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 Behavioral Science (PBS)

Please follow the link for Asynchronous Pre-Recorded Presentations

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

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