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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.