Upcoming Events

Below is a list of currently scheduled guest speakers and for our 2017 guest lecture series at the Center for Behavioral Political Economy. 

Unless listed otherwise, all events are held Friday afternoons at 1:30 pm. All lecture series are held at the CBPE classroom located in the Department of Political Science on the 7th floor of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Building. Main access to the CBPE classroom (room S-738) is located in the south inner corridor. You may also access the Center through the Decision Experiment Lab (S-736) on days when experiments are not in progress. 

Stay tuned, as guest speakers and their speaking topics, as well as additional lecture dates will be updated regularly! 

As always, if you are interested in volunteering to present this academic school year, have any recommendations for an outside speaker doing experimental work in the behavioral sciences, or have general questions about the guest lecture series, please contact Peter DeScioli  for further information


Fall 2017, Guest Lecture Series:

Friday, September 15, 2017  at 1:30 pm:  John Ryan & Talbot Andrews (Stony Brook University, Political Science)

Title: "Climate Change Mitigation Under Uncertainty"

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 1:30 pm:  Alessandro Del Ponte (Stony Brook University, Political Science)

Title: "Underspending After Downturns:

Evidence From Economic Experiments With Foraging, Financial, and Political Themes"

Friday, October 13, 2016 at 1:30 pm:  Christian Luhmann (Stony Brook University, Psychology)

Title: "Prospect Theory: It's More (and Less) Than You Think"

Friday, October 27, 2017  at 1:30 pm:  Guest Speaker: TBA

Friday, November 10, 2016 at 1:30 pm:  Andrea Robbett (Middlebury College, Economics)

Friday, December 8, 2017  at 1:30 pm:  Andrew Delton (Stony Brook University, Political Science & College of Business)


Spring 2017, Previous Speakers:

Thursday, February 9, 2017  at 1:30 pm: Mark Pickup (Simon Fraser University)

"Conflicted voters.”

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 1:30 pm: Talbot Andrews (SBU)

Thursday, March 2, 2016 at 1:30 pm: Guest Speaker: TBA

Thursday, March 30, 2017  at 1:30 pm: Kevin Arceneaux (Temple University)

Thursday, April 13, 2016 at 1:30 pm: Guest Speaker: TBA

Thursday, April 27, 2017  at 1:30 pm: Danling Jiang (SBU)


Fall 2016, Previous Speakers:

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 1:30 pm: Scott Bokemper (SBU):

"Who needs help? Honest communication in a peer safety net for unemployment.”

Thursday, September 29, 2016  at 1:30 pm: Jillian Jordan (Yale):

 "You can trust me: How people use punishment and unconditional cooperation to signal their trustworthiness.” 

Abstract: How do people advertise that they will make trustworthy interaction partners, and what keeps their signals honest? In this talk, I will address this question by focusing on two case studies: third-party punishment and uncalculating cooperation. For both, I will present evidence from economic game experiments suggesting that one reason people engage in these potentially puzzling behaviors (i.e. punish selfish behavior even as unaffected observers, and decide whether to cooperate without carefully calculating the costs and benefits) is to advertise their trustworthiness to observers. Then, I will discuss game theory models that can provide ultimate level explanations for how these signals can remain honest and reliable, despite the temptation to cheat.

Thursday, October 13, 2016  at 1:30 pm: Alessandro Del Ponte (SBU)

"The orange game: A new economic game for studying spending and saving.” 

Thursday, October 27, 2016  at 1:30 pm: Kris-Stella Trump (U.S. Social and Behavioral Sciences Team)

Title TBA

Thursday, November 10, 2016  at 1:30 pm: Reuben Kline (SBU Political Science)

"Prosociality with real and hypothetical stakes.” 

Thursday, December 8, 2016  at 1:30 pm: Kelli L. Johnson (SBU Psychology)

"Probability 'Distortion' is Advantageous: An Agent-Based Model.” 


Spring 2016, Previous Speakers:

Feb 3, Peter Loewen (Toronto): "Confidence, Overconfidence and Risk Taking: Evidence from Experiments with Members of Parliament"

Feb 18, David Peterson (Iowa State): "Macrointerest"

March 2, Ethan Pew (SBU, Business): “The Begging Game: On the Power of the Ask in Charitable Exchange”

March 21, Kristin Kanthak (University of Pittsburgh): "Deconstructing the Ambition Gap: How Men and Women Approach Running for Office Differently"

April 13, Johanthan Schulz (Yale): "Cultural Origins of Cooperation"

May 18, Lu Dong (University of Nottingham): TBA


Fall 2015, Previous Speakers:

Sept 24, Greg Huber (Yale): "Disentangling the effects of legitimacy and deterrence on compliance: An experimental investigation"

Oct 8, Jason Jones (SBU, Sociology): "The Paradox of Weak Ties in 55 Countries"

Oct 22, Oleg Smirnov (SBU): "Meteorological drought, Climate change and the potential for human migration in the 21st century: An agent-based model"

Nov 5, Kai Ou (NYU): "Does Analytical Thinking Reduce Prosocial Behavior?"

Nov 19, Eric Dickson (NYU): "Learning About Legitimacy Using Laboratory Experiments"

Dec 3, Antonio Alonso Arechar (Yale): "Conducting interactive experiments online"


Spring 2015, Previous Speakers:

Feb 2, Reuben Kline (SBU): "Public Goods, Bargaining and the Behavioral Political Economy of Climate Change Mitigation"

Feb 24, Andy Delton (SBU): "Using political identification to understand evolved design in third-party punishment"

March 10, Chris Dawes (NYU): "The Dead Hand of the Past? Toward an Understanding of Constitutional Status Quo Bias"

April 7, Arnout van de Rijt (SBU, Sociology): "Cumulative advantage and inequality"

April 21: Samuele Centorrino (SBU, Economics): "Trust, smiles and cooperation"

May 5, Noah Smith (SBU, Business): "Do Survey Expectations Reflect Risk Aversion?"

May 12, Tim Ryan (UNC Chapel Hill)

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