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Annual International Behavioural Public Policy Conference

Hosted by the Department of Social Policy
Supported by the Marshall Institute and STICERD

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 1st International Behavioural Public Policy Conference is postponed until September 2022.

More details will be added to this webpage in due course.


This new annual conference, the first of its type, aims to fill a gap by providing a forum for those interested in the link between behavioural science and public policy to discuss their work. Future conferences are planned to take place at universities around the world, but the first will be held at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Theoretical, methodological, conceptual and applied work will be considered for oral presentation. Selected papers are likely to fall within the broad scope of the journal, Behavioural Public Policy – namely that they will in some sense consider both behavioural theory and public policy issues from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives – and the authors of a selection of the best papers presented at the conference will be invited to have their work considered for a special issue of the journal.


Keynote speakers

Professor James Andreoni


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James Andreoni is a Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of California San Diego. He is a Sloan Foundation Fellow, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, past President of the Economic Science Association, former Co-Editor or the Journal of Public Economics, and co-founder of the Association for the Study of Generosity in Economics.  

Over his career, Andreoni has published widely in the fields of public finance, law and economics, environmental economics, experimental and behavioral economics, economic decision-making, and measuring risk and time preferences.   Over the years, however, Andreoni has maintained a persistent interest in altruism, fairness, and charitable giving.  He has contributed to the theoretical foundations of the economics of altruistic behavior, has used both lab and field experiments to test these theories, and written extensively on tax policy toward the charitable sector in the US, Great Brittan, and Canada.


Professor John List

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John A. List is the Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Wyoming. List joined the UChicago faculty in 2005, and served as Chairman of the Department of Economics from 2012-2018. Prior to joining UChicago, he was a professor at the University of Central Florida, University of Arizona, and University of Maryland.

His research focuses on questions in microeconomics, with a particular emphasis on using field experiments to address both positive and normative issues. For decades his field experimental research has focused on issues related to the inner-workings of markets, the effects of various incentives schemes on market equilibria and allocations, how behavioral economics can augment the standard economic model, on early childhood education and interventions, and most recently on the gender earnings gap in the gig economy (using evidence from rideshare drivers).

His research includes over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and several published books, including the 2013 international best-seller, The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life (with Uri Gneezy).