Riga, Latvia

IMEBESS 2024

Riga, 23-25 May

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Andris Saulītis (University of Latvia & Collegio Carlo Alberto) is pleased to announce the Eighth International Meeting on Experimental and Behavioral Social Sciences (IMEBESS) at the University of Latvia, Riga on the 23rd - 25th May 2024.

Programme

IMEBESS had its inaugural meeting at Nuffield College, University of Oxford in April 2014. Since then, the meeting has been held at the Institute for Advanced Study at Toulouse in 2015, at the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli in 2016, at the Universitat de Barcelona in 2017, at the European University Institute in 2018, at the Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands, on 2-4 May 2019 and at the Lisbon School of Economics and Management, Lisbon, Portugal, on 18th - 20th May 2023.

IMEBESS intends to bring together researchers in all areas of the social sciences who are interested in experimental methods. We believe that research using behavioural and experimental approaches is increasingly informed by a very diverse range of research traditions. Hence, we are particularly interested in the participation of all social science disciplines with an interest in experimental and behavioural research, including anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology.


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Invited Speakers

Dorothea Kübler
WZB
Technische Universität Berlin

Dorothea Kübler

Dorothea Kübler is the director of the department 'Market Behavior' at the WZB and a professor of Economics at the Technische Universität Berlin. Her research uses experimental methods and game theory to examine decision-making and market design. In recent years, her work has concentrated on the design of matching markets, such as the centralized procedure for awarding places at universities in Germany. She also studies the influence of social and moral norms on behavior, as well as educational choices, discrimination, and the role of AI in the labor market. In 2020 Dorothea Kübler was awarded the Schader Prize and in 2023 the Prize of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW).

Dorothea is Vice Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), Vice Chair of the Einstein Foundation Berlin, and Vice President Europe of the Economic Science Association (ESA). She is a founding member of the “Matching in Practice” network and a member of the collaborative research center CRC TRR 190 “Rationality and Competition” and the cluster of excellence SCRIPTS. Dorothea studied in Philadelphia, Konstanz, and Berlin, and in 1992 completed her degree in Economics at the Freie Universität Berlin. She graduated with a PhD in 1997 and completed her habilitation in 2003 at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.


Amrita Dhillon
King's College London

Amrita Dhillon

Amrita Dhillon is a professor of Economics, based at King's College London. Her recent research has been in political economy and development economics. In the past she has worked in social choice theory, strategic voting, turnout, and on information economics and mechanism design in a wide variety of contexts from corporate governance to social networks and development economics. Most recently her work has been focused on the problem of low female labour participation in India and on activism using RCTs and survey experiments. She received a grant from the Global Integrity Anti corruption (GI-ACE) initiative as PI for a period of three years which was focused on issues of governance and accountability in top down audits vs community monitoring in India.

She has been Associate Editor of "Social Choice and Welfare" over the period 2008-2013, and is currently Associate Editor, International Tax and Public Finance (2016-2023 ) and Associate Editor, Journal of Public Economic Theory (2004- current), Senior Editor of Oxford Open Economics. In the past she has been a council member of the Royal Economic Society, UK and a member of the academic advisory panel for the Dept of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the UK. She has published in various economics journals such as Social Choice and Welfare, the Journal of Economic Theory, Econometrica, the Journal of Public Economics, Review of Finance, Journal of Development Economics etc.


Guy Grossman
University of Pennsylvania

Guy Grossman

Guy Grossman is a professor at the political science department at the University of Pennsylvania. His research is in applied political economy, with a substantive focus on governance, migration and forced displacement, human trafficking, and conflict processes, (mostly) in the context of developing countries. Grossman is the founder and co-director of Penn’s Development Research Initiative (PDRI-DevLab).

Grossman’s work has appeared in Science magazine, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science Advances, the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, and the Journal of Politics, among other journals. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University (2011, with distinction) as well as MA in Political Philosophy (2004, Summa cum laude) and LLB in Law (1999, Magna cum laude) both from Tel-Aviv University.

Organizing Committee

Raymond Duch
University of Oxford

Raymond Duch

Raymond Duch is an Official Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and the Director of the Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS), which currently has centres in Oxford, Santiago (Chile) and Pune (India). Prior to assuming these positions he was the Senator Don Henderson Scholar in Political Science at the University of Houston. He is currently the Long Term Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Toulouse School of Economics, a Director of the European Political Science Association, and Vice-President of the Midwest Political Science Association. He is a member of the UK Cabinet Office Cross-Whitehall Trial Advice Panel to offer Whitehall departments technical support in designing and implementing controlled experiments to assess policy effectiveness.

