Thursday, May 10, 2018

List of European Masters Programmes in Behavioural Science

This is a working list of European Masters Programs in Behavioural Economics, Behavioural Science, Economics & Psychology and Decision Science in Europe. This is an update to a previous list compiled by Mark Egan. This post focuses on one/two year MA/MSc programmes in Europe that are specialist programmes in this area. The "Behavioural Economics Guide" includes PhD programmes in the US and other programmes such as general MA programmes in faculties with strong behavioural and experimental groups. 

List of Masters Programs (Updated May 2018) 

MSc Behavioral Science (Stirling)

Friday, May 04, 2018

Paid Research Experience Posts

There is an opportunity for paid research experience assisting the development of the behavioural science and policy research group at UCD working with Professor Liam Delaney. Tasks include those below. Please note these are temporary positions and we also will advertise longer term positions as they arise. The typical duration will be one day per week for up to 12 weeks, with pay varying from 11 euro to 13 euro per hour depending on experience. Please send your CV to The posts would be particularly suited to economics and psychology graduates with a high degree of research aptitude and interest. For those looking to work here this summer, the deadline is Friday 18th May. There are likely to be many applications relative to number of places available.

a) Assisting with events and social media relating to the research activities of the group, including minuting the weekly meetings.

b) Assisting in the background research on a book on the history of economics and psychology

c) Assisting in the development of a measurement methodology for examining decisions in everyday contexts.

d) Assisting in the background research for the development of an ethics framework for behavioural public policy.

e) Assisting on projects in the areas of health, environment, and education.

f) Assisting on the development of research funding proposals in the area of behavioural public policy

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Blog Topics: Economics, Psychology, & Policy

It has been a while since I have written longer posts on this blog. As said in the previous post, we will shortly launch a formal website for the new group and this blog will now revert to a more personal platform to discuss economics and psychology research. My main motivation in returning to this activity is to help in the process of developing material for a book I am writing on the history of economics psychology, and the development of a number of teaching programmes in UCD. There is also a discipline in writing blogposts that still makes it useful on top of using twitter as a form of social media interaction.

The main idea behind my book is to present the history of economics and psychology as a series of interactions and intellectual ideas over centuries and to draw inspiration from this for understanding the current field and future developments. I will post some ideas from this over the next while on this blog.

I have been involved, with colleagues, in developing two one-year graduate programmes, the MSc in Behavioural Science in Stirling, and the MSc in Behavioural Economics in UCD. The MSc in Stirling is currently in its fifth year and the MSc in Dublin is going into its second year. Developing these programmes has been an intense and rewarding experience and has pushed me to continue to learn as much as I can about wider literatures and push our programmes as far as possible towards the frontier of current knowledge and practice.

At present, there are a number of areas I am particularly interested in, and this will be reflected in the blog topics. The ethical aspect of applications of behavioural science in the public and private sector has been a key strand in both the UCD and Stirling MSc programmes. This blogpost contains a long albeit partial list of the various works that have been written on this. I am increasingly interested in how this can be brought into practice across the world, in particular the potential for usual guidelines for practitioners drawing from the academic literature. Related to this, there are now many firms and other organisations hiring behavioural scientists and behavioural economics, and many dedicated training programmes in this area. It is a good time to ask how to develop the professional aspects of this field. What counts as sufficient training for a behavioural scientist? What professional structures would benefit the discipline? I am hoping to build a lot more links between the various programmes in this area throughout Europe and am open to contact on this at any point. The development of career tracks in this area is also something I have been keeping an eye on.

Many of our students enter into policy and regulation in particular, and we hope that they are discerning consumers of scientific information. The replication crisis has entered many of our lectures and we train students to think critically about the academic literature, and I hope to keep up to date with the responses to this through posting here. In general, the extent to which we can go from findings in the academic literature to deriving parameters that are useful in policy is something that has occupied a lot of attention in my reading and our teaching. New papers emerging on scaleability, policy-relevant treatment effects, and related concepts should be a key focus of thought for people attempting to building bridges between policy and academia.

The blog will also be used to put out simple conceptual pieces to complement our Irish Behavioural Science and Policy Network sessions. Through this network, we host a range of discussion events and keynote talks, and there are currently approaching 500 people on the mailing list (which you can sign up to here). I have often used the blog to write short posts on topics that people keep asking me about on email or in talks and I will continue that here now also. We will be announcing soon upcoming keynote talks as well as regular sessions on ethics, business decision-making, and communications. 

