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Below is a list of currently scheduled guest speakers and for our 2018 guest lecture series at the Center for Behavioral Political Economy. 

Unless listed otherwise, all events are held Tuesday afternoons at 3:30 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


Spring 2018, Guest Lecture Series:

 Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 3:30 pm: Alessandro Del Ponte Peter DeScioli (Stony Brook University, Political Science) 

Title: Pay Your Debts: Moral Dilemmas of International Debt Repayment

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 3:30 pm:  Talbot Andrews & Katherine Sawyer (Stony Brook University, Political Science)

Title: Rebel Recruitment and Retention in Civil Conflict

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 3:30 pm: Reuben Kline  & Yi-Ta Lu (Stony Brook University, Political Science)

Title: Distributional Preferences under Rank Reversal Aversion

Tuesday,  March 20, 2018 at 3:30 pm: Danling Jiang (Stony Brook University, College of Business)

Title: Weather, Institutional Investors, and Earnings News


Tuesday, April  17, 2018 at 3:30 pm: John Ryan and Talbot Andrews (Stony Brook University, Political Science)

Title: Amazon Mechanical Turk Workers Can Provide Consistent and Economically Meaningful Data

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 3:30 pm: Scott Bokemper (Yale University, CSAP/ISPS)

 Title: Experiments on the Political Economy of Disability Insurance


Fall 2017, Previous Speakers:

Friday, September 15, 2017   John Ryan & Talbot Andrews (Stony Brook University, Political Science)

Title: "Climate Change Mitigation Under Uncertainty"

Friday, September 29, 2017:  Alessandro Del Ponte & Peter DeScioli (Stony Brook University, Political Science)

Title: "Underspending After Downturns:

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

Friday, October 13, 2017:  Christian Luhmann (Stony Brook University, Psychology)

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

 Friday, October 27, 2017:  Benjamin CarterAlessandro Del PontePeter DeScioli (Stony Brook University, Political Science)

     Title: "Give Some to Get Some: Do Voters Understand Redistributive Taxes?"

Friday, November 10, 2017:  Andrea Robbett (Middlebury College, Economics)

Title: "Partisan Bias, Expressive Voting, and Shopping for Alternative Facts"

Friday, December 8, 2017   Andrew Delton (Stony Brook University, Political Science & College of Business)

                                    Title: "Moral Convictions and Political Bargaining"


Spring 2017, Previous Speakers:

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

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

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

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


Fall 2016, Previous Speakers:

Thursday, September 15, 2016Scott Bokemper (SBU):

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

Thursday, September 29, 2016 : Jillian Jordan (Yale):

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

Thursday, October 13, 2016 : Alessandro Del Ponte (SBU)

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

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

Thursday, November 10, 2016: Reuben Kline (SBU Political Science)

"Prosociality with real and hypothetical stakes.” 

Thursday, December 8, 2016: 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)


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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