Tuesday, March 11, 2014

March 21st: Half Day Behavioural Science for Business and Policy Workshop

On March 21st, the Stirling Behavioural Science Centre will hold a targeted workshop on “Behavioural Economics, Policy and Business” in Stirling University. The event begins at 2pm and ends at 4.30pm and there will be coffee in advance. The venue is Stirling University Cottrell Building Court Room and further directions will be provided. Details of the first workshop in this series, which took place on November 8th 2013, are available on this link.

If you wish to attend this event, please sign up here.

This is the second in our series of public policy workshops which are aimed at providing a forum for widespread engagement between centre researchers and people working in policy and business. The broad questions of interest for the forum are below. Details of the talks will be provided here.

- What aspects of behavioural economics should particularly interest business people? For example, how is behavioural economics relevant to product development, advertising and marketing? What are the potential regulatory changes emerging from this literature?

- Why should policymakers care about behavioural economics? What is the relevance of behavioural economics to such questions as how we should design taxation and regulation?

- What has this new literature to say about economic policy in Scotland and RUK?

There will also be a Q&A session and ample opportunity for audience participation.


130pm to 2pm: Registration and Coffee

2pm to 220pm: David Comerford (Stirling) "Building efficiency: Does publication of energy performance certificates induce investment in energy-savings technologies?"

220pm to 240pm: Liam Delaney (Stirling) "Behavioural Economics and Constitutional Change."

240pm to 300pm: Christopher Boyce (Stirling) "Well-being and policy"

3pm to 320pm: Seda Erdem (Stirling) ""Eliciting perceptions and preferences".

320pm to 340pm: Ron McQuaid (Stirling) "Employment and Economic Inactivity"

340pm to 430pm: Panel Discussion

Further reading

- A list of behavioural policy readings is provided on this link that address a number of the ethical and policy questions discussed during the panel session.

- Behavioural Foundations of Public Policy edited by Shafir is a particularly powerful introduction to behavioural science applications to policy questions.

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