Bio and Research Interests

Research interests

Mechanism design theory
Contract theory
Game theory

Biography

Takuro Yamashita is assistant professor at the Toulouse Capitole University and member of the TSE economic theory research group. His research concerns mechanism design theory and contract theory. He has published a paper on multiple mechanism designers' strategic interaction, and has some papers on robust mechanism design and robust prediction in games. He is an organizer of TSE economic theory seminar. Takuro was awarded in 2016 a prestigious Starting Grant from the European Research Council.

Current position

2011Professeur associé, Toulouse School of Economics
2011Referee for Econometrica, Mathematical Social Sciences, Journal of Economic Theory, Economic Letters

Education

2011Ph.D. in Economics, Stanford University
2004M.A. in Economics, Hitotsubashi University (Japan)
2003B.A. in Economics, Hitotsubashi University (Japan)

Grants and awards

2016ERC Starting Grant for the project "Robust Mechanism Design and Robust Prediction in Games"
2010 - 2011B. F. Haley and E. S. Shaw Fellowship Support for Economics
2009 - 2010Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

ERC Starting Grant

Takuro was awarded an ERC Starting Grant in 2016 for the following project: 

Robust Mechanism Design and Robust Prediction in Games - ROBUST

In the last several decades, it has been extensively studied how strategic behavior of economic agents could affect the outcomes of various institutions. Game theory and mechanism design theory play key roles in understanding economic agents' possible behavior in those institutions, its welfare consequences, and how we should design economic institutions to achieve desired social objectives even if the agents behave strategically for their own interests.

However, existing studies mostly focus on somewhat narrow classes of economic environments by imposing restrictive assumptions. The proposed projects aim at providing novel theoretical frameworks which enable us to study agents' behavior and desirable institutions under much less assumptions. I believe that the projects have significant relevance in policy recommendation in practice and empirical studies, even though the proposed projects are primarily theoretical.

In mechanism design, most papers in the literature focus on environments with independently distributed private information. We propose two novel (robustness-based) approaches to analyze mechanism design in correlated environments, motivated by their practical and empirical relevance. The robustness brought by my approach can be useful to mitigate certain types of misspecifications in mechanism design in practice.

Moreover, the desirable robust mechanisms I obtain appear to be more sensible, and hence, can be useful for empirical studies of auction and other mechanism design problems.

In game theory, it is often assumed that the game to be played is common knowledge, or even with uncertainty, uncertain variables are assumed to follow a common-knowledge prior .However, in many situations in reality, those do not seem to be satisfied. Our goal is to provide a novel theoretical framework to predict players' behavior in such incompletely specified games, and to identify conditions for (monotone) comparative statics. Both could be useful in empirical studies.