We are glad to announce that the 15th annual one day conference on Economics and Psychology will be held on Friday, December 16th, 2022 in person at the TU Dublin and online on Teams.

The purpose of the conference is to develop the links between Economics, Psychology, and cognate disciplines throughout Ireland. A special theme of these events is the implications of behavioural economics for public policy. To facilitate a large number of presentations and sufficient time for chats during the breaks, each presentation will be rather short.

A limited number of places will be available for in-person participation. We will also stream the presentations on Teams.

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For more information about last years’ conferences, click the following links: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017.

Preliminary Schedule

9:00 – 9:30   Welcome

09:30 – 09:45   Deirdre Robertson (ESRI) on “Perceptions of the Obesity Epidemic in 3 Countries”

09:45 – 10:00   Robert Murphy (Department of Health) on “A meta-analysis of influenza vaccination following correspondence: Considerations for COVID-19”

10:00 – 10:15   Olga Poluektova (ESRI) on “Testing a Behaviorally Informed Product Comparison Tool for Private Health Insurance(virtual)

10:15 – 10:30   Wooyun (Yuna) Yang (UCD) and Suhas Vijayakumar (UCD) on “How Mere Salience of Cryptocurrency Can Shape Risk Preference”

10:30 – 11:15   Coffee break

11:15 – 11:30   Féidhlim McGowan (ESRI) on “Who Switches and Why? A Diagnostic Survey of Retail Financial Services in Ireland”

11:30 – 11:45   John Ivory (Ofcom, UK) on “Online choice architecture and online safety”

11:45 – 12:00   Rawayda Abdou (TU Dublin) on “The Association between Mortgage Delinquency and Suicide in the US”

12:00 – 12:15   Danny Campbell (Stirling) on “A simple satisficing model” (virtual)

12:15 – 13:30   Lunch

13:30 – 13:45   Emma Howard (TU Dublin) on “Is it possible to have a vegetarian option? Exploring social support for meat reducers and abstainers”

13:45 – 14:00   Desmond O’Mahony (EPA) on “Climate Change’s Four Irelands – An Audience Segmentation Analysis”

14:00 – 14:15     Lucie Martin (UCD) on “Reducing sludge in public policy and organisations”

14:15 – 14:30   Leonhard Lades (UCD) on “Assessing administrative burdens as barriers to implementation of Ireland’s 2021 Climate Action Plan”

14:30 – 15:15   Coffee break

15:15 – 15:30   Michael Daly (Maynooth) on “Global trends in emotional distress, 2009-2021”

15:30 – 15:45   David DeFranza (UCD) on “How language perpetuates gender stereotypes and prejudices”

15:45 – 16:00   Diane Pelly (TCD) on “Nudging in the workplace: increasing participation in employee EDI wellness events”

16:00 – 16:45   Panel discussion on the use of behavioural insights in Government (John Ivory, Lucie Martin, Pete Lunn)

End of the academic part of the event

We are grateful to funding from TU Dublin and a Networking Grant from the Royal Society of Edinburgh to facilitate this event.

The conference is jointly organised by Emma Howard from TU Dublin, Leonhard Lades from the UCD Behavioural Science and Policy Group, Shane Timmons from the ESRI Behavioural Research Unit, and Liam Delaney from the Department for Psychological and Behavioural Science at LSE.

Please feel free to contact Emma Howard (emma.Howard@tudublin.ie) for inquiries related to the local organisation and Leonhard Lades (leonhard.lades@ucd.ie) if you have questions on the academic programme.