A great year, thanks to all LBEG speakers!

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It has been a wonderful academic year for LBEG, with many great events and initiatives.
Many thanks to all the speakers who have accepted to contribute to the LBEG events this academic year: thank you to Orazio Attanasio (UCL), Daniel Berry (NHS England), Tim Chadborn (Public Health England), Gary Charness (UCSB), Stefan Dercon (Oxford, DFID), Antonio Guarino(UCL), Bjorn Hartig (Royal Holloway University of London), Benedikt Herrmann (University of Nottingham, European Commission), Peter John (UCL), George Loewenstein (Carnegie Mellon University), Aniol Llorente-Saguer (Queen Mary University London), Alison Mclean (Swiss Re), Michael Naef (Royal Holloway University London), Rosemarie Nagel (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Giovanni Ponti (University of Alicante, LUISS), Matthias Sutter (University of Cologne, University of Innsbruck), Eyal Winter (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of Leicester), and Daniel Zizzo (University of Newcastle).
See you after the summer for a new LBEG academic year!

LBEG Seminar Wednesday 18 May: Matthias Sutter & Antonio Guarino

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The last London Behavioural and Experimental Group seminar of the academic year took place on Wednesday 18 May 2016, 5-7pm, at London School of Economics, Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ.

It was a very successful event with two wonderful speakers.

The invited speaker was Prof. Matthias Sutter (University of Cologne, University of Innsbruck) who talked about ‘Where to look for the morals in markets?’.

The London speaker was Prof. Antonio Guarino (UCL) who talked about ‘Updating ambiguous beliefs in a social learning experiment’.

Both talks were beautifully inspiring and engaging.
Matthias and Antonio presented two lab experiments that nicely combined theory, experimental design, and econometric analysis, two further brilliant demonstrations that theory, experiments, and econometrics are complementary, not substitute, tools for behavioural economists.

Thank you very much to Antonio and Matthias for such a ‘peak end effect’ for this LBEG academic year!

Thanks to everybody who has contributed to the LBEG initiatives this year and see you after the summer!


LBEG Seminar Tuesday 26 April 2016: Gary Charness & Peter John

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Another great London Behavioural and Experimental Group seminar took place on Tuesday 26 April 2016, 5-7pm, at London School of Economics, Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ.

The invited speaker was Prof. Gary Charness (UCSB) with a talk on ‘Communication and (non-)equilibrium selection’.

The London speaker was Prof. Peter John (UCL) with a talk on ‘Nudges that promote channel shift: a randomized evaluation of reminders for disability badges’.

And a very nice evening together at a Thai restaurant!

z-Tree course: February 16-17 2016

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Björn Hartig teaching the z-tree course

On February 16 and 17 2016, the London Behavioural and Experimental Economics Group (LBEG) will organise a 2-day course in z-Tree programming, aimed at PhD students and early career researchers in the London area. The course will be hosted by the London School of Economics.

The course will be taught by Dr. Björn Hartig, experimental lab officer at Royal Holloway University of London. Participation is free but places are limited.

The course is aimed at beginners and intermediate users. On the first day, we will start with the basics of z-Tree experiments and screen design. Based on the needs of the participants we will progress to more advanced topics. The course will be very interactive and, by the end of second day, participants will be able to design and program various standard economic games, as well as implement their own experimental designs.

To sign up, please e-mail Jeroen Nieboer at j.nieboer [at] lse.ac.uk.

London Experimental Week 2015

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This year the LBEG has launched the London Experimental Week (LEWeek):
The LEWeek is a series of research and knowledge exchange activities in the week between Monday 30th November and Friday 4th December 2015, including conferences, seminars, book presentations, academics-practitioners roundtables, PhD workshops, and similar.
It will start with the LBEG Seminar on Monday 30th at the LSE, will continue with two workshops on Randomized Controlled Trials, one academics-practitioners roundtable, and one book presentation at Middlesex, and will end with the London PhD Experimental Economics (LPEx) Workshop on Friday 4th December at Royal Holloway.
Speakers will include Orazio Attanasio (UCL), Daniel Berry (NHS England), Tim Chadborn (Public Health England), Stefan Dercon (Oxford, DFID), Benedikt Herrmann (Nottingham, European Commission), Aniol Llorente-Saguer (QMUL), Alison Mclean (Swiss Re), Rosemarie Nagel (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Giovanni Ponti (Alicante, LUISS), Eyal Winter (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Leicester).
See you all at the London Experimental Week!

London PhD Experimental Economics workshop: call for papers

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The London PhD Experimental Economics Workshop aims to provide a forum for doctoral students and young researchers in the field of experimental economics to get in touch with each other, present their work and receive feedback from more experienced members of the community. This event will be attended by many LBEG members and is a great example of the growing community of experimentalists around London.

The workshop will take place on 4/12/2015 at the Department of Economics at Royal Holloway, University of London. Professor Rosemarie Nagel will be the plenary speaker.

We welcome papers by PhD students working in any field of economics using experimental methods to study human decision making. If you would like to present please email a paper or an extended abstract (maximum 2 pages describing your research question, your design and your findings) to workshoplpex@gmail.com. In your submission please include the name of the presenter, any coauthors, your affiliation and a contact email address. The deadline for applications is 15/10/2015.

Thanks to grants by RES and ESRC there is no registration fee and we will provide lunch. Unfortunately we cannot cover presenters’ travel or accommodation expenses.

For more information please visit https://sites.google.com/site/lpexworkshop/home or send an email to workshoplpex@gmail.com

Special lecture by Prof. Max Bazerman: September 1

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Professor Max Bazerman, Jesse Isidor Strauss professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, will be giving a talk at LSE on September the 1st, 2015. Prof. Bazerman will be speaking on “The Morality of Joint versus Separate Decisions”.

Date/time: September 1, 5:00-6:30pm
Location: LSE Tower 1, lecture theatre TW1.G.01

We look forward to welcoming you at LSE for this talk. Over the course of his impressive career, Prof. Bazerman has made key contributions to our understanding of negotiation, a wide range of ethical issues and decision making. We are honoured to have him as our guest.

We advise you to arrive about 10 minutes early so you’re guaranteed a seat. Please note that Houghton Street is closed due to construction work – you can access Tower 1 from the Aldwych entrance next to the Royal Courts of Justice (both Tower 1 and the campus entrance are encircled on the map below).

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Z-Tree workshop at LSE

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Björn Hartig teaching the z-tree course

Last week, the LBEG hosted its first event for PhD students and early career researchers: a workshop in Z-Tree, the experimental software. We were lucky enough to host Dr. Björn Hartig, from Royal Holloway University of London, as teacher for the two-day session. Björn has been a lab manager both at Royal Holloway and the University of Cologne, and has extensive knowledge of the inner workings of Z-Tree.

The course, which filled up in a very short time, taught the participants how to design, program and test their own experiments in Z-Tree. We had people attending from across London: Middlesex University, King’s College, UCL, LSE and Royal Holloway. We were very happy to be able to host everyone at the LSE and will definitely be organising this course again in the future!

Fourth LBEG seminar with Prof. Colin Camerer and Prof. Antonio Cabrales

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On Tuesday 3rd March 2015 (5.30-7.30pm), we had an exciting and very well-attended Fourth LBEG seminar, this time at the LSE (Graham Wallace Room, 5th Floor, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE). It was really a great privilege and pleasure to have the opportunity to interact with two leading experimental and behavioural researchers. The guest speaker was Prof. Colin Camerer (Caltech), who gave a talk on “Neuroeconomics of experimental stock price bubbles”.
The London speaker was Prof. Antonio Cabrales (UCL) who gave a talk on “Can there be a market for cheap-talk information? Some experimental evidence”.
The seminar room was literally packed of people, and it was good to see so many experimental and behavioural colleagues coming together from all around London to listen to the two amazing talks.
As usual, we then went for dinner with the two speakers (nice modern Korean food this time…). Thank you very much to Antonio and Colin for making it an impressive LBEG event!

Third LBEG Seminar on 29th January 2015 with Prof. Daniel J Zizzo and Prof. Pablo Brañas-Garza

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On Thursday 29th January 2015 (5-7pm), we will have the Third LBEG seminar, at Senate House Library, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU, Seng Teng Lee Centre.
We are delighted to have the opportunity to meet Prof. Daniel J Zizzo (University of Newcastle), who will give a talk on “Competence versus trustworthiness: what do voters care about?”.
The London behavioural and experimental speaker will be Prof. Pablo Brañas-Garza (Middlesex University) who will give a talk on “Ethnic polarization, gender roles, and punishment in Public Good Games”.
As usual, we will then go for drinks and dinner with the two speakers. Looking forward to it!