On December 4th 2015, we will host a workshop on “The Behavioural Science of Self-Control: Integrating Economic and Psychological Perspectives”. The workshop is funded by the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
Self-control is an important human capacity that prevents people from acting on impulses. It has been identified as a key variable in both economics and psychology. This workshop aims to bring together researchers from both disciplines in order to discuss different perspectives on self-control, overcome artificial disciplinary boundaries, and integrate perspectives into a more coherent behavioural science of self-control.
|Figure 1: The Behavioural Science of Self-Control|
We would like to explore possibilities to combine theoretical and methodological approaches from economics and psychology in novel ways in order to generate new hypotheses, find new ways to test existing hypothesis, compare different theoretical and methodological approaches, figure out new ways to formalise self-control problems, and take the first step toward a behavioural science of self-control. Themes that might be discussed at the workshop include:
- Different measurements of self-control in economics and psychology.
- The roles of temptation and willpower in economics and psychology.
- Economic and psychological consequences of different degrees of self-control.
- The effectiveness of interventions to improve self-control.
- The mathematical formalisation of insights from self-control research.
Below are the speakers who have already agreed to participate including their tentative presentation titles: