JHU-LSE Online Conference

Special Online Conference on Experimental Insights from Behavioral Economics on Covid-19 

Friday 12th and Friday 19th February 2021

A joint event by the JHU Hopkins Business of Health Initiative (HBHI) and the LSE Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science (PBS)

Preliminary Program
Day 1 – Friday, February 12, 2021

Please CLICK HERE for the Day 1 Recording

9:00-10:10 EST / 14:00-15:10 GMT

Welcome: Organizers Matteo Galizzi (London School of Economics) and Mario Macis (Johns Hopkins University)

Cass Sunstein

Keynote #1: Cass Sunstein (Harvard University): The FEAST Framework for Behavioral Change

10:15-11:35 EST / 15:15-16:35 GMT
Contributed session #1:

Marta Serra-Garcia (UC San Diego) Defaults Increase COVID-19 Test and Prevention Demand, but not Vaccination Preferences
Andre Hofmeyr (University of Cape Town) Subjective beliefs and economic preferences during the COVID-19 pandemic
Gyula Seres (Humboldt University Berlin) Face Mask Use and Physical Distancing Before and After Mandatory Masking: Evidence From Public Waiting Lines
Rick Wilson (Rice University) Location, location, location: Boosting vaccine uptake in minority populations
Chair: Aditi Sen (Johns Hopkins University)

Sunita Sah

11:40-12:55 EST / 16:40-17:55 GMT
Panel session: Improving Pandemic Response with Experiments and Behavioral Economics
Panel Lead: Sunita Sah (Cornell University). Speakers: Alison Buttenheim (University of Pennsylvania) Johannes Haushofer (Stockholm University), Nicholas Papageorge (Johns Hopkins University), Wändi Bruine de Bruin (University of Southern California).

Day 2 – Friday, February 19, 2021

Please CLICK HERE for the Day 2 Recording

8:30-9:55 EST / 13:30-14:55 GMT
Contributed session #2:

Molly Crockett (Yale University): Moral dilemmas and trust in leaders during a global health crisis
Lorenz Goette (University of Bonn and National University of Singapore) Does information about local COVID-19 incidence increase the use of digital contact tracing apps?
Hannah Julienne (Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin) Behavioral pre-testing of COVID Tracker, Ireland’s contact-tracing app
Armando Meier (University of Lausanne) Anticipation of Covid-19 vaccine reduces social distancing
Chair: TBC

Katy Milkman

10:00-11:00 EST / 15:00-16:00 GMT
Keynote #2: Katy Milkman (University of Pennsylvania) Can Behaviorally-Informed Messages Help Encourage Vaccination?

11:05-12:05 EST / 16:05-17:05 GMT
Contributed session #3:

James Allen (University of Michigan) Accelerating Changes in Norms about Social Distancing to Combat COVID‐19 in Developing Countries
Sera Linardi (University of Pittsburgh) To Mask or Not to Mask: Salience of Risk and the Efficacy of Government Messaging
Sebastian Schneider (Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods) Nudging or Paying? A randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of measures to contain COVID-19 in rural Bangladesh
Chair: TBC

George Loewenstein

12:10-13:10 EST / 17:10-18:10 GMT
Keynote #3: George Loewenstein (Carnegie Mellon University) Covid-19 and Climate Change

Asynchronous Pre-Recorded Presentations

Below is a PRELIMINARY list of JHU-LSE “Conference on Experimental Insights from Behavioral Economics on Covid-19” asynchronous presenters. Click on the paper titles to view the 5-minute presentations. Clicking on the presenter’s name will take you to their webpage.

Martin Abel, Economics Department, Middlebury College. Socially optimal mistakes? Debiasing COVID-19 mortality risk perception and pro-social behaviours.

Abdelaziz Alsharawy, Virginia Tech. Fear of Covid-19 changes economic preferences: evidence from a repeated cross-sectional MTurk survey.

J. Jobu Babin, College of Business and Technology Western Illinois University. Shelter in Place Orders, Loneliness, and Cooperative Behavior

Vojtěch Bartoš, Department of Economics, University of Munich. Covid-19 Crisis and Hostility against Foreigners.

Francesco Bogliacino, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Restarting “normal” life after Covid-19 and the lockdown: Evidence from Spain, the United Kingdom, and Italy

Konstantin Bräuer, Department of Finance, Goethe-University Frankfurt. Inside the personality of retail investors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beatrice Braut, Collegio Carlo Alberto, University of Turin. Effects on personal protective behaviours adoption of messages about their purpose during COVID-19 pandemic.

Guglielmo Briscese, University of Chicago. Expectations, Reference Points, And Compliance with Covid-19 Social Distancing Measures

Victoria Fast and Daniel Schnurr, University of Passau, Research Group Data Policies. Incentivizing Data Donations and the Adoption of Contact-Tracing Apps – A Randomized Controlled Online Experiment on the German Corona-Warn-App.

Steffi Huber, Amsterdam School of Economics, University of Amsterdam. Zombies ahead: The Covid-19 consumption game-changer: Evidence from a large-scale multi-country survey.

Rafael Jimenez Duran, University of Chicago. Quantifying Repugnance to Price Gouging with An Incentivized Reporting Experiment.

David Jimenez-Gomez, Universidad de Alicante. “Behavioral Economics in the Epidemiology of the Covid-19 Pandemic: Theory and Simulations”.

Ruty Keinan, School of Economics and Management, Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffor. Compliance with COVID-19 prevention guidelines: Active vs. Passive risk takers.

