Board Elections 2020 – Call for Nominations open until December 1, 2020

Dear SABE members,

We are pleased to announce the call for nominees to serve on the SABE Advisory Board (henceforth the Board) for the 2020-2024 term.

SABE is a member-driven organization that relies on the participation of its members to fulfill the organization’s mission. Together with the Executive Committee, the Board is responsible for guiding and directing the affairs of the Society. By serving as a Board member, you provide valuable help in advising, discussing and approving major organizational decisions. The according debates over all proposals that ask the opinion and/or the approval of the Board usually take place online via email.

Board Membership and Terms:

  • 9 positions for Board membership open for the term 2020-2024
  • Board members’ term of service is four years, commencing on Dec 20, 2020
  • Board members are expected to be active SABE members by the time of appointment and committed to SABE’s mission, vision and values (which are documented in the SABE Bylaws)

Nomination Process:

As a SABE member, you are encouraged to submit a nomination for a colleague or for yourself.

  • Please send
    • an updated copy of your/the nominee’s curriculum vitae (CV),
    • a short biography,
    • a short paragraph of motivation of your/the nominee’s vision to serve SABE and
    • a photo to
  • Self-nominations are encouraged
  • The Nomination Process closes on December 1, 2020 (UTC-8, Pacific Standard Time, 23:59h)

Review Process:

Nominated candidates will be announced on SABE’s website, and copies of the nominee’s biographies, vision statement and photo posted online.

Voting Process:

SABE Members are encouraged to cast their vote from December 3 through December 17, 2020 (UTC-8, Pacific Standard Time, 23:59h) on SABE’s website. A separate email with detailed instructions will be sent through SABE’s communication channels in due course. SABE Members who paid the regular membership fee in this or the former year, or participated at the IAREP/SABE conference in Dublin (2019) and/or the SABE online conference in Moscow (2020) are eligible to vote. The new Board will be formally announced via email no later than December 20, 2020.

The Board plays a key role in the governance of the Society, so thank you for considering a self-nomination or a nomination for a colleague. If you have any queries regarding the Board Membership and/or the nomination process please contact

SABE 2020 Conference goes online: Second Call for Papers

Dear colleagues,

The SABE2020 Conference scheduled on July 22-26, 2020 in Moscow, Russia shall take place online, at the previously announced dates.

Global pandemic of COVID-19 and subsequent closure of international borders made it impossible to host a face-to-face conference this Summer. In order to maintain continuity of academic life, the conference will be held during the specified dates using zoom or other comparable providers.  Only the registered conference participants will be provided with the information about how to join each session online. Online format offers more opportunities to bring together researchers who might not be able to attend it in person. To open this possibility, we thereby announce a second call for proposals for online SABE conference, available to those colleagues who were unable or did not plan to come to Moscow, but may want to join us online. Submissions for online conference (full papers or extended abstracts 1 to 2 pages) are welcomed until May 23, 2020 via the main conference website,, and shall be subject to the usual peer review. Authors of accepted papers shall be notified in written before June 1, 2020.

Conference Specifics

1. Session on COVID-19

Due to large social interest and importance of the topic, the conference will feature special session(s) on COViD-19. Papers devoted to behavioral responses to pandemic – including behavioural impacts from heuristics, biases, social influences and emotions; ‘nudging’ policies; determinants of contagion: behavioural data patterns and quality, health and wellbeing policies, quarantine policy responses and their effects, differences in national strategies and other related issues are welcomed.

2. Conference schedule

The SABE2020 is a global conference, which raises the issue of time differences between locations of different speakers. Sessions shall be planned in a way that suit most speakers and potential session attendees – e.g. in the afternoon of Central European Time if the speakers are from Europe, or Eastern Time if they are from the US. Participation with pre-recorded presentation shall also be available for the speakers’ convenience.

3. Online access

Online access to conference sessions, with all necessary links and credentials, shall be available to all registered participants. Interested people who want to join the conference as non-presenting participants could get the same access upon registration on the conference website.
Conference speakers and participants are supposed and expected to answer and ask questions during and after the session.

4. Conference fees

The fact that the conference is online implies large reduction of the conference costs. However, SABE activities are not suspended: we continue supporting workshops in behavioral and experimental economics, student prizes and carry other expenses. Conference fee as usual, includes SABE membership fee to cover these expenses, honoraria to the keynote speakers and modest overhead, amounting together to $60.

At the same time, some members of the community might find it challenging to pay this amount. This would apply to participants from low-income countries and students.

Acknowledging these difficulties, the 2020 SABE conference provides an opportunity to receive a conference fee waiver:

  1. Participants from low-income countries whose research budgets were cut or eliminated can receive a fee waiver. Once registration opens, instructions will be provided for applying for a waiver.
  2. Registration fees for students will be waived if such student can provide documentation confirming their student status.

Further notes

The SABE-TFI Impact Essay Award for students will continue this year to accept essays for competition. Requirements will be on SABE website, like the previous round. This year, work that provide solution to financial issues related to the pandemic, or in general to disaster relief will be highly desirable.


With best and healthy wishes,
Alexis Belianin on behalf of the conference organizers and the SABE Executive Committee

TFI-SABE 2020 Call for Impact Essay Prize – Deadline For Submissions Extended until April 16, 2021

Final Deadline Extension:
TFI-SABE 2020 Call for Impact Essay Prize – Deadline For Submissions Extended one last time until April 16, 2021.

Dear SABE members,

SABE-President Shabnam Mousavi would like to draw your attention to the second round of our Student Impact Essay Award. Please find information about submission below. Please share with colleagues and encourage students to apply.


