Social inclusion, particularly in the labor market context, has become a pressing issue in Japan as its economy faces a demographic crisis due to rapidly increasing population proportion of the elderly.

Many social norms and economic practices observed in Japan fundamentally differ from those in the West. These norms and practices, while interesting in themselves from a socio-economic point of view, pose a substantial hurdle to effective social inclusion and thus to revitalization of Japan’s aging economy. Let us address and discuss three interrelated issues crucial to understanding the difficulties involved in Japan’s social inclusion efforts: gender equality, labor market practices and group belongingness. I will center my talk on informal narratives based on introspection and personal migration and cross-cultural experience, backed by references to empirical data.


Presented by Assoc Prof. Greg Mardyła from Kindai University in Osaka, Japan.

Greg Mardyła is an Associate Professor of Economics at Kindai University in Osaka, Japan, presently on sabbatical at RMIT School of Economics, Finance and Marketing. He earned his PhD in Economics from Yokohama National University. His past research has mainly focused on behavioral biases in information processing and their effects on financial markets, with main topics of interest being: investor self-image biases, borrowing aversion, financial herding, and perception of randomness. Greg’s Eastern-European background coupled with many years spent living and working in Japan has recently sparked an interest in studying the significance of cross-cultural diversity in social norms and values for economic behavior. Having recently started with an economic experiment on conformity in deception and altruism, he hopes to spend the next phase of his research life exploring group identity, trust, social norms and related socio-behavioral phenomena.


Room 3

Level 2  (next to the School of GUSS reception)

City Campus, Building 37

411 Swanston Street




23 March 2018


Drinks, snacks and thought-provoking conversation provided.