CfP JBEP Special Issue on “Nudging and Heuristics”

Traditionally economics has assumed that individuals are (perfectly) rational, consciously calculating benefits and costs before making a decision. Behavioral economics research has called this assumption into question, replacing the perfectly rational assumption with bounded, selective, quasi, and near rationality. If we are not calculating costs and benefits before deciding then how do we decide? One way of making decisions is the use of heuristics, short cuts, often the product of unconscious mental processes. Research by Gerd Gigerenzer and others has shown that heuristic can be as effective if not more effective then decision making as the result of conscious cost and benefit calculations.

Simplifications of insights around heuristics and bias have been developed into new policy instruments in the form of “nudges”. Nudging has become a lucrative and influential industry for changing decision making, and nudges are now widely used by private and public institutions. Thaler and Sunstein in Nudge define a nudge as anything which “alters people’s behavior in a predictable way without forbidding any options or significantly changing their economic incentives .” Can individuals be “nudged” by government and commercial organizations towards different decisions, which are not necessarily better from the individual’s perspective? Or are nudges ultimately a more effective and efficient way for government to achieve key policy goals?

This Special Issue will explore heuristics and nudges and the connections between them. Some of the issues we would like to address include the history of the concepts of nudging or heuristics in economics; which economic questions and problems can nudging and heuristics explain; and what is the empirical evidence for the value of nudging and heuristics? All papers or any topic concerning nudges and/or heuristics are welcome. Guest editors, Michelle Baddeley (Institute for Choice, University of South Australia), and Shabnam Mousavi (Sabnam Mousavi, Johns Hopkins University, and Max Planck Institute, Berlin).

For papers about nudging, please send an abstract of 500 words or less to Michelle Baddeley at, and for papers about heuristics, please send an abstract to Shabnam Mousavi at Abstract (500 words or less) submission deadline: August 1, 2017.



SABE France Workshop

Dear all,

We are pleased to announce the organization of a SABE France event: the Experimental Advances in Organizational Behavior Workshop, on May 23 and 24, in Dijon, France.

This workshop is organized by Eli Spiegelman and Angela Sutan, from LESSAC, Nicolas Jacquemet, from Paris School of Economics, Brice Corgnet (EM Lyon and GATE) and Roberto Hernan (Nottingham University).

The program is available here:

We will transmit this event live on our Facebook page:, starting Tuesday, May 23, 9.30, and, in case of technical problems, we will post the videos after on the same Facebook page.

SABE travel scholarships – Vienna workshop

Workshop “The Future of Ownership Research”

7th – 8th July 2017  –  Vienna University of Economics and Business

Call for travel scholarships available here

Ownership is a concept that is fundamentally linked to almost all transactions in our society. Every economic transaction also involves a transfer of ownership.

It is therefore no surprise that a plethora of disciplines has investigated the phenomenon, its psychological underpinnings, and its consequences.

Topics covered range from endowment effects to psychological ownership in employment contexts and feelings of ownership instigated by marketing measures. What unites these different streams of literature is that they converge on the pivotal role of ownership in shaping behaviour.

That is why we, Bernadette Kamleitner and Monika Koller (both m.core, WU Vienna) together with Stephan Dickert (Queen Mary University of London) and Joann Peck (University of Wisconsin-Madison), are organizing a small-group workshop on (psychological) ownership.

We aim to bring together researchers with different disciplinary backgrounds to facilitate a fruitful discourse on the phenomenon, its variants, its antecedents and its consequences. The goal is to jointly move towards a much-needed unified theory of ownership and to shape the future of ownership research.

Participation will mainly be limited to invited participants. There will however be a few places for in particular early-career scholars. Those interested should send an e-mail to Bernadette Kamleitner.