Professor Duch's research focuses on responsibility attribution, incorporating elements of theory, experiments and analysis of public opinion. In 2008 he published an award-winning book, The Economic Vote, that demonstrates that citizens hold political parties accountable for economic outcomes. His experiments have identified the information shortcuts that individuals deploy for responsibility attribution. More recently, Professor Duch has conducted experimental research into cheating, exploring its implications for tax compliance, corruption and economic performance. Professor Duch has conducted lab, field and online experiments throughout the world He lectures and also publishes on experimental methods. His research appears in the leading political science and economic journals. He is the founder of Behavioural Analytics that advises public and private clients.


Jordi Brandts
Institute for Economic Analysis (CSIC)

Jordi Brandts

Jordi Brandts holds a B.A. in Economics from the UAB and a Ph. D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Research Professor of the Institute for Economic Analysis (CSIC) and of the Barcelona School of Economics. He is also a Research Fellow of CESifo and a member of BELIS (Bilgi University, Istanbul). His research is experimental in areas such as the study of cooperation, organizational economics, industrial organizational and market analysis, conflict and the effects of communication on strategic interaction.

From 2008 to 2013 he held the Serra-Ramoneda/Catalunya Caixa Chair at the Department of Business of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. From 2007 to 2011 he was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Experimental Economics. From 2016 to 2021 he was Senior Editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance. Since 2013 he serves as Advisory Editor for Games and Economic Behavior and since 2016 of the Review of Economic Design. From 2016 to 2020 he was European vice-president of the Economic Science Association and since 2021 he is on the Advisory Board of the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB).


Enrique Fatás
European University of Valencia

Enrique Fatás

Enrique Fatás has joined the European University in Valencia (Spain) as a Professor of Economics at their Graduate School in Madrid, and as director of a newly created Behavioral Economics Institute. He is also a senior research fellow at the Center for Social Norms and Behavioral Dynamics and the Penn Development Research Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States, the Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics (CeDEx) at Nottingham University in the United Kingdom, and the Centre for Social and Behaviour Change at Ashoka University in India, among some others institutions.

Professor Fatás' research areas are behavioural economics, public economics, organizational behaviour, industrial organization and the economics of conflict. He has published his work in several journals in Economics and other disciplines (including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Management Science, or Psychological Science).


Laura Fortunato
University of Oxford

Laura Fortunato

Laura Fortunato is Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. She studied Biological Sciences at the University of Padova (Laurea, 2003) and Anthropology at University College London (MRes, 2004; PhD, 2009).

Professor Fortunato's research sits at the interface of biology and anthropology, with the aim to understand the evolution of human social and cultural behaviour, working on a variety of topics including family systems, culture, cooperation, competition, and social complexity.


Diego Gambetta
Collegio Carlo Alberto

Diego Gambetta

Diego Gambetta is Professor of Social Theory at the European University Institute, and an Emeritus Fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford. Born in Turin, Italy, he received his PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge, U.K, in 1983. From 1984 to 1991 he was Research Fellow at King's College, Cambridge. Since 1992 he has held various positions at the University of Oxford. He has been visiting professor at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Science Po and the Collège de France in Paris, ETH in Zurich, and Stanford University. Since 2000 he is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Professor Gambetta's research interests include Analytical Sociology, Mafias, Signalling Theory and Applications, Trust and Mimicry, Violent Extremists, and Experimental Methods.


Sonja Vogt
University of Lausanne

Sonja Vogt

Sonja is an associate professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Lausanne. She uses lab and field experiments to examine the social and psychological mechanisms practitioners can use to tackle societal and environmental challenges related to public health, education, climate change, and land degradation. Much of her research is in collaboration with UN agencies and local NGOs in Sudan, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, India, and Armenia.

Sonja is affiliated with Nuffield College and the Centre for Experimental Social Sciences at the University of Oxford, as well as the Centre for Development and Environment at the University of Bern.

Sonja has published in journals such as Nature, Science, Nature Human Behavior, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, and disciplinary journals in Psychology, Economics, and Biology.


Klarita Gërxhani
European University Institute

Klarita Gërxhani

Klarita Gërxhani is Professor in Socio-Economics and head of department of Ethics, Governance, and Society, at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). Before joining the VU she was professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute (EUI).

In her interdisciplinary research, she has pursued a combination of field surveys with laboratory-, field-, and survey-experiments. She is the author of various articles published in journals like Journal of Political Economy, American Journal of Sociology, Harvard Business Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Social Networks, European Sociological Review, Experimental Economics, American Behavioral Scientist, Journal of Institutional Economics, European Economic Review, Social Science Research, and many more.


Wojtek Przepiorka
Utrecht University

Wojtek Przepiorka

Wojtek Przepiorka is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology at Utrecht University. His research interests are in analytical, economic, and environmental sociology, organizational behavior and quantitative methodology. Wojtek uses a diverse set of research methods to study social norm dynamics, the workings of reputation mechanisms, communication in strategic interactions, intergroup relations, the interplay of moral norms and institutions, etc.

Before moving to the Netherlands, Wojtek was a research fellow at the Nuffield College and the Department of Sociology in Oxford. He studied sociology at University of Bern and completed his doctorate at ETH Zurich (with distinction). Among his recent publications are “The Moral Embeddedness of Cryptomarkets: Text Mining Feedback on Economic Exchanges on the Dark Web” (with A. Macanovic, Socio-Economic Review forthcoming) and “The Competitive Advantage of Sanctioning Institutions Revisited: A Multi-Lab Replication” (with S. Lo Iacono and others, PNAS Nexus).


Astrid Hopfensitz
emlyon business school

Astrid Hopfensitz

Astrid Hopfensitz is a professor at the emlyon business school in France and member of the GATE lab. Before coming to Lyon she was working at the Toulouse School of Economics and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST). In 2017 she was elected member of the Institute Universitaire de France (IUF).

Astrid main research interest concerns the influence of emotions and psychological dimensions on economic decision making and behavior. She uses economic experiments in combination with psychological methods. In recent years she has been interested in topics related to social ties and social intelligence. She studied applied mathematics (Wirtschaftsmathematik) at the University of Ulm, Germany and economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She did her PhD in experimental economics at CREED, the experimental economics lab at the University of Amsterdam. After her PhD she did her Postdoc at the interdisciplinary center on affective sciences (CISA) in Geneva.


Edward Asiedu
University of Ghana Business School

Edward Asiedu

Dr. Edward Asiedu is a development economist and a lecturer at the University of Ghana Business School. He is also a research fellow and former postdoctoral research and teaching fellow at the Chair of Development Economics at the University of Passau, Germany. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Gottingen Germany and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Guelph, Ontario Canada.

His research is centered around topics in development economics, development finance, experimental and behavioral economics, public sector finance and impact evaluation of development projects. He has consulted for a number international organization on different projects, ranging from strengthening national and district revenue mobilization (World Bank), financing climate-resilience (European Union), enhancing business school training for farmers (GIZ), evaluating Ghana’s financial sector 2017 (GIZ and the Ministry of Finance), evaluating the Medium-Term Agricultural Sector Investment Programme (METASIP), METASIP I & II (FAO) to evaluating the effectiveness of the decentralization programme in Togo (German Development Institute, DIE).

He has presented his work in a number of important international conferences, such as the Centre for Study of African Economies (CSAE) conference on Africa’s development at the University of Oxford, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in Boston, PEGNET Development Conference in ETH Zurich Switzerland, Canadian Economics Association (CEA) conference in Nova Scotia Canada, Economic Development Conference at the University of Wisconsin -Madison. He is a member of the Economic Science Association and the Canadian Economics Association. He has published his work in journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Review of Income and Wealth, World Development, World Development Perspective, Review of Development Economics, International Journal of Development Issues, etc.


Andris Saulītis
University of Latvia
Collegio Carlo Alberto

Andris Saulītis

Andris Saulītis is the Senior Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the University of Latvia and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellow at the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Italy. He holds a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology from The New School for Social Research, USA, and a PhD in Sociology from the European University Institute, Italy. His diverse educational background has equipped him with the proficiency to employ both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, particularly in the areas of economic behaviours and policy implementations. He has a distinguished record of conducting field experiments in collaboration with businesses and state institutions, tackling complex issues like debt collection, recycling behaviour and tax compliance.

Andris work has been published in Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance and Critical Housing Analysis and other outlets. His forthcoming work on Covid-19 vaccination uptake will be featured in the book “What Works, What Doesn't (and When): Case Studies in Applied Behavioral Science”, edited by Dilip Soman and published by the University of Toronto Press.

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