Japan,” Regional Studies 44 (8), 1019-1032.

• Yamamura,E. 2011. “Game information, local heroes, and their effect on attendance: The case of the Japanese baseball league,” Journal of Sports Economics 12, 20-35.

• Yamamura,E. 2011.  "The role of social trust in reducing long-term truancy and forming human capital in Japan," Economics of Education Review 30(2), 380-389.

• Yamamura,E. 2011. “The effects of the social norm on cigarette consumption: evidence from Japan using panel data,” Japan & World Economy 23(1), 6-12.

• Yamamura, E. 2011. “Effects of social norms and fractionalization on voting behavior in Japan,” Applied Economics 43 (11), 1385-1398.

• Yamamura, E., 2011. "Decomposition of the effect of government size on growth," Economics Letters, 112(3), 230-232.

• Yamamura,E. 2011. “ ’Brand’ and performance in a new environment: Analysis of the law school market in Japan,” Atlantic Economic Journal, 39(2), 155-164.

• Yamamura, E, 2011. "Positive externalities of congestion on health: A case study of chronic illness in Japan for the period 1988-2009". Theoretical and Empirical Researches in Urban Management journal, 6(3), 15-34.

• Yamamura,E. 2011. “Homeownership and investment for social capital in Japan: Dynamic Panel approach,” Economics Bulletin, 31(3), 2250-2259.

• Yamamura,E. 2011. “How are social ties formed? : Interaction of neighborhood and individual immobility.,” Forthcoming in Journal of Socio-Economics.

• Yamamura,E. 2011. “Government Size and Trust.,” Forthcoming in Review of Social Economy.

• Yamamura,E. 2011. “Different effects of social capital on health status among residents: evidence from modern Japan.,” Forthcoming in Journal of Socio-Economics.

• Yamamura,E. 2011. “How do neighbors influence investment in social capital? : Homeownership and length of residence,” Forthcoming in International Advances in Economic Research.

• Mano, Y., & Yamamura, E. 2011. “Effects of husband’s education and family structure on labor force participation and married Japanese women’s earnings,” Forthcoming in Japanese Economy.

• Yamamura, E., 2011. "What discourages participation in the lay judge system (Saiban’in Seido) of Japan? Interaction between the secrecy requirement and social networks"  Forthcoming in Japanese Economy.

• Yamamura, E, 2011. "The influence of government size on economic growth and life satisfaction. A case study from Japan," Forthcoming in Japanese Economy.

• Yamamura, E., 2011. "The effect of social trust on achievement test performance of students in Japan," Forthcoming in Applied Economics Letters.

• Yamamura, E., 2011. "Public education spending and outcomes: puzzle of skipping and completing school" forthcoming  in The IUP Journal of Public Finance.

• Yamamura,E. 2011. “The effects of neighborbood homeownership on individual investment for social capital: Evidence from Japanese General Social Surveys,” Forthcoming in Journal of Socio-Economics.

• Yamamura,E. & Mano, Y. 2011. “An Investigation into the Positive Effect of an Educated Wife on her Husband’s Earnings,” Forthcoming in International Advances in Economic Research.

• Yamamura,E. 2011. "Effect of Linguistic Heterogeneity on Technology Transfer: An Economic Study of FIFA Football Rankings," Forthcoming in Atlantic Economic Journal.

• Rodriguez, A., Halicioglu, F., and Yamamura,E. 2011. "Socieconomic determinants of suicide in Japan", forthcoming in Journal of Socio-Economics.

• Yamamura,E. 2012. " Effect of free media on views regarding nuclear energy after the Fukushima accident," Forthcoming in Kyklos.

Non refereed journal articles

Yamamura, E.2010. “Institutional change, competitive pressure and over-influential professors: The new Japanese bar examination” Journal of Advanced Research in Law and Economics Vol. 1(1), 67-82.

Book chapters

• Yamamura, E. 2009 “The role of social capital in homogeneous societies: Review of recent research in Japan,” in Gregory Tripp, Michael Payne and Dimitrus Diodorus (eds). Social Capital, pp. 269-288. Nova Science Publishers.

• Yamamura, E. 2009 “Social interaction effect on interleague play attendance: The case of the Japan professional baseball league,” in Gregory Tripp, Michael Payne and Dimitrus Diodorus (eds). Social Capital, pp. 289-302. Nova Science Publishers. (Reprinted in Anne T. Heatherton and Vivian A. Walcott (eds). 2009 Handbook of Social Interactions in the 21st Century, pp. 323-338. Nova Science Publishers; also in Brendan M. O'Connor (eds). Social and Psychological Issues in Sports, Nova Science Publishers; and also in 2009 Journal of Contemporary Athletics, Vol. 4 (1), pp.37-50).

Other professional activities

Referee for: Journal of Asian Economics, Journal of Socio-Economics (3), Review of Development Economics, Journal of Sports Economics(2), Regional Studies, Economics and Human Biology, Journal of Transportation Engineering, Economics of Education Review, Journal of Economic Survey, International Review of Applied Economics, Canadian Public Policy (Analyse de Politiques).


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