Sunday, January 08, 2017

Irish Behavioural Science and Policy Network Meetings

The 6th Irish Behavioural Science and Policy Network meet-up will take place on Feb. 9th from 6.00 to 7.30pm (location will be confirmed closer to the date). This meet-up will focus on the behavioural economics and the ethics of influence, and the speakers will be confirmed shortly. Sign-up here to register.

In 2017, we have five meet-ups scheduled, as well as the annual Irish economics and psychology workshop on December 1st:

9th February: Behavioural Economics and the Ethics of Influence (sign-up here)
30th March: Behavioural Science and Social Justice (sign-up here)
18th May: Field, Lab, and Natural Experiments in Public Policy (sign-up here)
7th September: Behavioural Economics and Communications in Policy and Business (sign-up here)
19th October: Behavioural Economics and the Future of Regulation (sign-up here)
1st December: 10th Annual Economics and Psychology Conference (sign-up here)

Sanjit Dhami: The Foundations of Behavioural Economic Analysis

See below a talk by Prof Sanjit Dhami on his recently released textbook "The Foundations of Behavioural Economic Analysis". This 1800 page tome is an extraordinary introduction to the key technical concepts of the field and will be a key component of many graduate programmes in the next few years.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

UCD MSc in Behavioural Economics

The new UCD MSc in Behavioural Economics is now available for inquiries and applications at the following link. I will be directing the programme and there will be an extensive programme of research, seminars, public talks, and related activity. I am happy to speak to prospective applicants over email or arrange a visit.
MSc Behavioural Economics 
UCD School of Economics is Ireland’s leading economics department. Our staff are experts with international reputations in a wide range of topics such as macroeconomics, econometrics, applied microeconomics, behavioural economics, health economics, international trade and economic history. School members play a significant role in debating economic policy issues and in contributing to the formulation of economic policy.  This is the only MSc in this area in Ireland and it is one of the few worldwide with a strong policy and regulatory focus. 
The MSc in Behavioural Economics  is an exciting new course devoted to providing an in-depth training in the area of behavioural economics. Students will take a range of rigorous economic modules but will specialise in understanding a range of new models that incorporate the latest evidence on human decision making. As well as being trained in the core concepts and theories of behavioural economics, students will also learn about the range of empirical methods used to test ideas in this area in lab and field settings. The MSc will also cover the ethical, legal, and regulatory context for the ideas of behavioural economics. Thus, the students will be equipped to apply these ideas in a wide range of academic, business, and policy settings. 
This programme features small group teaching from leading economists and a supportive environment.  Masters students are an integral part of our School community, attending research seminars and receiving a wide range of supports to help them prepare for their research thesis. 
Course content & structure
This programme comprises 90 Credits of which 70 are taught and 20 are taken by dissertation.
In your first term, you will undertake a two-week preliminary course in mathematics and statistics.  You will also take the following modules:
•    Microeconomics
•    Econometrics
•    Behavioural Economics
•    Topics in Psychological Science
•    Research Skills
In your second term, you will take the following two core modules.
•    Behavioural Economics: Policy Applications
•    Experiments in Economics 
You will also take two other modules. The following is an indicative list of modules that may be available:
•    Advanced Microeconomics
•    Advanced Econometrics
•    Health and Welfare Economics
•    Economics of Competition Policy
•    Energy Economics and Policy 
In summer term, you will do a supervised research thesis on a topic related to behavioural economics. 
Behavioural Economics is now a key area of academic study and is having substantial influence on business, policy, and regulation. This MSc will equip students both with a core academic understanding of the key concepts and with a strong sense of how to apply these ideas to a wide range of settings.” - Prof Liam Delaney, Programme Director

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

IAREP Twitter Account

The International Association for Research in Economics Psychology (IAREP) has set up a new Twitter account - @iarep1982. IAREP has been a key body in integrating economics and psychology since 1982 and organises a range of activities,  including the annual IAREP conference. Do follow the account if you are on twitter and spread the word.

Derek Parfit 1942 - 2017

Derek Parfit passed away on the 1st January. I have mentioned his work on the blog on several occasions (here here here here). He is one of the most influential philosophers of the last century. His work Reasons and Persons is a key work in moral philosophy and has had impacts on many other literatures, including starting a number of discussions in behavioural and welfare economics about the nature of intertemporal choice and altruism. This New Yorker profile of him and his work is well worth reading. Shane Frederick's work applied Parfit's ideas to the behavioural economics of intertemporal choice, and these papers are very interesting.The Daily Nous blogpost on Parfit's death contains several links to obituaries and other relevant links. From my part, I cannot recommend Reasons and Persons more highly to people working in behavioural literatures who want to connect areas such as the study of decision making and intertemporal preference to issues of justice and moral philosophy.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Behavioural Economics Posts Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

See below for some very interesting posts in the area of beheavioural economics and energy.


Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is central to delivering a more sustainable energy future for everyone. Our role is to transform way we all use energy by moving to more efficient and clean sources, and by leading innovation in Ireland's approach to energy. We are currently looking to build our team across both technical and non-technical disciplines and are curently recuiting for the following positions:
  1. Programme Manager - Behavioural Economics Unit (job description and application details)|
  2. Programme Manager - Energy Efficiency Technical Support Unit (job description and application details)
  3. Programme Executive - Behavioural Economics Unit (job description and application details)
  4. Programme Executive - Better Energy Programmes (job description and application details)
  5. Programme Assistant - Behavioural Economics Unit (job description and application details)
  6. Programme Executive - Better Energy Deep Retrofit Programme (job description and application details)
Closing date for applications for the above posts is January 20th, 2017.
In addition to these positions, SEAI will be advertising early in 2017 for roles across a range of disciplines. If you are interested in working in an organisation that has a real and measurable impact on tackling our climate challenges, then watch this space.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Blog and Twitter Changes

As you can see, we have changed the title of the blog. It is now simply "economics, psychology, policy". The main function of the blog will continue to be to disseminate information in the areas of behavioural economics, economic psychology, and broad cognate areas. It will also be used to disseminate information about the activities in both the Dublin and Stirling research groups. The twitter account is also changing name to simply econpsypol and will also serve the above functions. I hope to post more and I welcome suggestions for interesting things we can do.