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2017-03-02Jean-Robert Tyran(University of Vienna) Voter Motivation and the Quality of Democratic Choice. Room: E0.14, 16:00-17:15. The quality of democratic choice critically depends on voter motivation, i.e. on votersí willingness to cast an informed vote. If voters are motivated, voting may result in smart choices because of information aggregation but if voters remain ignorant, delegating decision making to an expert may yield better outcomes. We experimentally study a common interest situation in which we vary votersí information cost and the competence of the expert. We find that voters are more motivated to collect information than predicted by standard theory and that voter motivation is higher when subjects demand to make choices by voting than when voting is imposed on subjects.
2017-03-16Heather Royer(UC Santa Barbara) TBA. Room: , 16:00-17:15. No abstract available.
2017-03-30Sanjeev Goyal(University of Cambridge) TBA. Room: , 16:00-17:15. No abstract available.
2017-04-13Alan Sanfey(Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen) Social motivations in choice: insights from decision neuroscience. Room: E0.15, . Our lives consist of a constant stream of decisions and
choices, from the mundane to the highly consequential. The standard approach to experimentally examining decision-making has been to examine choices with clearly defined probabilities and outcomes, however it is an open question as to whether decision models describing these situations can be extended to choices that must be made by assessing the intentions and preferences both of oneself and of another social partner. This class of social decision-making offers a useful approach to examine more complex forms of decisions, which may in fact better approximate many of our real-life choices. I will present data from several experiments where we use economic games to observe how players decide in real, consequential, social contexts, and will discuss how we can use these brain insights to build better models of human social preferences, incorporating both psychological and neurobiological constructs.
2017-04-20Martijn van den Assem(Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) TBA. Room: , 16:00-17:15. No abstract available.
2017-05-11Luis Santos-Pinto(University of Lausanne) TBA. Room: , 16:00-17:15. No abstract available.
2017-06-01Severine Tousseart(London School of Economics) TBA. Room: , 16:00-17:15. No abstract available.