CEAR-CSAE | Eliciting Subjective Beliefs and Risk and Time Preferences in Developing Countries

Posted On June 30, 2015

October 1, 2015 - October 3, 2015

University of Oxford


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General Information

This workshop examines how risk preferences, time preferences and subjective beliefs can be elicited in the field, with special attention to applications in developing countries. The first 1½ days will be a training workshop for students and researchers led by CEAR, and the second 1½ days will be a plenary workshop presenting and discussing research findings from ongoing projects.

Even when preferences and beliefs are not the primary focus of a field experiment, they are invaluable to help explain observed behavior of individuals, households and firms in developing countries. Researchers are increasingly seeking to augment their field experiment or survey research with incentivized experiments designed to elicit risk preferences, time preferences and/or subjective beliefs.

The training workshop introduces elicitation methods used in the field, as well as statistical methods for analyzing the data collected and estimating risk attitudes, discounting functions and beliefs. The training workshop reviews the strengths and weaknesses of different elicitation methods and estimates, especially focusing on the specific field context encountered when working with low-income households in developing countries.

The research workshop presents applied work from projects undertaken in the field. All presentations will be plenary, to allow for conversation and evaluation of findings.


The workshops will be held in the Mary Sunley Building, St Catherine’s College. Additionally accommodation has been reserved at the conference venue St Catherine's College, maps and directions can be found here: http://www.stcatz.ox.ac.uk/contact/map-and-directions


Getting to Oxford information here: http://www.csae.ox.ac.uk/conferences/2016-EdiA/travel.html

If you are arriving in to Heathrow, the easiest way to travel to Oxford is by bus, information here: http://airline.oxfordbus.co.uk/timetables/. The driver will announce all stops in Oxford, and you can either get off at the High Street/Queens Lane stop and walk to the College [about 5 minutes] or go to the central bus station and take a taxi.


Glenn Harrison (C.V. Starr Chair of Risk Management & Insurance, GSU, and Director of CEAR) and Karlijn Morsink (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in Economies at CSAE, University of Oxford) are the organizers of the workshop. Funding is being provided by the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR) at Georgia State University and the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) at University of Oxford. See cear.gsu.edu for more information on CEAR and csae.ox.ac.uk for more information on CSAE.

Should you have questions, please contact Glenn Harrison at [email protected], Mark Schneider at [email protected] or Karlijn Morsink at [email protected] with questions about participation and logistics.

Submissions and Applications

August 15, 2015 is the deadline for both the Call For Applicants to attend the training workshop and the Call For Papers for the plenary workshop. Please submit your interest at the corresponding link below. Delegates that wish to both attend the training and present in the plenary workshop will need to do so at both links below.

*CEAR and CSAE will be able to provide accommodation and meals for accepted presentations and student attendees. CEAR and CSAE have a limited fund to support travel costs of presenters and student attendees, and will consider applications for travel funds on a case-by-case basis as received. We would also encourage delegates to seek funding for travel from their own institution.

Call For Applicants

Call for Applicants is now closed
  • October 1-2
  • Training workshop for students and researchers
  • Introduction to elicitation methods used in the field
  • Statistical methods for analyzing data
  • Estimating risk attitudes, discounting functions and beliefs

Call For Papers

Call for Papers is now closed
  • October 2-3
  • Plenary presentation of applied work from projects undertaken in the field