Dimitry RTISCHEV(ディミトリ リティシェフ)Professor


Department of Management:Strategic Behaviour, Ventures and Entrepreneurs


Ph.D. Economics, University of California at Berkeley (2000)
M.S. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1989)
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1989)
B.S. Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1989)

Faculty of Economics, Gakushuin University (2004 - Present)
Venture management, technology management, engineering, USA (1989-2003)

Contact Information


Research Fields

Strategic Behavior, Ventures and Entrepreneurship


  • "Talent vs. Wealth in a Credentials Race: A Theoretical Study" Gakushuin Economic Papers 58:3, October 2021
  • "Competing to belong and working to pay for it: a socioeconomic model of the link between productivity and work-life balance" International Review of Economics, 67(4), December 2020
  • "Intensity of Effort in Contests with Few or Many Winners" Gakushuin Economic Papers, 57:1-2, August 2020
  • "A Study of How Pursuit of Wealth Rank Distorts Risk Preferences" Gakushuin Economic Papers 55:4, February 2019
  • "Labor-Leisure Choice and Relative Income Concerns in the Shadow of the Housing Market" Journal of Economic Issues, 52:3, September 2018
  • "Net Buyers and Sellers of Labor: Linkage between Monetary and Time Inequality" Gakushuin Economic Papers, 54:4, February 2018
  • "A strategic behavior analysis of why ventures are risky for young people in Japan but not in Silicon Valley" Journal of Japanese and International Economies, 44, 2017
  • "Evolution of Mindsight and Psychological Commitment among Strategically Interacting Agents" Games, 7(3):27, September 2016
  • "How the Sunk Costs of Incumbents Make Entrants Important for Innovation: A Model and Implications for Policy" Gakushuin Economic Papers, 52:4, January 2016
  • "Strategic commitment to pursue a goal other than profit in a Cournot duopoly" Gakushuin Economic Papers, 49:2, July 2012
  • "Evolution of vulnerability to pain in interpersonal relations as a strategic trait aiding cooperation" Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 21:5, 2011
  • "Licensing of a lower-cost production process to an asymmetric Cournot duopoly" Gakushuin Economic Papers, 45:4, January 2009
  • "Risk-bearing in a winner-take-all contest" Gakushuin Economic Papers, 45:1, April 2008
  • "Virtual Economies" Hitotsubashi Business Review, 54:4, Spring 2007 (in Japanese)
  • "The slippery logic of market capitalization as a measure of company value" Shukan Toyo Keizai, June 10, 2006 (in Japanese)
  • "Business models for digital content goods" Shukan Toyo Keizai, Nov. 27, 2004 (in Japanese)
  • "Social and Structural Barriers to the IT Revolution in High-Tech Industries" in Jane Bachnik, ed., "Roadblocks on the Information Highway: The IT Revolution in Japanese Education" (Studies of Modern Japan) Lexington Books, New York, 2003 (with R. Cole)

Professional Affiliations

Japan Academic Society for Ventures and Entrepreneurs

Research Topics

I study strategic behavior by individuals, firms, and schools in the institutional context of market economies. I focus on contemporary problems such as housing unaffordability, overwork, time poverty, earn-and-spend treadmill, inequality, and entrepreneurial risk-taking. I also explore foundational issues such as the connection between human vulnerability and cooperation, the motivation for gambling even when the odds are bad, and the effect of making psychological commitments and observing the psychological commitments of others. I use a variety of methods and approaches including game theory, microeconomics, institutional economics, computer simulations, international comparisons, and evolutionary psychology.
Current research: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dimitry_Rtischev

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