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First Workshop on 'Behavioural Data Linking'

London School of Economics, Tuesday 14 June 2016, 9.30-18.00
Old 4.10 Old Building, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE London 

Organizer: Dr Matteo M Galizzi, m.m.galizzi@lse.ac.uk


The workshop aims at bringing together scientists and practitioners in research, government, and private institutions who work on ‘behavioural data linking’, that is, on linking data from behavioural economics experiments to representative surveys, administrative records, biomarkers banks, online panels, consumers scan data, and other data sources.

The workshop aims at fostering an initial collaborative discussion on the practical and methodological aspects related to this emerging field, and at bringing closer together the communities of behavioural, social, and data scientists working in the data linking area.

The workshop will also inaugurate an international network of researchers and practitioners (DLIBS) willing to share their experiences and best practices to implement and promote behavioural data linking, and to animate regular initiatives, workshops, and knowledge-exchange activities.

The workshop is funded by the LSE Knowledge Exchange HEIF5 fund, and is jointly supported by the LSE Department of Social Policy and the LSE Social and Economic Data Sciences Unit.

Each presentation will be given 30 minutes including questions and answers. Shorter presentations of work-in-progress in the early phases will be given 15 minutes, including questions and answers.



9.30 Welcome and introduction: Dr Matteo M Galizzi (LSE), Prof David Lewis (LSE), Prof Ken Benoit (LSE).


9.45-10.45 First session: Behavioural data linking: state of the art and opportunities.

Chair: Prof Ken Benoit (LSE)

9.45-10.15 Prof Glenn W Harrison (Georgia State University, CEAR): Linking behavioural and administrative data: the state of the art and the promise of things to come.

10.15-10.45 Prof Michaela Benzeval (University of Essex, ISER): Innovations in Understanding Society: opportunities and illustrations.


10.45-11.00 Coffee break


11.00-12.45 Second session: Behavioural data linking and health.

Chair Prof Michaela Benzeval (University of Essex, ISER)

11.00-11.30 Dr Matteo M Galizzi (LSE): Linking behavioural and survey data for a UK representative sample: external validity of risk preferences measures.

11.30-12.00 Dr Leonhard K Lades (University of Stirling): Present bias and everyday self-control.

12.00-12.30 Dr Antoine Nebout (INRA, UR1303, ALISS, University of Paris-Saclay): Measuring psychological traits outside the lab: the case of French GPs.

12.30-12.45 Dr Marisa Miraldo (Imperial Business School): Linking behavioural and administrative data: the case of medical innovation decisions in the UK.


12.45-14.00 Lunch at LSE Senior Common Room, fifth floor Old Building


14.00-15.00 Third session: Behavioural data linking and finance.

Chair: Prof Glenn W Harrison (Georgia State University, CEAR)

14.00-14.30 Dr Paul Smeets (Maastricht University): Why do investors hold socially responsible mutual funds?

14.30-15.00 Dr Joerg Weber (University of Nottingham): Linking elicitation of behavioural characteristics in surveys and experiments.


15.00-15.15 Coffee Break


15.15-16.00 Fourth session: Behavioural data linking and consumers.

Chair: Prof Raffaele Miniaci (University of Brescia)

15.15-15.45 Anna Bernard (PSE) and Marco Gazel (PSE): On the use of experimental and psychological measures to predict online voluntary contributions.

15.45-16.00 Dr Giovanna d’Adda (Politecnico di Milano): Social preferences and the effectiveness of social comparisons: evidence from energy conservation.


16.00-17:00 Fifth session: Behavioural data linking and policy.

Chair: Prof Liam Delaney (University of Stirling)

16.30-17.00 Annabelle Bonus (Department of Health) & Dr Tim Chadborn (Public Health England): Large behavioural RCTs in the field using routine data: untapped potential for impact.

16.00-16.30 Darragh Kelly (Financial Conduct Authority): Linking administrative and survey data in payday loan and insurance markets: practical policy, rigorous methods.


17.00-17.15 Coffee & tea


17.15-17.45 Wrapping up and final round table.


19.30 Workshop dinner


List of confirmed participants:

Prof Ken Benoit, Professor of Quantitative Social Research Methods, Head of Department of Methodology, London School of Economics.

Prof Michaela Benzeval, Professor of Longitudinal Research, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex, Principal Investigator of Understanding Society.

Anna Bernard, PhD student, Paris School of Economics.

Dr Annabelle Bonus, Department of Health.

Dr Elisa Cavatorta, Lecturer in Political Economy, Department of Political Economy, King’s College London.

Dr Tim Chadborn, Behavioural Insights Lead Researcher, Public Health England.

Dr Giovanna D’Adda, Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Management, Politecnico di Milano.

Prof Liam Delaney, SIRE Professor of Economics, Stirling University, Director of Stirling Behavioural Science Centre, Director of Research and Deputy Head, Stirling Management School.

Dr Amalia Di Girolamo, Lecturer in Experimental Economics, Department of Economics, University of Birmingham.

Dr Matteo M Galizzi, Assistant Professor of Behavioural Science, Department of Social Policy, LSE Health and Behavioural Research Lab, London School of Economics.

Marco Gazel, PhD student, Paris School of Economics.

Prof Glenn W Harrison, CV Starr Chair of Risk Management and Insurance, Director of Centre for Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR), Department of Risk Management and Insurance, J Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University.

Dr Darragh Kelly, Senior Associate, Behavioural Economics and Data Science, Financial Conduct Authority.

Dr Leonhard K Lades, Lecturer of Economics, Behavioural Science Centre and Division of Economics, Stirling Management School, University of Stirling.

Prof David Lewis, Professor of Social Policy and Development, Head of Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics.

Dr Marisa Miraldo, Associate Professor of Health Economics, Associate Head of Department of Management, Imperial Business School.

Prof Raffaele Miniaci, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Management, University of Brescia.

Dr Antoine Nebout, Research Fellow, INRA, UR1303, ALISS, University of Paris-Saclay.

Dr Paul Smeets, Assistant Professor in Finance, Maastricht University.

Dr Joerg Weber, Research Fellow in Economics, School of Economics, University of Nottingham.