CfP: SABE session at ASSA 2018 Philadelphia

Dear SABE colleagues,

It is my honor to be in charge of organizing the SABE session at the upcoming ASSA meetings in Philadelphia (January 2018). It has been our tradition to organize a session that has a focused theme. The theme this time will be ‘New frontiers in economics of the household’. So far we have two proposed papers and have room for two more. I am hereby inviting you to send me abstracts for more papers that can fit into this session. Please send your abstract to by May 15, 2017. I am also looking for discussants.


Shoshana Grossbard

New frontiers in economics of the household

Proposal for a SABE session at the ASSA in January 2017


Maximizing income or equality? Experimental evidence from student and  non-student couple samples
Authors: Miriam Beblo, Denis Beninger, Luise Görges

We compare couples from student and non-student populations in an experiment where maximizing total couple income produces payoff inequality within the couple, or, in-couple inequality can only be reduced at the cost of diminishing total income. We hypothesize and present evidence that student couples are more inequality averse and thus less income-maximizing than non-student couples. Decomposition reveals that parts of the difference are due to shorter relationship duration and higher education levels. Beliefs about the partner’s decisions also differ significantly from observed behavior in both samples. Income-maximizing choices are overestimated by partners in the student sample and underestimated in the non-student sample.

Economics of the Household: Comparing outcomes before and after the “Review of Economics of the Household” started publication by Shoshana Grossbard


When the Review of Economics of the Household was founded in 2001 „household economics“ was rarely  considered as a field in economics. Has there been a change in the last 16 years? Have there been any changes in the content of related economics journals? Are certain topics in economics of the household covered more at length in economics journals than they would have been based on a pre-2001 trend? These are some of the questions addressed in this paper.

CfP JBEP Special Issue on “Behavioral Business Research and its Stakeholders”

Traditional research in economics and the other social sciences is sometimes criticized for questionable relevance to business and public policy, inability to prepare students for work or responsible citizenship, and as stymied by internal disciplinary divisions. Behavioral approaches have been touted as a way forward by unifying the social sciences based on the empirical facts of evolved human psychology that are relevant to the concerns of diverse stakeholders.Business schools can nurture this process as forums where researchers from different disciplines, practitioners and students interact. However, misaligned incentives and differences in scientific conventions, epistemology and methods impede the emergence of a behavioral business discipline from economics, psychology and management.

This Special Issue is devoted to the case for, prospects and challenges of a unified behavioral business research that has public policy implications and/or enhances the skills of policy makers. Within this framework, topics of interest include discussions of whether and how behavioral approaches can be help to (1) integrate the social sciences which enhances public policy, (2) bridge the gap to business and public policy audiences, and (3) better serve students and their future employers.

Guest Editors:

  •       Swee Hoon Chuah, RMIT UniversityT
  •       Robert Hoffmann, RMIT University
  •       Jason Potts, RMIT University

We welcome submissions from researchers but also research stakeholders from the public, business and teaching arenas. Full papers submission should adhere to the Journal’s 3500 word limit but shorter, insightful comments are also invited.

Please use JBEP’s online submission system using “SI: Behavioural Business” as article type. Information for authors including author guidelines which also apply to the Special Issue can be found on the journal website. All submissions will be subject to standard refereeing.

The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2017. Please contact Robert Hoffman with any questions:

BABEEW 2017 – Call for papers

Call for Papers — Submit Now for the Bay Area Behavioral and Experimental Economics Workshop 2017

The 7th Annual Bay Area Behavioral and Experimental Economics Workshop (BABEEW) will be held at Santa Clara University on May 13th, 2017. As always, the workshop offers researchers from the greater Bay Area the opportunity to share their latest research in behavioral economics and related fields.

All interested researchers are invited to submit a paper, or just to attend this one-day workshop.

Submit a paper:

Key Dates:

  • Friday, April 7, 2017: Deadline for submitting an abstract (250 words or less).
  • Friday, April 21, 2017: Acceptance decisions e-mailed.
  • Friday, April 28, 2017: Workshop program e-mailed to registered participants.

Please forward this call to interested colleagues (including advanced graduate students) that we may have missed.