  • Eligible: Students whose research has implication for making the world a safer place by improving financial decision-making skills of people.
  • Requirement: Submission of a 1000-1200 words essay by the deadline: April 16, 2021.
  • Prize: 1st place= 1000 Euro, 2nd place= 500 Euro. (See 2019 winners and their essays)
  • Other: Publication of research and interview by TFI. (See interviews from 2019)


In line with the mission and vision of the Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics (SABE) and in collaboration with the Think Forward Initiative (TFI) a student essay award is initiated to promote the engagement of advanced students in societal enhancement activities, and to disseminate their relevant research at its early stages to the society. This SABE-TFI award intends to encourage junior researchers to write a short IMPACT ESSAY of 1,000-1,200 words based on their academic research that is accessible to general public, and to help them promote their work beyond academia.

What is the TFI? TFI is a multidisciplinary and open initiative that promotes impact-driven and interdisciplinary research and practical solutions with the ambitious goal of empowering more than 100 million people to make better financial decisions that improve their financial health and well-being. TFI is supported by a purpose-driven partnership between ING, the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Deloitte, Amazon Web Services, and Dell Technologies.


  • Focus on the potential and practical implications of your academic research. Your essay should be relevant to the TFI’s research objective, which is to better understand how people make financial decisions and how they could make better ones to improve their wellbeing.
  • Highlight one of these two potentials of your research results: (1) those that inspire behavioral change in individuals or households in any area that could improve people’s financial decision-making and well-being, or (2) those that benefit or influence society by fostering effective interventions, evidence-based policy making, and social or economic innovation.
  • Your essay should read like a research-evidence-based contribution to the broad policy or practitioners debate on some issue. It should not read like a technical summary of the research papers. The level of rigor would be above a newspaper opinion piece but much more accessible than an academic journal article.
  • The research paper(s) the essay is based on need not be single author paper(s).


  • Submit your essay to with “Subject: SABE-TFI 2020 Impact Essay Submission”
  • A committee of SABE and TFI members will evaluate submitted essays.
  • Announcement of winners: May 19, 2021. The award-giving ceremony will take place at the IAREP/SABE conference in Kristiansand.
  • Winners’ essays will be published and promoted by TFI and the authors will be provided editing support for such publication.
  • A short interview with the winners will be also conducted and propagated by TFI.


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

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 (

Deadline Extension until April 30th: Call for Proposals to Organize SABE Session at the ASSA 2021 in Chicago or SEA 2020 in New Orleans

Dear colleagues,

we would like to announce that the deadline for submitting proposals to organize the SABE session at the Allied Social Sciences Associations (ASSA) meeting in 2021 or the Southern Economic Association (SEA) meeting in 2020 has been both extended until April 30, 2020. See below for the updated call for proposals.

Best regards,

Dear colleagues,

The Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics (SABE) is inviting proposals to organize the SABE session at the Allied Social Sciences Associations (ASSA) meeting in 2021 or Southern Economic Association (SEA) meeting in 2020.

The ASSA is a three-day meeting organized by the American Economic Association (AEA) in conjunction with 58 associations from related disciplines. In 2021 the meeting will take place in Chicago, IL (January 3-5, Hyatt Regency Chicago). The ASSA meeting is very prestigious and therefore of significant importance to SABE. Previous SABE sessions at the ASSA can be found here: 201820192020.

The 90th Annual Meeting of the SEA will be held in New Orleans, LA at the New Orleans Marriott, November 21-23, 2020 (Saturday to Monday). The Southern Economic Association is one of the oldest economics associations in the United States, dating back to a conference held in Atlanta in November 1928.

If you are interested in organizing the SABE Session with the focus on Behavioral Economics, please fill out the Session Proposal Application and send it along with a PDF version of your CV to by April 30, 2020.

Please note that priority for organizing the ASSA session of SABE will be given to applicants who have not done so in the past 3 years.

In addition, while a tentative proposal is generally acceptable, a detailed, confirmed, and well thought-out proposal is appreciated, and will be preferred over a more tentative proposal, all things equal.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome no later than May 14, 2020.

Please forward this email to scholars who might be interested in this call for proposals.

Looking forward to your application

Shabnam Mousavi         Alexis Belianin
SABE President               SABE Executive Director

Deadline Extension: Annual SABE Conference 2020 (Moscow, Russia, July 22-26, 2020)

Dear colleagues,

The year of 2020 has offered to all of us an unusual challenge of global coronovirus infection, which affected literally all aspects of human life. Academic activities are not an exception: many scientists have already had to miss scheduled research and seminar visits, and saw many academic meetings cancelled.

SABE shares these concerns, and supports all measures necessary to fight pandemic spread of coronovirus: : public health remains of primary importance to all. We urge all members of our international community to be vigilant, and take all necessary precautionary measures for yourself and your relatives.
At the same time, we do not believe it’s a right time to break our academic connections, including our major meeting: the 2020 Annual conference to be held on July 22-26 in Moscow, Russia. At the moment, the country undertakes rather serious measures, including restrictions on public meetings applied till the end of June. While it is difficult to foresee what will happen then, so far there are good chances that situation will gradually improve, which will allow to conduct the SABE2020 Annual meeting as scheduled.

But we want to say more. The challenge of the COVID-2019 should be responded not by segregation, but by the unification of global communities, including that of SABE. We are committed to bring people together, and will do everything to facilitate our meeting of leading behavioural researchers from all over the world to share their new ideas, subject them to scientific discussion, and productive development of tools and mechanisms to meet global challenges. With this aim, and in order to give all interested academics the chance to be involved in this process, we extend the deadline for proposals submissions to the #SABE2020 till Monday April 6. We shall monitor the situation, and shall inform all members of our community about further developments. In case of any real danger, we will be working towards organization of our conference in online format, as a series of virtual meetings accessible to anyone around the globe.

Take care, and let us stay in touch

The #SABE2020 organizing team