The Institute held a two day Workshop on Economics for the Social Good on 4th and 5th July. We are grateful to the Royal Economic Society for part funding the workshop.

The workshop highlighted some of the positive things that economics can contribute to society with talks on, among other things, charitable giving, well-being and sustainable growth. We welcomed a great line of speakers who helped contribute to a really enjoyable couple of days. Thanks also to the City Rooms for hosting us for the Workshop dinner.

The list of talks included: 

Session 1

Maria Montero (University of Nottingham) ‘Naivety about Hidden Information: An Experimental Investigation’         

Michalis Drouvelis (University of Birmingham) ‘Shifting the blame: does closeness matter?   

Session 2

Matthew Robson (University of York) ‘Estimating and Decomposing Conditional Average Treatment Effects: The Smoking Ban in England’                       

Marina Ferent-Pipas (Babes-Bolyai University) ‘Self-reported work-life balance of European employees and the role of state institutions’  

Helen Solomon (University of Westminster) ‘Social media advertising in the fashion industry’

Alexandra-Anca Purcel (University of Clermont Auvergne) ‘Developing States and the Green Challenge. A Dynamic Approach’

Swati Virmani (De Montfort University) ‘Returns to education in private and public schools’.

Shree Priya Singh (Hindu University Varanasi) ‘Education Cost in India: Decomposing the Gender Inequality in Education Expenditure’

Session 3

Claudia Keser (University of Gottingen) ‘Charitable giving: framing and the role of information’

David Reinstein (University of Exeter) ‘Substitution Among Charitable Contributions: Convergent Lab and Field Evidence’

Sarah Smith (University of Bristol) ‘Fundraising targets and gender effects’

Session 4

Johannes Lohse (University of Birmingham) ‘Social Identity and the Demand for “Fake News”’

Alessandro Tavoni (University of Bologna) ‘Delegation and Public Pressure in a Threshold Public Goods Game’

Paul Frijters (London School of Economics) ‘Wellbeing economics and policy’

Session 5

Zaki Wahhaj (University of Kent) ‘Child Marriage Law, Gender Norms and Marriage Customs’

Michele Belot (European University & University of Edinburgh) ‘The Formation and Malleability of Dietary Habits: A Field Experiment with Low Income Families’

Craig Gundersen (University of Illinois) ‘The Right to Food in the U.S.: The Role of SNAP’

Session 6

Bernardo Pincheira Sarimento (Uniersity of Nottingham) ‘Peer Effects in the Classroom: Evidence from a Natural Experiment’ 

Esh Trushin (De Montfort University) ‘New R&D prize platform for neglected diseases’.

Hongcen Wei (University of Chicago) ‘Financial Frictions and Labour Market Dynamics’

Tuan Luong (De Montfort University) ‘A simple theory of the network of suppliers’

Session 7

Abay Mulatu, (University of Coventry) ‘Environmental Policy and Industry Location’

Federica Alberti (University of Portsmouth) ‘Coordination rules and fairness rules in social dilemmas’.