Behavioral and Experimental Public Choice Workshop 2019

Posted On December 4, 2018

April 24, 2019 - April 25, 2019

University College Cork
Cork, Ireland


Keynote Speaker

Louis Putterman (Brown University) will be our distinguished keynote speaker.

Aim of the workshop

Public choice research has significantly increased our understanding of the incentives of public actors (e.g., heads of state, judges, and police) in non-market environments (e.g., political, legal) within which economic activities take place. However, much of the public choice literature is still based on theoretical assumptions about individual behavior or on field data from surveys that are not specifically tailored to answer the questions raised by theory. In recent decades, there has been a call from within economics to use experiments to examine preferences of actors that involve both wealth and non-wealth maximizing behavior. Together with theory and field data, experiments allow us to understand traditional public choice phenomena (bargaining, bureaucracies, communication, elections, information, legislatures) as well as more behavioral topics in collective decision-making (the role of risk, culture, emotions, institutions, norms) in greater depth.

The aim of the Behavioral and Experimental Public Choice Workshop is to unite researchers working across disciplines in order to discuss how the experimental method and behavioral insights can improve our understanding of a variety of public choice and collective decision-making topics.

Previous Workshops

The first two editions of the workshop took place in Lille in 2017 and 2018, and we were able to bring together distinguished scholars. The list of speakers included Jean-Robert Tyran, Dan Houser, Tom Stratmann, Marie-Claire Villeval, Rebecca Morton, and Ernesto Reuben among others.

More information about the previous editions of the workshop is available at

Workshop location

The workshop will be held at University College Cork, in the North Wing Council Room.

Cork is the Irish Republic’s second city, European headquarters and R&D campus of Apple, Pfizer, and other major global companies, and famous for traditional artisanal foods, Murphy’s and Beamish stout ales, and historic architecture.

Presenters will be accommodated at The River Lee Hotel,, Cork’s 4-star hotel on the river in downtown Cork.


Gregory J. DeAngelo (Claremont Graduate University), Glenn Harrison (CEAR, Georgia State University), Johanna Mollerstrom (George Mason University), Rustam Romaniuc (ETHICS, Catholic University of Lille), and Don Ross (University College Cork, University of Cape Town, and CEAR) are the organizers of this workshop. Funding is being provided by CEAR at Georgia State ( and ETHICS at the Catholic University of Lille ( Should you have questions, please contact Rustam Romaniuc at [email protected] about the substance of the workshop, and contact CEAR at [email protected] with questions about participation and logistics.

Paper Submissions

We invite interested researchers to submit an abstract (not exceeding 500 words, including title and co-authors) online at Submissions of full manuscripts, if available and even in draft form, are also encouraged. Only PDF submissions will be accepted. The submission deadline is February 1, 2019. Decisions of acceptance will be announced by February 15, 2019.