Special Issue of JBEP: call for papers linked to the 2023 SABE-sponsored Summer School and Workshop in Experimetrics & Behavioral Economics

Participants (Post-Doc and PhD students) at the Summer School and Workshop in Experimetrics & Behavioral Economics in Soleto (July 17-23 2023) are offered the opportunity to submit a paper to a Special Issue of the Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy dedicated to Experimetrics and Behavioral Economics.

Guest Editors of the Special Issue:
Simona Cicognani (Leiden University), Luca Panaccione, Valeria Patella, Valentina Peruzzi (Sapienza University of Rome) and Stefano Papa (Tor Vergata University of Rome)

The submissions will be peer-reviewed as per JBEP policy.

The deadline for submitting a paper to the Special Issue is March 31st, 2024.

Authors of submitted papers will receive a decision within 30 days from the submission. If the article is invited to be resubmitted for publication in the JBEP, an additional 30 days will be given to the authors to perform the revision. All published articles should be online by the last week of July 2024, i.e., before the next edition of the Summer School and Workshop in Soleto (which is expected to start on July 22, 2024).

The Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics (SABE) will fully cover the publication fees of all accepted papers.



This is the second time that the Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy (JBEP) hosts a special issue as a follow-up of a summer school. This has already occurred in 2022 for the special issue on “Recent Applications and Developments in Behavioral Economics and Finance”, which was the follow-up of the 2nd ECMCRC Summer School on Behavioral and Neuroscientific research for Economics, Finance and Accounting, hosted by Dublin City University (DCU) Business School from July 6 to July 10, 2020:


That special issue included nine articles first elaborated and/or presented at the summer school by young researchers in behavioral economics and finance. One of the main constraint to publication of an article in the special issue was its positioning at the research frontier in behavioral economics. The published articles were quite heterogenous in terms of topic with a high level of interdisciplinarity, both in the topic and in the methodology.

We will use the same procedure and standards of judgement as for the reviewing process of the July 2024 special issue of the JBEP that will be the follow-up of the July 2023 Summer School and Workshop in Experimetrics & Behavioral Economics in Soleto.



Behavioral economics is the integration of economic theory and other related disciplines including but not limited to psychology, neuro-science, finance, biology, sociology, anthropology, political science, and law. Behavioral economics is inherently interdisciplinary. The purpose of this interdisciplinary research is to better understand human behavior. The unique focus of the Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy (JBEP) is the implications of behavioral economics for public policy, and a framework for policy makers. Every aspect of behavioral economics and all aspects of public policy are within JBEP’s purview. JBEP welcomes contributions to all fields of knowledge listed above, and beyond, provided they show the public policy implications of behavioral economics.

JBEP is open to a wide range of methodological approaches, provided they lead to scientifically grounded conclusions. Experiments, surveys, meta-analyses, case studies, simulation-based analyses, economic and social theory, randomized control trials, and literature reviews (to name but a few common approaches) are all welcome. Arguments may be based on a variety of theoretical frameworks, including those which do not assume fully rational behavior.

Empirical results should be both theoretically grounded and both economically and statistically significant. However, the math and the tables and graphs showing statistical results should be placed in an appendix. JBEP welcomes replications of existing papers, and is particularly open to “non-results”, which may be of great practical and scientific value yet are less likely to reach the audience of most academic journals.

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This series of Special Issues is prompted by a global pandemic so serious that it will change all our lives irredeemably. Economic impacts in terms of macroeconomic and financial instability are going to persist for many years. Rises in unemployment around the world are already staggering. Other wider impacts on economic and social welfare are unfolding each day – including impacts in terms of increasing inequality and falling wellbeing and life satisfaction. Anyone who has experienced unemployment will know that unemployment is not just about losing a regular income. Unemployment is also about losing social connectedness and a sense of purpose. For those who are not able to return to work quickly, they will also suffer a loss of skills, disillusionment with the job search process and – potentially – a struggle to convince potential employers of their value when their CV shows a long break away from work.

These stresses will be harder to navigate for those who live alone and cannot easily access the social and community support. Those who live unhappy, at worst violent, home lives have little escape. By 24 April 2020, according to World Health Organisation Situation Reports, there had been 175,694 deaths around the world – with a much larger number of bereaved family and friends, most of whom are having to navigate their grief through an extended period of social isolation when social isolation is exactly what a grieving person needs to avoid. These impacts are hard enough for those who lead otherwise affluent lives in countries with relatively good social safety nets. Many more around the world live in over-crowded conditions in poor countries without social safety nets, where political conditions are oppressive at the best of times. Large numbers of others are suffering the severe consequences of this pandemic in refugee camps and urban slums, where their already limited life chances are now dwindling rapidly.

So, now more than ever, policymakers around the world are in urgent need of powerful and transdisciplinary policy insights. Behavioural economics and behavioural science have a great deal to contribute to policy-makers’ knowledge, not only around the science and epidemiology of the virus itself, but also how to mitigate against the terrible and wide-ranging ramifications of this disease – a disease with impacts we could not have imagined just 3 months ago.


Submission details
JBEP is seeking papers for three Special Issues on COVID-19, with an issue each on short-term, medium-term and long-term insights and impacts.

If you would like to contribute to the COVID-19 Special Issues, please send your paper to sabejbep@gmail.com.

Your paper should be short (2-4,000 words) and evidence-based. It should be easily intelligible and useful for policymakers as well as academic researchers. It can address key policy insights relevant to pandemics generally as well as COVID-19 specifically. We will continue to accept submissions for these Special Issues through 2020.

Enquiries about this series of Special Issues can be directed to the JBEP Editor-in-Chief – Prof Michelle Baddeley, University of Technology Sydney (michelle.baddeley@uts.edu.au).

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 atmichelle.baddeley@unisa.edu.au, and for papers about heuristics, please send an abstract to Shabnam Mousavi at shabnam@jhu.edu.

Abstract (500 words or less) submission deadline: August 1, 2017.

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: robert.hoffmann@rmit.edu.au.