Santiago, 13-14 December

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Facultad de Administración y Economía (FAE)

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The Santiago Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS), Universidad de Santiago de Chile, together with CESS Nuffield College, University of Oxford are pleased to announce the Second Latin-American Workshop on Experimental and Behavioural Social Sciences (LAWEBESS) at Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Santiago, on December 13-14, 2018.

The first LAWEBESS was implemented at Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, in 2017 and it is the organizing committee’s objective to transform this workshop into an annual event with which to bring together researchers in all areas of the social sciences who are interested in experimental methods. We believe that behavioural research is increasingly informed by a very diverse range of research traditions. Hence, we are particularly interested in the participation of all social science disciplines with an interest in experimental and behavioural research, including anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology.


» The Conference will be a two-day event with various papers presented. We will also have a poster session for graduate students. All presentations and posters need to be in English.

» The application deadline was August 20, 2018.

» Registration fee until September 30, 2018: US$ 70 for students and US$ 250 for non-students.

There will be 8 scholarships available to cover early student registration fees. Priority will be given to PhD and Masters students.

» Registration fee starting October 1, 2018: US$ 100 for students and US$ 350 for non-students.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If you must cancel your conference registration, please notify us as soon as possible at lawebess@cess.cl. Cancellations notified before October 31, 2018, are entitled to a full refund minus a U$D 35 processing fee. Cancellations notified from November 1-18, 2018, are entitled to a 50-percent refund minus a U$D 35 processing fee. Cancellations notified after November 19, 2018, as well as failure to attend, are not entitled to any refund.

» Conference participants are responsible for their own accommodation in Santiago. We will announce preferential rates with the hotels in the coming months.

» For more information email us at lawebess@cess.cl.

Organizing Comittee

Raymond Duch

Raymond Duch is an Official Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and the Director of the Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS), which currently has centres in Oxford, Santiago (Chile) and Pune (India). Prior to assuming these positions he was the Senator Don Henderson Scholar in Political Science at the University of Houston. He is currently the Long Term Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Toulouse School of Economics, a Director of the European Political Science Association, and Vice-President of the Midwest Political Science Association. He is a member of the UK Cabinet Office Cross-Whitehall Trial Advice Panel to offer Whitehall departments technical support in designing and implementing controlled experiments to assess policy effectiveness.

Professor Duch’s research focuses on responsibility attribution, incorporating elements of theory, experiments and analysis of public opinion. In 2008 he published an award-winning book, The Economic Vote, that demonstrates that citizens hold political parties accountable for economic outcomes. His experiments have identified the information shortcuts that individuals deploy for responsibility attribution. More recently, Professor Duch has conducted experimental research into cheating, exploring its implications for tax compliance, corruption and economic performance. Professor Duch has conducted lab, field and online experiments throughout the world He lectures and also publishes on experimental methods. His research appears in the leading political science and economic journals. He is the founder of Behavioural Analytics that advises public and private clients.


Enrique Fatás

Enrique Fatás is currently at Loughborough University and Universidad del Rosario. Before that, Enrique was the Head of School and a full-time professor at the School of Economics at the University of East Anglia. He is also co-Investigator of the ESRC Network for Integrated Behavioral Science and the National Science Foundation Collaborative Research NSCC/SA project Behavioural Insights into National Security Issues. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Competition Policy and at the Center for Behavioral and Experimental Social Science.

Professor Fatás’ research areas are behavioural economics, public economics, organizational behaviour, industrial organization and the economics of conflict. He has published his work in several journals in Economics and other disciplines (including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Management Science, or Psychological Science).


Denise Laroze

Denise Laroze is a Political Scientist and postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Experimental Social Science (CESS) University of Santiago, Chile, with a PhD in Government from the University of Essex. Her academic interests include experimental research and human behavior. She addresses these issues from a broad methodological perspective including advanced econometrics, lab and online experiments. Denise has carried out research on the entry of new political parties in Latin America and Europe and the formation of coalitions.

She is currently working on two lines of research: the first is the identification of patterns that explain lying behavior in different cultures and across genders; the second is the impact of financial (il)literacy on pension decisions.

Invited Speakers

Guy Grossman

Associate Professor at the political science department at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests fall under the broad category of applied political economy, with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and Israel-Palestine. In his work, he uses a host of causal inference tools as well as text and social network analysis to address substantive questions regarding political behavior, political accountability, public service delivery and conflict processes.

Before coming to Penn, Professor Grossman was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University and a Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Development Strategies at Columbia University.


Erin Krupka

Erin Krupka, Associate Professor of Information, School of Information, University of Michigan. Erin is an experimental behavioral economist, with an MPA from University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.

Her work contributes to the literature that models the sway of non-wealth factors on choice. Her work is relevant to the incentive-centered design of information systems pioneered at the School of Information. Her research interests are in the areas of behavioural and experimental economics, and she is particularly interested in topics such a social norm emergence, compliance, transmission and maintenance.


David Rand

David Rand is an Associate Professor of Management Science and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, and the director of the Human Cooperation Laboratory and the Applied Cooperation Team, that partners with organizations outside the academy to run field experiments. His research combines a range of theoretical and experimental methods in an effort to explain the high levels of cooperation that typify human societies, and to uncover ways to promote cooperation in situations where it is lacking.

David received his B.A. in Computational Biology from Cornell University in 2004 and his Ph.D. in Systems Biology from Harvard University in 2009, was a post-doctoral researcher in Harvard University’s Department of Psychology from 2009 to 2013, and was an Assistant and then Associate Professor of Psychology, Economics, and Management at Yale University prior to joining the faculty at MIT.

David's work has been published in journals including Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Psychological Science, the American Economic Review, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, and Management Science, and has received widespread attention from a range of media outlets, including NPR, the BBC, The Economist, Scientific American, Wired, New Scientist, London’s Daily Telegraph, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Discover, Financial Times, and the Los Angeles Times.