1st A.B.E.E.S.S. meeting


We would like to invite you to attend the 1st Athens meeting of Behavioral Economics and Experimental Social Sciences (ABEESS), which will take place on the 9th of May 2016 at the Department of Economics of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

The 9th of May is a very important date for our Department, since it marks the official inauguration of our Experimental Laboratory in Social Sciences, situated in the heart of the historical center of Athens. The Laboratory's main aim is to revive academic debate, suggest conclusive research methodologies and host interdisciplinary experiments in Social Sciences for
international research institutions and universities.

The event is intended to bring together

• a steadily growing community of experimentally minded social scientists who work across Greek academic institutions and
• behavioral and experimental scientists from abroad, who want to create ties in Athens and to contribute to the development of Behavioral and Experimental Social Sciences back in the city where it all began.

VENUE: 4th floor (Room 412 and room 416)

Grypareio Megaro: Sofokleous and 11, Aristidou

Access: Metro -> Panepistimio

09:15-09:45: Arrivals/Registration

09:45-10:00: Opening Remarks

10:00-11:00: OPENING PRESENTATIONS (one session, room 412 and room 416)

Olga Kostopoulou (Reader in Medical Decision Making, Imperial College London) - First-impression bias in medical diagnosis
Michalis Drouvelis (Reader in Behavioural Economics Department of Economics, University of Birmingham) - Prosociality spillovers of working in groups
Andreas Drichoutis (Assistant Professor Agricultural, University of Athens) - The effect of an ambient citrus scent on willingness to pay and choice under risk

11:00--11:30: Break (coffee & cookies)

11:30-12:45: MORNING PARALLEL SESSIONS (two sessions)

Incentives and voting (room 412)
Selay Sahan (Credit Risk Analysis and Sector Research Manager, Ziraat Bank Turkey) - Worker incentives in the field
Aurelie Dariel (SSEL Visiting Research Associate, New York University Abu Dhabi) - Bonuses and leadership: Evidence from coordination games
Theodore Alysandratos (PhD candidate Royal Holloway, University of London) - Voting with endogenous information acquisition in the lab

Yulie Foka-Kavalieraki (PhD Department of History & Philosophy of Science, University of Athens) - Are we biased against rationality? Intellectual-and-Moral-Attribution Bias in humans and the problem with behavioral economics and public policy.

Risk taking and investment (room 416)
Levent Neyse (Postdoctoral Researcher Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany) - Income inequality and risk taking
Elisa Gambetti (Ph.D. Department of Psychology, University of Bologna) - Personality traits and investment
Hanna Freudenreich (Doctoral Researcher, University of Goettingen, Faculty for Agricultural Sciences, Department for Agricultural Economics and Rural Development) - Different insurance schemes as incentives for technology adoption: Experimental evidence from maize farmers in Mexico

12:45-13:30: Break (finger food)

13:30-14:30: AFTERNOON PARALLEL SESSIONS (two sessions, room 412 and room 416)

Well being (room 412)
Christiane Scwieren (Professor of Organzational Behavior, Heidelberg University) - Social preferences under chronic stress: women talk the talk but don’t walk the walk
Georgios Kavetsos (Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Behavioural Science  Queen Mary University of London, and Centre for Economic Performance: London School of Economics) - Individual experience of positive and negative growth is asymmetric: Global evidence from subjective well-being data
Victoria Mousteri (PhD candidate Economics Division, University of Stirling - Stirling Behavioural Science Centre) - A study of unemployment’s scarring effect on subjective well-being across europe

Trust, the public good and WTP (room 416)
Julian Hackinger (Research Assistant and PhD candidate, Technical University of Munich) - Not all income is the same to everyone: Cognitive ability and the house money effect in public goods games.
Athanasia Arnokorou (Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Edinburgh) - Re-examining the house money effect
Achilleas Vassilopoulos (Educational Consultant Hellenic, National Defence College & Agricultural University of Athens) - Expectations, anchoring, salience and the No-Loss-In-Buying hypothesis in non-market valuation: A test using the BDM mechanism

14:30-15:00: Break (coffee & cookies)

15:00-16:00: CLOSING PRESENTATIONS (room 412 and room 416)

Lisa Zaval (Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, Columbia University ) - Insights from the center of research on environmental decisions (teleconference)
Elisabeth Linos (Head of Research and Evaluation at Behavioural Insight Team, North America and Ph.D. Candidate in Public Policy, Harvard University) - What does it look like when governments try it? A presentation from the Behavioral insights team (teleconference)
Keynote Lecture: Nikos Nikiforakis (Professor New York University, Abu Dhabi) - Are the rich more selfish than the poor? Evidence from a natural field experiment

16:00-16:30: Break


16:30-17:30: ROUNDTABLE (room 412 and room 416):

Experimental and behavioral social sciences during and after the crisis.


  • Andreas Papandreou (Associate Professor of Economics, University of Athens)
  • Pantelis Pipergias Analytis (Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute, Berlin)               


Main Discussants:

  • Andreas Drichoutis (Assistant Professor, Agricultural University of Athens)
  • Kohei Kawamura (Senior Lecturer of Economics, University of Edinburgh)
  • Phoebe Koundouri (Associate Professor of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business)
  • Nikos Nikiforakis (Associate Professor of Economics, NYU Abu Dhabi)
  • Vasileios Vlaseros (A.B.E.E.S.S. Laboratory Director, University of Athens and Senior Treasury Researcher, National Bank of Greece)

Note that due to the capacity of the venue, the maximum number of attendees for is 70. Therefore, if you wish to attend, we kindly ask you to register by sending an email to Fivos Savva (fivos.savva@gmail.com) stating your full name, institutional affiliation, contact email and mobile phone number. Invitations will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

To attend from the comfort of your own home, you can watch all presentations live at http://live.uoa.gr.

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