Outline of the School

Audience: Ph.D. students and young faculty members in Economics, Psychology, and related disciplines recruited worldwide through an open call for participation. 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 be well-familiar with the field of the school, but should be interested to working in that area in the future. All students are required to stay for the entire duration of the event.

Teaching staff: 4 international instructors representing both economics and psychology — leading researchers in the field of behavioral economics and economic psychology.

Working language: English


The School programme will consist of general lectures (including open public ones) and group work in several thematic areas determined by the interests and expertise of the instructors. The School work will be organized in two (broadly defined) parallel streams on

  • “Bounded rationality” (instructors: Stephen Lea, Daniel Hauser)
  • "Ethics and economics” (instructors: Tadeusz Tyszka, Benedikt Herrmann).

All school participants will be expected to prepare a workable research project in small groups with the assistance of school instructors.

General programme include

  • overview lectures, which cover contemporary theories and methods, current state and actual research directions, most debatable, controversial theories and hypotheses, specificity and mutual complementarity of psychological and economic approaches, experimental methods, data analysis;
  • guest lectures;
  • seminar-style presentations and discussions of participants’ research projects developed out of the summer school framework;
  • seminar-style presentations and discussions of participants’ research projects developed in the summer school framework (perhaps with results obtained in pilot studies conducted during summer school) during last two days;
  • participation in the 2nd mini-conference “Rationality, Behavior, Experiment”, September 1–3, 2010 (details about the previous conference are available online). We expect some of the invited speakers to participate in this mini-conference as presenters.

Group work:

  • introductory lectures on sub-topic;
  • development of own research project by small groups of students (2-3 persons), conducting pilot study, presentation of obtained results at final general seminars;

Cultural programme: welcome-party and farewell-party; other events.

The university will provide full teaching facilities, Internet access, library recourses, experimental laboratory, cultural programme to all the teachers and students at the school, and will make everything possible to make sure the school will be an enjoyable event to everybody who attends it.

Important dates

Dead-line for applications submission: April 19, 2010.
Notification of acceptance: April 30, 2010.

Arrival: August 22, 2010 (morning).
Departure: September 4, 2010