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IAREP/SABE/ICABEEP Summer School 2010 for PhD students and young faculty members on experimental and behavioural economics and economic psychology will take place from August 22 to September 3, 2010 in Moscow, Russia.

The school is organized by Laboratory of experimental and behavioural economics of the Higher School of Economics (HSE Moscow, Russia). The School will be followed by an international mini-conference on Rationality, Behavior and Experiments to be held on the same premises on 1-3 September 2010, and integrated with the School programme.

Participants: 30 postgraduate (Ph.D) students and young faculty members (postdocs, lecturers, assistant professors) in Economics, Psychology and the related disciplines. Participants are selected from all over the world on a competitive basis through an open call. It is expected that up to 50% of the participants will represent developing countries, including Russia and other East European countries. Participants are not required to have a track record in the field of the School, but should be interested in working in this broadly defined area in the future. All students are required to stay for the entire duration of the School.

Working language: The only working language of the School is English.

School description: The general aims of the Summer School are

  • to introduce and involve the new generation of researchers in the field of behavioral economics and economic psychology;
  • to provide participants with an interdisciplinary and open-minded view of the study of economic behavior;
  • to facilitate better mutual understanding among young economists and psychologists;
  • to promote future interdisciplinary and international collaboration in the field.

The School programme will consist of general lectures (including open public ones) and group work in several thematic areas announced by the instructors. Each thematic area will be explored by a group of 2 instructors and about 10 students.

During the School, all participants are expected to set up and develop an original research project in small groups of 2-3 people, to conduct a pilot study, and to present the project design and results at a special seminar at the end of the School.

In addition, participants may submit their own completed research project to be presented at the School or a related international mini-conference on Rationality, Behavior, Experiments on 1-3 September 2010 (previous conference), which all School participants and instructors are expected to attend.

Location: The School will work in the main campus of the National Research University — Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia. The campus is conveniently located in downtown Moscow, about 30 minutes walk from the Kremlin, and close to most cultural attractions of the city. Teaching facilities, internet access, library recourses and experimental laboratory will be provided by the host university.

ICABEEP membership for students

The School participants are granted free membership in IAREP and SABE (which also makes them members of ICABEEP) for 2010. Notice that the registration fee of IAREP/SABE Conference 2010 in Cologne includes membership for 2011 (not for 2010), so the students are not exempt from paying the regular registration fee if they intend to attend this meeting.

Teaching staff

School instructors are economists and psychologists — leading researchers in the field of behavioral economics and economic psychology:

  • Hermann Brandstätter, (Psychology) Department of Social and Economic psychology, Johannes Kepler University (JKU), Linz, Austria (Honorary professor of the IAREP/SABE/ICABEEP Summer School 2010).
  • Werner Güth, (Economics) Director of Strategic Interaction Group at Max Planck Institute of Economics, Germany.
  • Stephen Lea, (Psychology) Head of School of Psychology, University of Exeter, United Kingdom.
  • Daniel Houser, (Economics) Director of Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science (ICES) at George Mason University, US.
  • Tadeusz Tyszka, (Psychology) Head of the Center for Economic Psychology and Decision Sciences in Leon Kozminski Academy of Entrepreneurship and Management, Poland.
  • Benedikt Herrmann (Economics), Research Fellow of the Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics (CeDEx), University of Nottingham, School of Economics, United Kingdom.

List of conference participants (September 1-3, 2010) will be available online at


Applicants are requested to submit an application electronically through the School website by completing an application form, and attaching

  • a copy of their current CV, indicating their academic background, list of publications and conference presentations;
  • completed paper or extended abstract (1 to 2 pages) of a current research project in the broad area of behavioural economics and economic psychology they are working on;
  • names and that contact details (email) of one academic referee (research advisor or university professor) who may be contacted by the Evaluation Committee;
  • Participants who would like to present their completed original research at the second international conference “Rationality, Behaviour and Experiments” on 1-3 September 2010 should also attach a copy of the relevant paper or an extended abstract (not less than 600 words).

Participants will be selected by Evaluation Committee set up by the ICABEEP and the School organizers.

Financial conditions

School registration fee is 400 € (to be paid by the accepted School participants). Participants will be provided with accommodation for the entire duration of the School, meals during the School working time (except for the weekend), welcome-party and farewell-party.
Participants are expected to cover their travel and visa expenses. Invitations and logistical support will be provided by the School organizers.

Important dates:

Deadline for applications submission — April 19, 2010.
Notification of acceptance — by April 30, 2010.

Arrival — August 22, 2010.
Departure — September 4, 2010.

Voluntary subjects

Individuals who would like to act as voluntary subjects of the experiments set up by the School participants are asked to register through the School website.


Updated information about the School, its programme, instructors and participants will be available at the School website.

Should you have any further question, please, do not hesitate to contact us.

Alexis Belianin (Economics)
Elena Tougareva (Psychology)