by Matteo M Galizzi

Behavioural economics has been attracting more and more interest among both researchers and decision-makers. A new series of seminars in behavioural economics will start at the LSE next week. On Tuesday 12 November (5.15-6.15 pm) the series will be ‘kicked-off’ by a public seminar – supported by LSEHSC – by Professor George Loewenstein, Carnegie Mellon University, on ‘Behavioural Economics and Diet’.

In the last few years, there has been a growing interest in learning insights and lessons from ‘behavioural economics’ (or ‘applied behavioural science’ as Daniel Kahneman proposes to call it), and in applying them to decisions and policy design within the private, non-profit, and public sector.

By its very nature, behavioural economics is inherently inter-disciplinary, combining insights and methods from economics, psychology, cognitive and decision sciences, neuroscience, biology, medical and health studies, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, history, political science, marketing and business studies.

The LSE Behavioural Economics seminar series is a cross-departmental, inter-disciplinary initiative, founded in 2012 by Adam Oliver, and now coordinated by me. Coherently with its inter-disciplinary approach, the seminar series aims to bring together researchers interested in behavioural economics and applied behavioural science across all LSE departments and research centres.

Next week a new series of seminars will start at LSE. In the 2013/2014 academic year, seminars will typically alternate speakers from the LSE and from other institutions. There will be a seminar most weeks during term time.

Seminars will be held on Tuesdays, 5.15-6.15 pm, and will be open to everyone. Each seminar will last one hour, consisting of a thirty minutes presentation and thirty minutes for questions and discussion, followed by some informal drinks in the George IV pub for those interested.

The seminar series in 2013/2014 will be ‘kicked-off’ by a public seminar on 12 November by George Loewenstein, Professor of Economics and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University.

Professor George Loewenstein is a pioneer and a world-leading contributor to the field of behavioural economics. He received his PhD from Yale University in 1985 and has held positions at the University of Chicago, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Russell Sage Foundation and Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin.

In his public seminar, Professor George Loewenstein will talk on ‘Behavioural Economics and Diet’.  For more details please see the event information page.

The public seminar by Professor George Loewenstein is supported by LSE Health and Social Care, and will take place in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building. A map of the LSE campus can be found here.

Besides bringing together behavioural scientists across all LSE, the new series of seminars will attempt to involve a broader audience of both researchers and decision-makers in the private and public sector, in close coordination with the London Area Behavioural and Experimental Group; the London Behavioural Economics Network; and the Behavioural Public Policy list.

Further information

An updated list of seminars is available here.

About the author

Matteo M Galizzi is ESRC Future Research Leader Fellow at the London School of Economics. He is an experimental and behavioural economist working on ‘randomised controlled experiments’ bridging the lab and the field, and applied to health and social policy. He is affiliated to the LSE Behavioural Research Lab, the Department of Social Policy, LSE Health and Social Care, and the Centre for the Study of Incentives in Health.