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The 2018 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, 23rd and 24th November 2018

The fourth edition will take place in Lisbon, the 23rd and 24th of November 2018, at the Institute of Social Science of the 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 Alexander Cappelen (NHH and FAIR Center for Ethics and Economics) and David Nickerson (Temple University). 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:


Elections and Mobilization (session chaired by David Nickerson)

Political campaigns are a critical feature of democratic elections and mobilizing supporters is an important goal of campaigns in societies with low to moderate rates of voter turnout. The first generation of voter mobilization field experiments measured the effect of different tactics in a variety of electoral settings and established a set of levers for moving voters. The second generation of voter mobilization experiments utilized these levers to understand facets of voter psychology, social networks, and the moderating effects of political institutions and demographic composition of neighborhoods. At their best, these experiments apply strong identification strategies to aspects of important social phenomena.
The voter mobilization session of the Lisbon meeting is looking for papers with strong identification strategies (e.g., field experiments, natural experiments, regression discontinuity) using voter mobilization broadly understood (e.g., turnout, volunteerism, rally attendance, donations, persuasion) as a window into interesting psychological and social processes. Possible topics include:
- Social networks
- Voter psychology
- Local institutions
- Inequality
- Campaign dynamics
- Economic and social conditions
- Governance
The session will have no regional focus and papers from a wide range of settings will be encouraged.

Moral Preferences (session chaired by Alexander Cappelen)

It is well established in the social sciences that people have are motivated by more than narrow self-interest, but our understanding of the nature and complexity of moral motivation is still fragmented and incomplete. In particular, how people differ in their moral preferences and how they make moral trade-offs. Too little is also know about how social institutions shape moral preferences and, in particular, people’s willingness to accept inequality. This session invites submission using experimental methodology to study these issues.

The psychology of inequality and social change (session chaired by Kristin Laurin)

Almost all political struggles are between proponents of change and proponents of stability. One country wants to preserve an existing free trade agreement while another wants it torn up. One party wants to impose new environmental regulations on businesses and citizens, the other believes the current regulatory regime is sufficient. Many struggles additionally revolve around economic inequality: Should we attempt to redistribute wealth, and if so, how much? What rights and services should be guaranteed to all citizens, and which ones should be available only to those who can pay? The answers that society settles on depend on a whole constellation of factors, but one of these, particularly in a democracy, is public opinion. This session therefore aims to unpack experimental approaches to exploring two related sets of questions. On the one hand, we ask when people prefer stability, when they prefer social change; we ask what mechanisms explain these preferences, and we ask what their consequences are. On the other, we ask how people perceive social inequality, we ask when they advocate for the specific social change of redistribution or great equality, and we ask what are the psychological consequences more broadly of economic inequality.

Beliefs (session chaired by Adeline Delavande)

Many economic decisions are forward-looking and thus involve beliefs (or expectations) of future outcomes. Understanding the expectations that individuals have, and how they get formed, is therefore of crucial importance to designing and evaluating policies in health, education, finance, migration, social protection, and many other areas. For this session, we invite submissions of papers using data on subjective beliefs collected (or inferred) from surveys or lab experiments to better understand (i) decision-making under uncertainty in various domains; (ii) beliefs formation and learning, and (iii) how best to elicit subjective beliefs from individuals.

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

Submissions should be sent no later than September 23th 2018.
The scientific committee’s decisions will be announced by October 7th 2018.


Organizing Committee

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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