ESA-announce Workshop on Economic Governance and Social Preferences
Call for Papers:
The Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) organizes a two-day Workshop on “Economic Governance and Social Preferences” at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, on September 3 and 4, 2015.
- Roland Bénabou (Princeton University)
- Simon Gächter (University of Nottingham)
- Avner Greif (Stanford University)
- Mark Ramseyer (Harvard University)
Research into social dilemmas is a cornerstone in the social sciences. The defining characteristic of such dilemmas is that mutual cooperation among the actors involved is efficient but that, unless adequate institutions are in place or actors have social preferences, deviating from cooperation is rational from the individual viewpoint. As a consequence of this incentive to free-ride, transactions are not undertaken and economies grow by less than their full potential.
Ultimately, the functioning and efficacy of diverse institutions crucially depends on how the institutions affect actors’ behavior. Therefore, when studying institutions, it is important to be aware of the preferences of the actors. By now, it is well-accepted and convincingly shown in numerous laboratory experiments and empirical studies that at least some individuals are to at least some extent concerned about fairness, and that intrinsic motivation, empathy, but also spite are important drivers of behavior.
We strive to stimulate the debate about the role of (pro- and anti-)social preferences for the design of optimal institutions, both formal and informal, as solution mechanisms for economic governance problems. We aim to assemble scholars from several disciplines studying economic governance institutions with particular regard to the impact of the type of preferences held by the involved parties. Ideally, discussions at this gathering do not only evolve around positive questions but also touch on the normative implications of the results presented: what lessons can policy makers, regulators, organizers of private ordering institutions, and other market designers learn for optimal institutional design under specific economic, social, and political circumstances?
The submission deadline for papers is April 12th, 2015. More details are available in the attached PDF and at the website: www.tilburguniversity.edu/tilec/governance.