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Thursday, 15 November, 2018 | 17:00 | Economics Discovery Hub

Social Preferences and How to Measure Them Using Economic Experiments

Date: Thursday, 15 November 2018
Time: 17:00-20:00
Duration: 180 minutes
Course instructor: Jana Cahlíková

This workshop is part of the Experimental Economics series.

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In textbook economics people are often modeled as rational and self-interested agents (“homo economicus”). Behavioral economics, on the other hand, has largely focused on bounded rationality and social preferences, modeling and showing in experiments that people are altruistic, inequality-averse, have concerns for fairness, show reciprocity, envy and concerns for relative status.

In this workshop, Jana Cahlíková will introduce basic types of pro-social and anti-social preferences, with the focus on how to measure those using games and tools from experimental economics. You will try some of the experiments first-hand. The workshop will also cover experimental evidence regarding the development of social preferences with age and their variation across societies and Jana will talk about her research on how peers influence antisocial behavior.


  • Please bring your laptop or smartphone – we will try some of the experiments online

About the facilitator:

Jana Cahlíková
Jana Cahlíková has a PhD in Economics from CERGE-EI. Since 2015 she has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in Munich, Germany. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research lies in the field of behavioral and experimental economic, studying topics such as discrimination, inter-group conflict and behavior under stress. She has conducted a number of lab and lab-in-the-field experiments in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Uganda. You can visit her personal website at

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