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The 2020 Lisbon Meeting on Economics and Political Science aims at bringing together scholars who share methodologies and research topics in these two fields. It is a joint organization of the Nova School for Business and Economics and of Institute of Social Sciences and the School of Economics and Management of the University of Lisbon.

Lisbon Meeting on Economics and Political Science

Lisbon, 11th and 12th July 2020

The fith edition will take place in Lisbon, the 11th and 12th July 2020, at ISEG- University of Lisbon, and will focus this year on the use of experimental approaches to the study of politics and economics. It features two keynote public addresses by John Jost (NYU) and Rita Ginja (University of Bergen). There are four sessions with contributed papers, preferably, but not limited to, on topics of behavioral and experimental economics and political science. Every paper will have a discussant and there are no parallel sessions.

We welcome submissions of complete papers on the following topics:


Political Ideology as Motivated Social Cognition: Theoretical and Methodological Advances (session chaired by John Jost, NYU)

Ideology is a potent motivational force; human beings are capable of committing atrocities (as well as acts of generosity and courage) and sacrificing even their own lives for the sake of abstract belief systems. This session will be focused on approaches and studies that illustrate the basic cognitive, neural, and motivational processes that give rise to ideological activity.
The session may include papers focusing on epistemic, existential, and relational motives and their implications for left-right (or liberal-conservative) political orientation. Other topics covered may include the effects of exposure to specific ideological contents.


Polarization, misinformation and division on social media (session chaired by Jonathan Bright, Oxford Internet Institute)

We live in an age of increasing polarization in politics and many are pointing the finger at social media as having responsibility. Alternative news platforms which emphasise divisive and emotive content seem to flourish on social platforms, generating engagement and interest which far outstrips their traditional counterparts. Fringe ideologies from anti-vaxx conspiracy theories to incel subculture and white nationalism seem to flourish online. And even the moderate ends of the political spectrum seem to self-organise into echo chambers where views are reinforced rather than challenged. But is all of this really true, and if so does any of it matter? This session will focus on these issues, and accepts papers addressing the theoretical foundations of these debates or empirically investigating their scope, causes and consequences.

Emotions, Identity, and Political Behaviour (session chaired by Rosario Aguilar, Newcastle University)

Political communication seeks to persuade citizens to act on a preference they already have or to change such preference. The final objective could be electoral or policy oriented. On the one hand, candidates or parties might seek to win an election; on the other, political elites might seek support for their policies or to discredit other policy alternatives. This process takes place both in democratic and in non-democratic settings. Based on previous research, we know that the persuasion process tends to include programmatic or policy issues, but it also includes content intended to trigger an ingroup-outgroup response and/or an emotional reaction that would provoke citizens to engage in a specific cognitive process. Therefore, this session aims to engage experimental research that looks into the question of the role of identity politics and/or emotions on citizens’ political behaviour.

Education, health and the labour market (session chaired by Rita Ginja, University of Bergen)

For this session, we invite paper submissions on any topic at the intersection between health and/education and labour economics. Economists have shown a great interest in the relationship between labour market outcomes, education and health. These topics have gained prominence in recent years as population ageing changes the composition of the workforce, together with increased globalization and automatization of some tasks, all of which have important consequences for worker productivity and occupational health.
Examples of suitable topics for the session are
 Early life health, education, and productivity
 Impacts of educational reforms that target individuals during high school and/or college years
 Compensating differentials and occupational risk
 The intergenerational transmission of health and determinants of employability
 Retirement and health capacity to work at older ages
 Health insurance and the labour market
 Mental health and employability
 The effects of unemployment and downturns on health
 Structural modeling of labour market decisions and education/health
 Evaluation of health and education reforms
 Prescription drug use, mental health, education and labour market outcomes


Submissions should take the form of a complete paper, and be sent to: and

Submissions should be sent no later than May 10th, 2020.
The scientific committee’s decisions will be announced by May 20th, 2020.

The organizers of the Lisbon Meeting are closely monitoring the situation concerning the coronavirus (Covid-19) and taking all developments very seriously. At this time, we do not anticipate the need for any alterations to the program.

Organizing Committee

Bruno Carvalho (Nova School of Business and Economics and ECARES (ULB))
Alexander Coutts (Nova School of Business and Economics)
Rui Costa Lopes (Institute of Social Sciences, Lisbon)
Pedro Magalhães (Institute of Social Sciences, Lisbon)
Sandra Maximiano (ISEG, ULisboa and UECE)
Joana Pais (ISEG, ULisboa and UECE)
Susana Peralta (Nova School of Business and Economics)
João Pereira dos Santos (Nova School of Business and Economics)
José Tavares (Nova School of Business and Economics)


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