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Utrecht, 2-4 May

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The Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences of the University of Oxford (CESS) is pleased to announce the Sixth International Meeting on Experimental and Behavioral Social Sciences (IMEBESS) at the Utrecht University, Utrecht city in Netherlands, on May 2-4 2019.

IMEBESS has started as a succession of the International Meeting series on Experimental and Behavioral Economics (IMEBE), and had an inaugural meeting at Nuffield College, University of Oxford in April 2014. Since then the meeting has occurred annually, at the Institute for Advanced Study at Toulouse in 2015, at the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli in 2016, at the Universitat de Barcelona in 2017, and at the European University Institute in 2018.

IMEBESS intends to bring together researchers in all areas of the social sciences who are interested in experimental methods. We believe that behavioural economics is increasingly informed by a very diverse range of research traditions. Hence, we are particularly interested in the participation of all social science disciplines with an interest in experimental and behavioural research, including anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology.


» Deadline to submit a paper: 7 January 2019.

» Decisions communicated by: 8 February 2019.

» Registration fee: €300.

» For more information email us at imebess2019@gmail.com.

On April 30 and May 1, we will conduct a 2-day Software Carpentry workshop covering version control, the unix shell, reproducible analysis and dynamic documents. Stay tuned for more information.

Organizing Comittee

Jordi Brandts

Jordi Brandts is a research professor at IAE-CSIC and Barcelona GSE Research Professor. He is also a Research Fellow of CESifo. His research is experimental in areas such as the study of cooperation, organizational economics, industrial organizational and market analysis, conflict and the effects of communication on strategic interaction.

From 2008-2013 he held the Serra-Ramoneda/Catalunya Caixa Chair at the Department of Business at UAB. From 2007-2011 he was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Experimental Economics. He currently serves as Advisory Editor for Games and Economic Behavior, Associate Editor of Review of Economic Design, and Senior Editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance. He is also European Vice-President of the Economic Science Association.


Raymond Duch

Raymond Duch is an Official Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and the Director of the Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS), which currently has centres in Oxford, Santiago (Chile) and Pune (India). Prior to assuming these positions he was the Senator Don Henderson Scholar in Political Science at the University of Houston. He is currently the Long Term Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Toulouse School of Economics, a Director of the European Political Science Association, and Vice-President of the Midwest Political Science Association. He is a member of the UK Cabinet Office Cross-Whitehall Trial Advice Panel to offer Whitehall departments technical support in designing and implementing controlled experiments to assess policy effectiveness.

Professor Duch’s research focuses on responsibility attribution, incorporating elements of theory, experiments and analysis of public opinion. In 2008 he published an award-winning book, The Economic Vote, that demonstrates that citizens hold political parties accountable for economic outcomes. His experiments have identified the information shortcuts that individuals deploy for responsibility attribution. More recently, Professor Duch has conducted experimental research into cheating, exploring its implications for tax compliance, corruption and economic performance. Professor Duch has conducted lab, field and online experiments throughout the world He lectures and also publishes on experimental methods. His research appears in the leading political science and economic journals. He is the founder of Behavioural Analytics that advises public and private clients.


Enrique Fatás

Enrique Fatás is currently at Loughborough University and Universidad del Rosario. Before that, Enrique was the Head of School and a full-time professor at the School of Economics at the University of East Anglia. He is also co-Investigator of the ESRC Network for Integrated Behavioral Science and the National Science Foundation Collaborative Research NSCC/SA project Behavioural Insights into National Security Issues. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Competition Policy and at the Center for Behavioral and Experimental Social Science.

Professor Fatás’ research areas are behavioural economics, public economics, organizational behaviour, industrial organization and the economics of conflict. He has published his work in several journals in Economics and other disciplines (including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Management Science, or Psychological Science).


Laura Fortunato

Laura Fortunato is Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Tutorial Fellow of Magdalen College, University of Oxford. She is also External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. She studied Biological Sciences at the University of Padova (Laurea, 2003) and Anthropology at University College London (MRes, 2004; PhD, 2009).

Professor Fortunato works on a variety of topics at the interface of biology and anthropology with aims to understand the evolution of human social and cultural behaviour, including the evolution of human family systems, cultural evolution, and cooperation and social complexity.


Diego Gambetta

Diego Gambetta is Professor of Social Theory at the European University Institute, and an Emeritus Fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford. Born in Turin, Italy, he received his PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge, U.K, in 1983. From 1984 to 1991 he was Research Fellow at King’s College, Cambridge. Since 1992 he has held various positions at the University of Oxford. He has been visiting professor at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Science Po and the Collège de France in Paris, ETH in Zurich, and Stanford University. Since 2000 he is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Professor Gambetta’s research interests include Analytical Sociology, Mafias, Signalling Theory and Applications, Trust and Mimicry, Violent Extremists, and Experimental Methods.


David Klinowski

David Klinowski is a Postdoctoral Research Officer at the Santiago Centre for Experimental Social Sciences of the Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and the Universidad de Santiago de Chile. His research is in the area of Behavioral Economics, and uses experiments in the laboratory and the field, as well as naturally generated data, to explore prosocial behavior and gender issues. He received his Ph.D. in Economics in 2016 from the University of Pittsburgh.


Wojtek Przepiorka

Wojtek Przepiorka is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology at Utrecht University. His research interests are in analytical and economic sociology, game theory, organizational behavior and quantitative methodology. Wojtek uses laboratory, field and online survey experiments to investigate how social norms emerge, are enforced and change. For example, he currently investigates how descriptive norms of ICT use affect people’s privacy attitudes and behaviors (with C. Horne, Washington State University), or how the sharing of compromising information about deviant acts can promote trust and cooperation in extra-legal contexts (with D. Gambetta, EUI Florence).

Before moving to the Netherlands, Wojtek was a research fellow at Nuffield CESS and the Department of Sociology in Oxford. He studied sociology at University of Bern and completed his doctorate at ETH Zurich (with distinction). His research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, American Sociological Review, European Sociological Review, Evolution and Human Behavior, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, Social Forces, and other disciplinary and cross-disciplinary outlets.