Dr Andre Hofmeyr
Dr Andre Hofmeyr is a fellow of the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk at Georgia State University and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics, UCT where he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in game theory and a postgraduate course in experimental economics. Andre’s research has focussed on the experimental elicitation and estimation of risk preferences and time preferences, the provision of public goods, experimental measures of discrimination, and addiction, with a specific focus on gambling behaviour and smoking behaviour. Andre is particularly interested in the use of economic experiments in the health domain and thinks it is important to go into the field, after running “clean beaker” experiments in the lab, to bolster external validity.
Professor Justine Burns is a professor in the School of Economics, the Director of the Research Unit in Behavioural Economics and Neuroeconomics (RUBEN), and a research associate of the Southern African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU). Her research interests include behavioural and experimental economics, trust and social capital, discrimination, labour markets and social networks, and intergenerational mobility. Her experimental work has focused on the effects of socio-economic class, racial identity and income inequality on individual decision-making, group co-operation in the provision of public goods, the gender competitiveness gap, and the effect of intergenerational transfers on productivity. More recently, she has worked on a number of behavioural nudge pilot projects with the Western Cape government, in an attempt to apply principles of behavioural economics to enhance programme implementation.
Professor Martine Visser is a professor in the School of Economics, University of Cape Town and holds a Ph.D. from Gothenburg University in Sweden. Martine is currently a Research Chair with the African Climate & Development Initiative (ACDI). Martine specializes in behavioural economic applications to climate change, natural resource use, health and poverty alleviation. She is interested in how social norms and preferences such as trust, cooperation and risk aversion impact on decision making. Martine mainly uses experimental methods (in the lab and in the field) combined with survey analysis and randomized control trials. Recent experimental and empirical studies have focused on cooperation and risk related to climate change, risky sexual behavior and social norms. She is also involved in several projects investigating the role of local governance and social institutions in the provision of basic services to the poor and its effects on subjective wellbeing.