Why are people so often overconfident? Peter Schwardmann finds that people tend to deceive themselves to better deceive others. We also like to believe what makes us happier – which may explain some of the success of fake news. This video was made during Peter’s research visit at briq in February 2018.
Jon de Quidt on how deliberately inducing an “experimenter demand effect” can help assess the robustness of behavioral measures and treatment effects in experimental work. This video was made during his research visit at briq in the summer of 2017.
Ran Spiegler explores what happens when people confuse the concepts of correlation and causation. In his research he aims at bringing behavioral economics and economic theory closer together. This video was made during his research visit at briq in the fall of 2017.
People sometimes harm themselves or others by making irrational decisions. But how much paternalism do we need and want? And how do policymakers or economists know what choices are best for us? These are some of the questions that motivate Sandro Ambuehl’s research. This video was made during his research visit at briq in the fall of 2017.
A puzzle in standard economics – why would the same worker be paid different wages depending on the firm he or she is employed by? Simon Jäger discusses his interest in the role that firms play in determining wages and shaping inequality. This video was made while Simon was a Postdoctoral Researcher at briq in the summer of 2017.
What kind of stories do we tell ourselves and others in order to explain or justify our actions? Roland Bénabou explores the role of narratives in moral behavior. This video was made during his research visit at briq in the summer of 2017.