Every year, IAREP provides sponsorship for several workshops. The call for workshop proposals is usually issued at the beginning of the year. Please review the IAREP newsletters for information about funded workshops.
The IAREP managing committee committed to fund six workshops and summer schools in 2020 with 1,200 Euro each.
1. CEBEX Summer School on Behavioral Sciences 2020
Location: Center for Behavioral Experiments (CEBEX), Prague, Czech Republic
Date: July 20 to 22 and July 27 to 30, 2020
Report: The fourth year of the CEBEX Summer School on Behavioral Sciences was held at the end of July 2020 in Prague. This year the summer school ran online because of the coronavirus situation. There were 6 courses relating to different areas of behavioral sciences: 2 crash courses (Introduction to R, Standard Behavioral Economics) and 4 advanced courses (Behavioral Data Analysis in R, Behavioral Development Economics, Behavioral Public Policy, Evolutionary Behavioral Economics). They were taught by a total of 11 lectures from 7 countries. We wanted to provide an opportunity for people from low-income countries to attend the summer school. Thanks to the IAREP student fellowship, 3 students, which we selected based on their motivational letters, attended our courses. There were a total of 41 students from 19 countries. Even though this was the first time when we organized the summer school online, everything went very well. As one of the scholarship recipients wrote to us, “Before I started with the classes, I had no basic knowledge of R or behavioural economics. However, after the intensive course over 2 weeks, I learned so much that now I feel comfortable with these disciplines, and I am going to take a module related to these in my university. The faculty and management were very understanding and helpful. They were very efficient with the mails. These are trying times, and still, we all made it together.”
2. 2nd ECMCRC Summer School on Behavioral and Neuroscientific Research for Economics, Finance and Accounting of the European Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre
Location: DCU Business School, Dublin City University, Ireland
Date: July 6 to 10, 2020
Report: The 2nd ECMCRC Summer School on Behavioral and Neuroscientific research for Economics, Finance and Accounting was hosted by the DCU Business School from July 6 to July 10, 2020. This edition of the Summer School was run virtually to overcome the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. 50 participants from 14 countries had the opportunity to engage with academics coming from three different continents and to learn from them the key theories, instruments and techniques currently used to undertake high-impact behavioral and neuroscientific research projects in the fields of economics, finance and accounting. The last days of the Summer School was dedicated to a paper development workshop. Attendees had the opportunity to develop a paper proposal for submission to a Special Issues published by Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy (JBEP) titled, “Recent Applications and Developments in Behavioural Economics and Finance.” The six attendees who submitted the best proposals were granted a scholarship sponsored by IAREP that covered their full cost to attend the Summer School. Given the success of this edition, a third edition has been scheduled already for July 2021. More information will be released shortly on the ECMCRC Website.
3. The Art and Science of Applying Behavioural Science: Gathering Evidence on the Process of Collaborating with Non-academic Partners
Location: University of Stirling, United Kingdom
Date: October 16, 2020.
Report: The Behavioural Science Centre at the University of Stirling was delighted to welcome speakers from the German Development Institute and academic institutions in Leicester, the US and Estonia to discuss their experiences collaborating with organizations (including the World Bank and Google) on testing behavioural change interventions in the field. The event was sponsored by Economic Futures and the International Association for Research in Economic Psychology.
The event opened with an observation by the event organizer David Comerford that that there is a missing market in the social science literature for papers that describe systematically how to implement an intervention in practice. Comerford concluded that we are now well placed to answer such questions, particularly since the mainstreaming of experimentation and behavioural economics. Anna Pegels of the German Development Institute spoke with Comerford about her experience running a trial to promote waste separation among households in rural Argentina. The trial was resourced by the World Bank but notwithstanding that clout, there were still enormous challenges in terms of thinking through the nitty gritty aspects of the intervention.
Leonore Riitsalu of the University of Tartu, Estonia, then spoke with Stirling Behavioural Science Centre director Conny Wollbrant about two trials that she ran with financial institutions. Her experience speaks to the “human factor” in scientific research: individuals who take initiatives, even though well-intentioned, can distort the implementation of a trial. Former Stirling Behavioural Science MSc program director Till Stowasser interviewed Edward Cartwright of De Montfort University about his attempts to audit small firms’ cybersecurity. He concluded that a combination of ignorance of risks, a head-in-the-sand and a sense that cybersecurity is someone else’s responsibility conspire to leave small firms vulnerable to attack.
The session ended with a chat between Ernest Baskin of St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia and Dr. Simon McCabe, deputy director of Behavioural Science at Stirling. Ernest described the lessons he took from working with Google, Yale’s Heath system and local municipalities. He pointed in particular to the value of preparedness – setting clear and reasonable expectations regarding rights and responsibilities in advance of a trial and following-up intermittently to insure the trial is running as intended.
4. European Group of Process Tracing Studies (EGPROC)
Location: Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Date: June 30 - July 2, 2021, corona permitting.
Conference website: https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/research/institutes-and-research-groups/tiber/egproc-2020
5. Empirical Methods in Behavioral Economics (EMBE-2020)
Location: German Economics Research Institute (DIW), Berlin, Germany
Date: Postponed to 2021
6. The role of monetary incentives in experimental methods for testing hypothesis on human behaviors and social interactions
Location: University of Florence, Italy
Date: Postponed to 2021
Date: November 29, 2020