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We are pleased to announce the Seventh International Meeting on Experimental and Behavioral Social Sciences (IMEBESS) at the Lisbon School of Economics and Management, Lisbon, Portugal, on 18th - 20th May 2023.

Programme Date/time Programme

IMEBESS was 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, at the Universitat de Barcelona in 2017, at the European University Institute in 2018 and the Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands, on 2nd - 4th May 2019.

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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Methodological Challenges of Meta Analysis in the Social Sciences

This two-day pre-conference workshop is scheduled for the 16th - 17th May 2023, just prior to the main IMEBESS Conference. Registered attendees to the IMEBESS 2023 conference are eligible to attend the workshop.


Organizing Committee

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).

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 based at Loughborough University and the University of Pennsylvania. 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.

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.

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 Harvard Business Review, Journal of Political Economy, Annual Review of Sociology, Social Networks, European Sociological Review, Experimental Economics, American Behavioral Scientist, PloS ONE, Journal of Institutional 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.

Wojtek Przepiorka

Wojtek Przepiorka is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology at Utrecht University. His research interests are in analytical and economic sociology, game theory, organizational behavior and quantitative methodology. Wojtek uses laboratory, field and online survey experiments to investigate how social norms emerge, are enforced and change. For example, he currently investigates how descriptive norms of ICT use affect people’s privacy attitudes and behaviors (with C. Horne, Washington State University), or how the sharing of compromising information about deviant acts can promote trust and cooperation in extra-legal contexts (with D. Gambetta, EUI Florence).

Before moving to the Netherlands, Wojtek was a research fellow at Nuffield CESS and the Department of Sociology in Oxford. He studied sociology at University of Bern and completed his doctorate at ETH Zurich (with distinction). His research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, American Sociological Review, European Sociological Review, Evolution and Human Behavior, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, Social Forces, and other disciplinary and cross-disciplinary outlets.

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.

Joana Pais

Joana Pais is Associate Professor at the Lisbon School of Economics & Management (ISEG), Universidade de Lisboa. She holds a PhD in Economics from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2005), a Master's degree in Economics from Nova University of Lisbon, and graduated in Economics from Universidade de Coimbra.

She is currently the coordinator of XLAB - Behavioural Research Lab and a member of the Board of the research centres UECE - Research Unit on Complexity and Economics and REM - Research in Economics and Mathematics. Her research interests include areas such as behavioural and experimental economics, game theory, matching theory, and market design. She has published on these topics in journals like Economic Theory, Experimental Economics, Games and Economic Behavior, and International Economic Review.

Sandra Maximiano

Sandra Maximiano is Associate Professor at the Lisbon School of Economics & Management (ISEG), Universidade de Lisboa.

Invited Speakers

Ryan Enos

Ryan D. Enos is a Professor of Government and Faculty Associate in the Institute for Quantitative Social Science specializing in American Politics, Political Psychology, and Race and Ethnic Politics. He studies political behavior and intergroup attitudes through laboratory and field experiments and other methods. He directs the Working Group in Political Psychology, an interdisciplinary forum for research on the microfoundations of citizen and elite behavior, and the Harvard Digital Lab for the Social Sciences.

Ryan's research has been published in the American Political Science Review, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Journal of Political Science, in addition to other outlets, and has been covered in major media outlets such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. He earned his AB in political science and history from U.C. Berkeley and his MA and PhD in political science from UCLA. Before entering academia, he was a teacher at Paul Robeson High School in Chicago, IL.

Abigail Barr

Abigail Barr joined the University of Nottingham in the summer of 2011. Before coming to Nottingham, she was a researcher at the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) and the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford. She is also an associate of the Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Science and the Institute of Fiscal Studies.

Abigail's research focuses on the socially embedded decision-maker. She has designed and implemented a variety of lab and lab-type experiments involving students in several countries, villagers in Zimbabwe, Colombia, Uganda, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan, private-sector waged workers and unemployed people in the UK, Chile, Peru, Ghana, South Africa, and Spain and health workers and teachers in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Albania. Four themes have dominated her work to date: the role of other-regarding preferences in individual decision-making; how people set up and hold each other to mutually beneficial agreements; citizens' willingness and ability to hold public service providers to account; and the factors and mechanisms determining individual preferences and values.

Alexander Wright Cappelen

Alexander W. Cappelen is a professor at the Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), where his academic positions include Deputy Director of the Centre of Excellence FAIR (Centre for Experimental Research on Fairness, Inequality and Rationality), co-director of the research group The Choice Lab, and Chairman of Centre for Ethics and Economics.

His research interests are behavioral, experimental and public economics, business ethics, social choice theory, political philosophy and distributive justice. Cappelen has published extensively in leading international journals.

Eleanor Power

Eleanor Power is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Methodology. She completed her PhD in Anthropology at Stanford University in 2015. Prior to joining LSE in 2017, she was an Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute.

Eleanor is an anthropologist interested in how religious belief, practice, and identity interact with and shape interpersonal relationships. She studies these dynamics through fieldwork conducted in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods, primary among which is social network analysis. Her work is informed by signaling theory and the wider scholarship of human behavioral ecology. She is interested in the dynamics of social networks, especially relative to the factors that influence cooperation, competition, trust, and prestige. More generally, Eleanor is interested in investigating questions regarding: the role of religion in society, the interaction between costly signaling and cooperation, gender differences in prominence and social capital, and the dynamics of gossip and social censure.

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