Florence, 3-5 May

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The Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences of the University of Oxford (CESS) is pleased to announce the Fifth International Meeting on Experimental and Behavioral Social Sciences (IMEBESS) at the European University Institute, Florence, on May 3-5 2018.

IMEBESS has started as a succession of the International Meeting series on Experimental and Behavioral Economics (IMEBE), and had an inaugural meeting at Nuffield College, University of Oxford in April 2014. Since then the meeting has occurred annually, at the Institute for Advanced Study at Toulouse in 2015, at the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli in 2016, and at the Universitat de Barcelona in 2017.

IMEBESS intends to bring together researchers in all areas of the social sciences who are interested in experimental methods. We believe that behavioural economics 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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Organizing Committee

Michele Belot

Michele Belot is Professor of Economics at the University of Edinburgh and at the European University Institute. Her research is mainly empirical and in the area of behavioural and labour economics. Prof. Belot’s current projects are related to habitual behavioural (particularly in the context of diet), bounded memory and counterproductive behaviour in the workplace. Her work is based on various types of data; from traditional surveys to non-standard field data and data collected through controlled experiments in the laboratory. Prof. Belot’s extensive work has been published in journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Management Science, Review of Economic and Statistics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and many others.

Prof. Belot received her Ph.D. in Economics from Tilburg University (CentER).

Jordi Brandts

Jordi Brandts is a research professor at IAE-CSIC and Barcelona GSE Research Professor. He is also a Research Fellow of CESifo. 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 2008-2013 he held the Serra-Ramoneda/Catalunya Caixa Chair at the Department of Business at UAB. From 2007-2011 he was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Experimental Economics. He currently serves as Advisory Editor for Games and Economic Behavior, Associate Editor of Review of Economic Design, and Senior Editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance. He is also European Vice-President of the Economic Science Association.

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.

Enrique Fatás

Enrique Fatás is currently at Loughborough University and Universidad del Rosario. Before that, Enrique was the Head of School and a full-time professor at the School of Economics at the University of East Anglia. He is also co-Investigator of the ESRC Network for Integrated Behavioral Science and the National Science Foundation Collaborative Research NSCC/SA project Behavioural Insights into National Security Issues. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Competition Policy and at the Center for Behavioral and Experimental Social Science.

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

Laura Fortunato is Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Tutorial Fellow of Magdalen College, University of Oxford. She is also 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 works on a variety of topics at the interface of biology and anthropology with aims to understand the evolution of human social and cultural behaviour, including the evolution of human family systems, cultural evolution, and cooperation and social complexity.

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.

Klarita Gërxhani

Klarita Gërxhani is Professor and Chair in Sociology at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute. In her interdisciplinary research, Prof. Gërxhani has pursued a combination of laboratory experiments with field surveys. She is the author of various articles published in journals like Annual Review of Sociology, Social Networks, PloS ONE, European Sociological Review, Experimental Economics, European Economic Review, Social Science Research, Journal of Economic Psychology, European Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, etc.

Professor Gërxhani has been co-director of the programme group "Institutions, Inequalities and Life Courses" at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, and Chair of Board of Examiners of the B.A. and M.A. in Sociology at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Amsterdam. She received a Ph.D. in Economics from the Tinbergen Institute.

David Klinowski

David Klinowski is a Postdoctoral Research Officer at the Santiago Centre for Experimental Social Sciences of the Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and the Universidad de Santiago de Chile. His research is in the area of Behavioral Economics, and uses experiments in the laboratory and the field, as well as naturally generated data, to explore prosocial behavior and gender issues. He received his Ph.D. in Economics in 2016 from the University of Pittsburgh.

Invited Speakers

Herbert Gintis

Herbert Gintis is External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute, and Professor Emeritus at the Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is an American economist, behavioral scientist, and educator known for his theoretical contributions to sociobiology, especially altruism, cooperation, epistemic game theory, gene-culture coevolution, efficiency wages, strong reciprocity, and human capital theory.

Prof. Gintis is the author of numerous research papers in leading economic journals, and books that include Individuality and Entanglement (2016), Game Theory in Action (2016), A Cooperative Species (2013), The Bounds of Reason (2009), Schooling in Capitalist America (1976) and many others. He also coedited with Joe Henrich, Robert Boyd, Samuel Bowles, Colin Camerer, and Ernst Fehr, the book Foundations of Human Sociality: Economic Experiments and Ethnographic Evidence from Fifteen Small-scale Societies (2004).

Prof. Gintis received his B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania (1961), and his M.A. in Mathematics and his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University (1962, 1969).

Macartan Humphreys

Macartan Humphreys is a Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, Director of the Research group “Institutions and Political Inequality” at the WZB in Berlin, a founding member of the Experiments in Governance and Politics network, and President of the APSA Experiments section.

He works on the political economy of development and formal political theory. His ongoing research focuses on post-conflict development, ethnic politics, political authority and leadership, and democratic development with a current focus on the use of field experiments to study democratic decision-making in post-conflict and developing areas. He has worked in Chad, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Liberia, Mali, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Uganda, and elsewhere. His recent work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, World Politics, the Economic Journal, and elsewhere. He has written or coauthored books on ethnic politics, natural resource management, and game theory and politics.

Macartan is a former Trudeau fellow and scholar of the Harvard Academy. He holds a B.A. in history and political science from Trinity College Dublin (1994), an M.Phil. in economics from Oxford (2000), and an A.M. and Ph.D. in government from Harvard University (1998, 2003).

Dean Karlan

Dean Karlan is a Professor of Economics and Finance at Northwestern University, and President and Founder of Innovations for Poverty Action, a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and promoting solutions to global poverty problems, and working to scale-up successful ideas through implementation and dissemination to policymakers, practitioners, investors and donors. In 2015, he founded ImpactMatters, a nonprofit dedicated to producing impact audits, which assesses whether an organization uses and produces appropriate evidence of impact.

His research focuses on microeconomic issues of poverty, typically employing experimental methodologies and behavioral economics insights to examine what works, what does not, and why in interventions in sustainable income generation for those in poverty, household and entrepreneurial finance, health behavior, and charitable giving. He works on issues for low-income households in both developing countries and the United States.

Karlan is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the M.I.T. Jameel Poverty Action Lab. Karlan received a Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T., an M.B.A. and an M.P.P. from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Virginia.

Cristine Legare

Cristine Legare is an associate professor of psychology and the director of the Cognition, Culture, and Development Lab at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research examines the interplay of the universal human mind and the variations of human culture to address fundamental questions about cognitive evolution and cultural learning. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in southern Africa, and is currently doing research in Brazil, China, and Vanuatu (a Melanesian archipelago), using both experimental and ethnographic methods.

Her research and training reflect her commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to the study of cognitive development. She draws on insights from cognitive, cultural, developmental, educational, and evolutionary psychology as well as cognitive and evolutionary anthropology and philosophy, with the aim of facilitating cross-fertilization within and across these disciplines. As an undergraduate, she took coursework from a variety of social science disciplines, double majoring in human development and cultural studies at the University of California, San Diego. In graduate school, she participated in the Culture and Cognition Program while completing her doctorate in developmental psychology at the University of Michigan.

Cristine’s research has been widely published in a number of high-impact journals, including Psychological Science, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Cognition, and Evolution and Human Behavior, and has been covered by a range of media outlets, including NPR, Nature, The Wall Street Journal, and Scientific American. Her research has received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), the National Science Foundation, the McDonnell Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). Cristine was recognized with the 2015 APS Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions and the 2016 APA Boyd McCandless Award for her research on the evolution and ontogeny of cognition and culture.

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