Behavioral Sciences Workshop

The Behavioral Sciences Workshop is an interdisciplinary seminar series featuring speakers of broad appeal in the behavioral sciences.  The workshop is held jointly between the Yale departments of Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and the School of Management (SOM).  The workshop is cosponsored by the Center for the Study of American Politics (CSAP) and the School of Management’s International Center for Finance and Whitebox Advisors fund.  Lunch will be served.

This workshop meets on selected Tuesdays from 12:00-1:15 p.m. in Room A002 at ISPS, 77 Prospect Street and is open to Yale faculty, graduate students, professional students, and invited scholars from other academic institutions.  Please sign up using your institutional email address (for most that will be “”).


Faculty Organizers: James Choi at the Yale School of Management, Alan Gerber in Political Science, and Nick Barberis in Economics and the School of Management

Coordinator and Contact: Pamela Greene

2017-2018 Schedule

SEP 5 Charles Sprenger, Economics & Rady School of Management, UC San Diego
Procrastination in the Field: Evidence from Tax Filing
SEP 19 Christine L. Exley, Business Administration, Harvard Business School
“Equity Concerns are Narrowly Framed: Why Money Cannot Buy Time”
OCT 3 Philipp Strack, Economics: Economic Theory & Behavioral Economics, UC Berkeley
Unrealistic Expectations and Misguided Learning
OCT 17 Daniel Salzman, MD, PhD, Psychiatry & Neuroscience, Columbia University
“Neural Mechanisms for Representing and Updating Cognitive, Social, and Motivational Information in the Brain”
OCT 31 Jesse Shapiro, Economics, Brown University
Measuring Polarization in High-Dimensional Data: Method and Application to Congressional Speech
NOV 14 Stephan Meier, Business Management, Columbia Business School
“Intentions for Doing Good Matter for Doing Well: The (Negative) Value of Prosocial Incentives”
NOV 28 Jennifer S. Lerner, Public Policy & Management, Harvard Kennedy of Government
“Portrait of the Angry Decision Maker”
DEC 12 Michael Callen, Economics & Strategic Management, Rady School of Management, UCSD
Why Do Defaults Affect Behavior? Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan
JAN 23 Abigail Sussman, Marketing, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
“Does Knowing Your FICO Score Change Financial Behavior? Evidence from a Field Experiment with Student Loan Borrowers”
FEB 5 Ricardo Perez-Truglia, Economics, UCLA Anderson School of Management
“How Much Does Your Boss Make? The Incentive Effects of Inequality”
FEB 20 Craig Fox, Management, UCLA Anderson School of Management
“Two Dimensions of Subjective Uncertainty”
MAR 1 David Laibson, Economics, Harvard University
“Private Paternalism, the Commitment Puzzle, and Model-Free Equilibrium”
APR 3 Christopher J. Bryan, Political Psychology, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Sticking it to the man: Harnessing adolescent values to motivate healthier dietary choices
MAY 1 Frank Schilbach, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
“Technology Diffusion and Appropriate Use: Evidence from Western Kenya”