The Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS) was established in 2007 by the Faculty of Social Science at University of East Anglia.  The Centre's mission is to further the long tradition at UEA of using controlled laboratory and field experiments to study key questions in the social sciences, from foundational and methodological issues to applied research.

Together with our colleagues at the University of Nottingham and University of Warwick, we are founding members of the ESRC Network for Integrated Behavioural Science.

Researchers in CBESS are currently pursuing three main themes of research. The Preferences and Cognition cluster ask fundamental questions about how humans form judgments about uncertainty and values.  The Competition and Strategic Reasoning cluster investigate how individuals anticipate and react to actions of others, and solve tensions between competitive and cooperative incentives.  The Behaviour and Institutions cluster study how culture, society, and identity come together to influence how groups interact.

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5th Annual PhD Workshop

5th Annual PhD Workshop  
Experimental Development Economics: Lab in the Field 

16 May 2018, 8:30am - 7:00pm

The workshop is for current and prospective PhD students who are using or planning to use lab-in-the field experiments in developing countries. This year’s workshop focuses on group and household decision making. Presentations by expert academics discuss how lab-in-the field experiments can improve our understanding of household and group decision making. There will also be an opportunity for selected students to present and receive feedback on their work, focusing on group and household decision making and other topics. There is no registration fee for the workshop.

You can register for the workshop by sending an e-mail to dev.general@uea.ac.uk mentioning “Registration for lab-in-the field workshop” and containing your name, university, year of study and research topic.  Please indicate whether you would like to present your work, in which case you also need to include an extended abstract of your research containing a description of the research question and lab-in-field experiment you intend to use.  Early registration is strongly recommended.

The workshop is a joint initiative of the Behavioural and Experimental Development Economics Research Group (BEDERG), the Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Sciences (CBESS), both at the University of East Anglia (UEA), and The Choice Lab at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).  On the days following the workshop, interested students can also attend the 2018 CCC (CBESS-CEDEX-CREED) meeting, where PhD students from these three institutions will present their research, and which will take place on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 May 2018, after registration (see http://www.uea.ac.uk/cbess/events/ccc-cbess-cedex-creed– and a separate application can be sent to s.godoy@uea.ac.uk).

The workshop programme is as follows:

8:30 – 9:00

9:00 – 10:45
Risk and development using lab-in-the field experiments
Professor Ferdinand Vieider, University of Reading

10:45 – 11:15
Tea & coffee

11:15 – 13:00
The role of risk in economic decision making, using lab, field and survey methods
Professor Thomas Dohmen, Bonn University and Director IZA

13:00 – 14:00

14:00 – 15:20
PhD student presentations

15:20– 15:40
Tea & coffee

15:40 – 17:00
PhD student presentations 

17:00 – 18:00
Risk sharing  and insurance
Professor Tessa Bold, Stockholm School of Economics

18:00 – 19:00
Closing drinks








Contact Contact

For enquiries regarding the Centre, please contact the Director:

Dr Anders Poulsen
Director, Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science
School of Economics
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park
Norwich NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

Email: A.Poulsen@uea.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 1603 591066


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