Experimental Public Choice Workshop 2017

The Laboratory for Experimental Anthropology (Anthropo-Lab) in collaboration with the European School of Political and Social Sciences (ESPOL) at the Catholic University of Lille, Lille, France, will host the Experimental Public Choice Workshop on May 23—24, 2017.

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. Over the last 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 (culture, emotions, institutions, norms) in more depth.

The aim of the Experimental Public Choice Workshop is to unite researchers working across disciplines using experiments in order to speculate together on how the experimental method could improve our understanding of a variety of typical public choice topics. All speakers are invited to submit a paper to the special issue in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

Please check the Experimental Public Choice program

Please contact Rustam Romaniuc (rustam.romaniuc@univ-catholille.fr) if you want to attend the event. We have a limited number of seats!


  • Dan Houser (George Mason University)
  • Melis Kartal (University of Vienna)
  • Aniol Llorente-Saguer (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Bryan McCannon (West Virginia University)
  • Cesar Martinelli (George Mason University)
  • Johanna Mollestrom (Humboldt University)
  • Rustam Romaniuc (Catholic University of Lille)
  • Roman Sheremeta (Case Western Reserve University)
  • Thomas Stratmann (George Mason University)
  • Jean-Robert Tyran (University of Vienna)
  • Marie-Claire Villeval (University of Lyon)
  • Jonathan Woon (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Frans van Winden (University of Amsterdam)


  • Greg DeAngelo, West Virginia University
  • Daniel Houser, George Mason University
  • Rustam Romaniuc, Catholic University of Lille


  • ETHICS (EA 7446) – Catholic University of Lille
  • ESPOL-LAB – Catholic University of Lille
  • LEM-CNRS (UMR 9221)
  • French Association for Experimental Economics (ASFEE)