The integration of new methodologies into our work has always been a focus of attention for this blog. I hope to keep discussions going on what methods behavioural public policy researcher should be trained in. Our group is particularly focused on naturalistic methods such as day reconstruction, but we will discuss a wide range of methodologies, including qualitative methods here (post here). We are completing work on building a new experimental lab here in UCD, and we are having a lot of discussions about studies combining lab experiments and naturalistic survey methods.

I will use the hashtags #ucdbsp (UCD Behavioural Science and Policy) and #ibspn (Irish Behavioural Science and Policy Network) on twitter to disseminate the posts.

Please do get in touch there or email me if you have thoughts about any of the posts or suggestions for topics.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Blog Changes

We will shortly launch a new website for the research group in Dublin. This will contain information on all of our events, publications, training, research opportunities, and so forth. This blog will now be used in a more personal capacity to distribute short pieces on issues around behavioural research mostly posted by myself, and from other researchers from time to time. The twitter account @econpsypol is also a good resource for keeping up with events in behavioural economics here in Dublin and also in Stirling.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

11th Annual Economics and Psychology Conference

11th Annual Economics and Psychology Conference

The 11th annual one day conference on Economics and Psychology will be held on November 30th in Dublin, jointly organised by researchers in ESRI and UCD. The purpose of these sessions is to develop the link between Economics, Psychology, and cognate disciplines throughout Ireland. A special theme of these events is the implications of behavioural economics for public policy. If you would like to present at this event please send a 200 word abstract to before Friday 7th September.
As well as the annual workshop we have developed a broader network to meet more regularly to discuss work at the intersection of economics, psychology, and policy. This has had five meet-ups so far, as well as some offshoot sessions. Anyone interested in this area is welcome to attend. A website with more details and a mailing list to sign up to is available here. There are currently over 450 people signed up to the network and the events have been very lively and interesting. There are several more planned for throughout 2018/2019 and we welcome suggestions.

2018 PhD Conference in Behavioural Science

2018  PhD Conference in Behavioural Science 

 Thursday, the 29th of November 2018
UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy

The UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy is pleased to announce our PhD Student Conference in Behavioural Science for 2018 in collaboration with the Stirling University Management School. This continues successful annual events held at Dublin and Stirling. For information about last two year's PhD conference click here and here. The PhD conference will be held at University College Dublin on November 29th and will be followed by the 11th annual Irish economics and psychology conference on November 30th. Attendees to the PhD conference on November 29th are also welcome to attend the November 30th workshop. 

The 2018 PhD Conference aims to give PhD students in Behavioural Science the opportunity to meet other researchers, to present their work, and get feedback from peers and researchers in the field. The PhD conference will deal with all areas of behavioural science (or behavioural economics, economic psychology, judgement and decision making, depending on your terminological preference). Topics include, but are not limited to
  • Nudging and Behavioural Policies 
  • Evaluation of Behavioural Policies
  • Mechanisms of Behavioural Interventions
  • Inter-temporal Choice
  • Self-control
  • Risk Preferences
  • Social Preferences
  • Heuristics
  • Personality and Economic
  • Subjective Well-Being
  • Identity in Economics
  • Emotions and Decision Making 
  • Behavioural Medicine
  • Early Influences on Later Life Outcomes
  • Behavioural Science and the Labour Market
  • Research Methods in Behavioural Science 
Speakers will present their research followed by a discussion. There will be no conference fee and a social dinner will be provided for attendees on the evening of November 30th. Please go to this link to submit an abstract for the conference. 
  • September 30: Abstract submission deadline (up to 500 words).
  • October 10: Notification of acceptance.
We look forward to welcoming you to Dublin. If you have questions, feel free to send an email to 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Irish Behavioural Science and Policy Network: Behavioural Science and Business Event

This meeting of the Irish Behavioural Science and Policy Network will explore the application of behavioural economics and behavioural science more generally in industry and market applications. The event will take place on March 29th at 6pm to 8pm in Dublin City Centre and will include four panel members who will share their experiences to date in applying ideas from this area in market applications. Our panel members include Amy Hume from Carr Communications, Robert Mooney from Amarach Research, Richard Roche from NUI Maynooth, and Alyona Rogozhkina who is currently developing a company based on behavioural science applications in workplace settings. This will be followed by a panel discussion and audience interaction. This is an emerging area globally and we hope the discussion will further advance applications of this area in Ireland. There is no fee to attend but we ask that people register as our events tend to reach capacity.