Li King King, Shenzhen Audencia Business School, Shenzhen University. How Does the Covid-19 Outbreak Affect Macroeconomic Expectations?

Sabine Kröger, Université Laval, Laboratoire d’Économie Expérimentale. Subjective Health Risks and Compliance with Safety Guidelines during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Eyal Lahav, Management and Economics Department, The Open University of Israel. Is higher religious faith associated with higher acceptability of vaccination under Covid-19? Evidence from Israel and Japan.

Max Lobeck, Paris School of Economics. How laws affect the perception of norms: empirical evidence from the lockdown.

Johannes Lohse, Economics Department, University of Birmingham. Improving compliance with COVID-19 guidance: a workplace field experiment.

César Mantilla, Universidad del Rosario, Bogota’. Information and symptoms assessment in community pharmacies during the COVID-19 pandemic: an audit study in Colombia. Video here.

Francesca Marazzi, University Tor Vergata Rome. The effects of COVID-19 lockdown on fairness and cooperation: evidence from a lablike experiment.

Peter H Matthews, Middlebury College. The Partisan Pandemic: do we now live in alternative realities?

Georgia Michailidou, NYUAD. Gender and the allocation of medical resources during COVID-19

Sherry Ning, University of Toronto. Trait Extraversion Mediates Optimism Bias in Attitudes Towards COVID-19 Risks in Young Adults

Regine Oexl, University of Innsbruck. How much does the environment affect individual decision making? The effect of economic distress on discriminatory behavior.

Elif Bike Osun, University of Maryland. Economic preferences during a pandemic.

Noemi Pace, University of Teramo. The effect of social distancing on trust, trustworthiness and solidarity.

Filippo Pavesi, Università Carlo Cattaneo (LIUC). Narratives on COVID-19 and Policy Opinions: A Survey Experiment

Mark Pickup, Simon Fraser University. Ambiguous COVID-19 messaging increases unsafe socializing intentions.

Ori Plonsky, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Underweighting of rare events in social interactions and its implications to the design of public policies addressing pandemics.

Laura Razzolini, University of Alabama. Not all stressors are created equal: evidence on the effect of traffic congestion and Covid-19 on charitable giving.

Crystal Reeck, Temple University. Choice architecture facilitates adoption of COVID-19 digital contact tracing.

Thomas Robinson, Durham University. Who should be first in line for the COVID-19 vaccine? Surveys in 13 countries of the public’s preferences for prioritization.

Yefim Roth, University of Haifa. On the value of alert systems and gentle rule enforcement in addressing pandemics.

Erin Rodenburg, Department of Population Medicine, University of Guelph. Choice Under Uncertainty: Analysis of a binary choice experiment in the context of COVID-19.

Jet Sanders, London School of Economics. Public discourse of behavioural science over the lockdown

Florian Schneider, University of Zurich. Prosociality predicts health behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shosh Shahrabani, The Max Stern Yezreel Valley College,Israel. Emotions, Risk Perceptions, and Decision-Making during the COVID-19 Crisis: A Field Study among Healthcare Workers in Israel.

Ganga Shreedhar, LSE. Linking human destruction of nature to COVID-19 increases support for climate policy. Volunteering and wellbeing during crisis: evidence from NHS volunteers to address COVID-19.

Anirudh Tagat, Economics Department, Monk Prayogshala. No going back: COVID-19 disease threat perceptions and migrants’ willingness to work in India.

Mirco Tonin, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. National or Local? The Demand for News in Italy during COVID-19.

Jean-Christophe Vergnaud, CNRS – Université Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne. Metacognitive abilities and attitude toward COVID-19.

Matthew Walker, Durham University Business School. How the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic impacted pro-social behaviour and economic preferences: Experimental evidence from China.

Nina Weber, King’s College London. Towards a pro-social VSL: how social preferences affect the health-wealth calculus when evaluating COVID-19 policy interventions.

Marc Willinger, University of Montpellier. Determinants of compliance to anti-COVID-19 prophylactic measures: elicited preferences versus stated preferences.

Lian Xue, School of Economics and Management in Wuhan University. Medical Occupation Preference under the Influence of the COVID-19 Epidemic: Evidence from post-lockdown Wuhan.

Jubo Yan, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Does information reduce COVID-19 related stigmatization?

Xiao Yu, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Risk information, deliberation and social distancing behaviour during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sarah Zaccagni, University of Copenhagen. Promoting social distancing in a pandemic: beyond the good intentions.

Xiaoyu Zeng, Social and Affective NeuroPharmacology (SANP) Lab State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, Beijing Normal University. Affective and cognitive consequences of receiving COVID-19 information are associated with personal preventive behavior and regional severity of COVID-19 in China.

Matteo Galizzi (London School of Economics)
Mario Macis (Johns Hopkins University)

Scientific Committee:
Robert Bohm (University of Copenhagen), Katharina Hauck (Imperial College London), Johannes Haushofer (Princeton), Marisa Miraldo (Imperial College London), Jet Sanders (LSE), Aditi Sen (Johns Hopkins University), Erik Wengström (Lund University), Daniel Wiesen (University of Cologne).

With the support of the JHU HBHI and LSE PBS leadership: Professors Liam Delaney (Head of Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, London School of Economics) and Dan Polsky (Director of the Hopkins Business of Health Initiative, Johns Hopkins University).

Also with the Support of: