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Tim Tiefenbach

Tim Tiefenbach
Head of Business and Economics Section
Economics and Ethics
(Senior Research Fellows, October 1, 2011 - December 31, 2016)

After studying “Philosophy and Economics” Tim Tiefenbach received a PhD in Economics from the University of Bayreuth. Since October 2011 he is working as a senior research fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies. In his current research project he compares the life satisfaction of temporary and permanent employees with the aim to derive normative conclusions for the reform of the Japanese labour market. His research interests relate to happiness economics, new institutional economics and economic ethics.

DIJ Projects

Happiness in Japan before and after 3/11: An economic approach

Political Participation and Happiness in Japanese Community Groups

Temporary Employment in Japan and the Economics of Happiness

Completed DIJ Projects

Happiness in Japan: Continuities and Discontinuities

Great East Japan Earthquake

Publications

Articles

2015
[With: Kohlbacher, Florian] Disasters, donations, and tax law changes: Disentangling effects on subjective well-being by exploiting a natural experiment
In: Journal of Economic Psychology. Vol. 50. S. 94-112.
2015
[With: Goebel, J.; Krekel, C.; Ziebarth, N. R.] How Natural Disasters Can Affect Environmental Concerns, Risk Aversion, and Even Politics: Evidence from Fukushima and Three European Countries
In: Journal of Population Economics. Vol. 28 (4). pp. 1137-1180.
2015
[With: Kohlbacher, Florian] Individual differences in the relationship between domain satisfaction and happiness: The moderating role of domain importance
In: Journal of Personality and Individual Differences. Vol. 86. pp. 82-87.
2015
[With: Kohlbacher, Florian] Happiness in Japan in Times of Upheaval: Empirical Evidence from the National Survey on Lifestyle Preferences
In: Journal of Happiness Studies. Vol. 16 (2). pp. 333-366.
2015
Eine Frage der Zeit: Das Scheitern von Abenomics [Just a Matter of Time: The Collapse of Abenomics]
In: Chiavacci, David; Wieczorek, Iris (Ed.) Japan 2015: Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft. München: iudicium Verlag. pp. 197-215.
2014
[With: Coulmas, Florian] Civil Society and Happiness: Japan and Beyond
In: Voluntas. February 2015, Volume 26, Issue 1 (Onlineversion: 10.10.2014). pp. 1-4.
2014
[With: Kohlbacher, Florian] Subjective Well-being Across Gender and Age in Japan: An Econometric Analysis
In: Eckermann, E. (Ed.) Gender, Lifespan and Quality of Life: An International Perspective. Heidelberg: Springer Verlag. pp. 183-201.
2014
[With: Kohlbacher, Florian] Happiness in Japan in Times of Upheaval: Empi¬rical Evidence from the National Survey on Lifestyle Preferences
In: Journal of Happiness Studies. February 2014.
2014
[With: Holdgrün, Phoebe Stella] Happiness Through Participation in Neighborhood Associations in Japan? The Impact of Loneliness and Voluntariness
In: Voluntas. February 2015, Volume 26, Issue 1 (Onlineversion: 10.10.2014). pp. 69-97.
2014
[With: Holdgrün, Phoebe Stella] Vertrauen als Grundlage für Partizipation? Genderdifferenzen in japanischen Nachbarschaftsorganisationen
In: Chiavacci, David; Wieczorek, Iris (Ed.) Japan 2014. Berlin: pp. 48–72.
2012
[With: Kohlbacher, Florian] Subjektives Glücksempfinden und seine Einflussfaktoren im japanischen Kontext: Eine glücksökonomische Analyse der Ergebnisse des National Survey on Lifestyle Preferences [Subjective Perception of Happiness and its Influencing Factors in the Japanese Context: A Happiness-Economical Analysis of the Results of National Survey on Lifestyle Preferences]
In: Chiavacci, David; Wieczorek, Iris (Ed.) Japan 2012: Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft. Vereinigung für sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung. pp. 151-176.

Working Papers (Book)

2014
Happiness, Civil Society Participation and Voluntariness: Analyzing the Case of Neighborhood Associations in Japan . Working Papers 14/1. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 32 p.
2013
Disentangling the Happiness Effects of Natural Disasters: The Mitigating Effects of Charitable Donations . Working Papers 13/5. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 41 p.
2013
Natural Disaster, Policy Action, and Mental Well-Being: The Case of Fukushima . Working Papers 13/4. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 41 p.
2013
Happiness and Life Satisfaction in Japan by Gender and Age . Working Papers 13/2. Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 28 p.
2013
Happiness from the Viewpoint of Economics: Findings from Recent Survey Data in Japan . Working Papers 13/1. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien.

Other Articles

2015
[With: Kohlbacher, Florian] Disasters, donations and tax law changes
In: BCCJ Acumen E-Bulletin. September 2015. British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ).
2015
[With: Kohlbacher, Florian] The rise of solitary deaths
In: BCCJ Acumen E-Bulletin. May 2015. British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ).
2015
Der einsame Tod: Ein unterschätztes Phänomen [Lonely death: An underestimated problem?]
In: Weltweit vor Ort, Max Weber Stiftung. 02/2015. pp. 18-20.
2013
[With: Kohlbacher, Florian] Was Japaner glücklich macht [What makes the Japanese happy]
In: JapanMarkt. Januar 2013. Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammer in Japan. pp. 22-23.
2012
Fukushima - Aufarbeitung einer Katastrophe
In: Weltweit vor Ort, Max Weber Stiftung. 01/2012. pp. 30-32.
2011
Kofuku no Keizagaku kara miru Nihon no Hakenroudou [Japanese Temporary Agency Work from the Perspective of Happiness Economics]
In: Jinzai Bijinesu. 12/2011.

Teaching

Herbstsemester 2014
Culture and Economy
International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan

Wintersemester 2013
An Introduction to Happiness Economics: The case of Japan
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Germany

Presentations

July 4, 2013
Changes in Subjective Well-being and Attitudes in the Aftermath of Nuclear Disasters: A German-Japanese Comparison. OECD-Universities Joint Conference “Economics for a Better World”, Paris.

June 30, 2013
Work and Well-being in Japan: The Divergence between Importance of and Satisfaction with Work and its Impact on the Overall Happiness Level. IPPA 3rd World Congress on Positive Psychology, Los Angeles.

June 4, 2013
Loneliness: The blind spot in happiness economics. Public Happiness: Happiness Economics and Interpersonal relations Conference 2013, Rome.

November 2, 2012
Happiness, Lifestyle and Preferences in Japan before and after March 11. ISQOLS, Venice, Italy.

August 29, 2012
Glück in Japan vor und nach dem 11. März: Ergebnisse des National Survey on Lifestyle Preferences” [Happiness in Japan Before and After March 11: Results from the National Survey on Life Style Preferences]. 15. Deutschsprachiger Japanologentag [German-Speaking Congress of Japanese Studies], Zurich.

June 29, 2012
The Future of Japanese Capitalism: The Effects of Employment Protection Legislation on the Unemployment Rate. 24th Annual Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), Cambridge.

November 25, 2015
Measuring Domain Satisfaction: The Problem of Domain Importance. OECD Asia-Pacific Workshop on Subjective Well-being, Measurement and Policy Use, Statistical Training Center, Daejon.

September 19, 2015
The Structure of Happiness Across Age: An Empirical Examination of Furuichi’s ‘Happy Youth’ Hypothesis. The 88th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Sociological Society, Waseda University, Tokyo.

August 27, 2015
Regionale Effekte des 11. März auf Glücksempfinden und Spendenbereitschaft [Regional Effects of March 11 on Feelings of Happiness and Donations Behavior]. 16. Deutschsprachiger Japanologentag [German-Speaking Congress of Japanese Studies], Munich.

October 16, 2014
Observing Unobserved Effect Heterogeneity: The Importance of Domain Importance for Happiness Economics. International Workshop on Happiness, Doshisha University & EHESS, Paris.

September 15, 2014
Disentangling the Happiness Effects of Natural Disasters: The Mitigating Effects of Charitable Donations. Sustaining Quality of Life across the Globe, The XII. Quality of Life Conference, Berlin.

September 15, 2014
Fear of Solitary Death in Japan: Impact Factors and Policy Implications. Sustaining Quality of Life across the Globe, The XII. Quality of Life Conference, Berlin.

August 28, 2014
Activities in Neighborhood Associations in Japan: A Perspective from the Family. The 14th International EAJS Conference, Ljubeljana.

July 17, 2014
Political Participation and Procedural Utility from a Gender Perspective: Activities in Neighborhood Associations in Japan. XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology: Facing an unequal world: Challenges for Global Sociology, Yokohama.

February 25, 2014
Activities in Neighborhood Associations in Japan: Discovering the Drivers of Procedural Utility. International Workshop on Happiness, Doshisha University, Kyoto.

December 14, 2013
The Impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake on Happiness, Donations and Volunteer Activities. Annual Conference of the Association of Behavioral Economics and Finance (Japan) 2013, Kyoto.

September 29, 2013
The triple disaster of March 11 and its effect on the Japanese people. 1st EAJS Japan Conference, Kyoto.

July 29, 2014
Analyzing the link between political participation and happiness: A perspective from Japan. Improving the people’s lot? Different conceptions of well-being between promises and reality.

April 24, 2014
Loneliness among older people in Japan: A perspective from happiness economics. Deciphering the Social DNA of Happiness: Life Course Perspectives from Japan.

May 23, 2013
Political participation and happiness: Japan, the usual outlier?. Civil Society, Political Participation and Happiness.

CV


Since 10/2011
Senior Research Fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo

04/2009 – 07/2011
PhD in Economics, University of Bayreuth

09/2008 – 03/2009
Marketing Assistant, Panasonic Marketing Europe, Wiesbaden

10/2006 – 03/2008
Research fellow at the Gakushuin University, MEXT Scholarship Programme

10/2005 – 08/2008
Master‘s Degree in „Philosophy and Economics“, University of Bayreuth

09/2003 – 07/2004
Exchange student at the Gakushuin University, Tokyo

10/2001 – 09/2005
Bachelor in „Philosophy and Economics“, University of Bayreuth