Behavioural Science in Law & Policy:
Evidence, Ethics, & Expertise
Organisers: Professor Muireann Quigley (Law, Innovation, and Society Research Group, Newcastle Law School) and Professor Liam Delaney (Behavioural Sciences Centre, Stirling Management School)
Date: Friday, 23rd September 2016
Venue: Conference Room, Newcastle law School, Newcastle University
Behavioural economics, and behavioural science more generally, has become an increasingly salient aspect of modern policy debates. Governments throughout the world have begun to explicitly incorporate this literature across a wide range of policy domains. The potential for this literature to improve policy through evidence-based trials has been widely discussed. Furthermore, the implications of behavioural economics for regulation is now on the agenda of many leading regulatory agencies. The increasing traction within policy circles of behavioural approaches to law and policy is evident through the creation of specialist units across the globe; e.g. the United Kingdom’s Behavioural Insights Team, the Social and Behavioural Sciences Team in the United States, and the Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government. Within the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre offers support to Commission services wanting to conduct behavioural studies. Despite the current enthusiasm amongst governments and policy-makers for behavioural approaches, there are potential problems with the use of the behavioural sciences to formulate public policy, many of which remain underexplored. The aim of this workshop is to bring together papers from a range of different disciplinary, regulatory, and practical perspectives to examine these.
08:45 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome
09:15 – 11:00 Session 1 – Matters of Principle & Practice: Ethics & the Behavioural Sciences
Dr Christian Schubert (Max Planck Institute of Economics) - Nudging, Integrity and Welfare
Dr Magdelena Malecka & Dr Robert Leipnes (EUI) - 'Nudges, Law & Politics - beyond the individualist perspective
Dr. Leonhard Lades (University of Stirling) – “Nudges, Well-Being and Welfare”
Commentator: Prof. Liam Delaney (University of Stirling)
11:15-13:00 Session 2 – The Regulatory State in the Behavioural Era
TBC: Dr Fabiana Di Porto (University of Salento) & Dr Nicoletta Rangone (LUMSA University) - A Behavioural Approach to Consumer Empowerment Regulation: Applications in Gambling.
Katy King & Elisabeth Costa (Behavioural Insights Team) - Applying Behavioural Insights to Regulated Markets.
Commentator: Dr. Leonhard Lades (University of Stirling)
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:45 Session 3 - Translating Behavioural Science into Law & Policy: Problems, Pitfalls, & Solutions
Kathryn McKay (University of Birmingham) & Prof. Muireann Quigley (Newcastle University) - Exacerbating Inequalities? Health Policy & the Behavioural Sciences.
Dr Nicky Priaulx & Dr Martin Weinel (Cardiff University) - (Mis)understanding behaviour: Law, science and expertise'.
Prof. Peter John (University College London) – “How Far to Nudge?”.
Commentator Dr. Michael Daly (Stirling).
15:45 – 16:00 Coffee
18:30 Speakers’ Dinner
Please email the workshop organisers Prof Muireann Quigley (Muireann.Quigley@newcastle.ac.uk) and Prof Liam Delaney (Liam.Delaney@stir.ac.uk) if you have any queries. If you wish to register as a delegate for the event, you can do so at the following registration page. Registration is free but numbers are limited by space. The workshop is sponsored by Newcastle University Law School and Stirling University Management School. We look forward to your submissions and participation.