Colloquium: Joan Barceló – Washington University in St. Louis @ CESS Seminar Room
Nov 21 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Friends or Foes? The Role of Individual Information on Cooperation in Post-Conflict Societies

This project seeks to answer one of the central puzzles surrounding conflict: What are the consequences of conflict on people’s willingness to cooperate with others? Countries and organizations invest millions of dollars every year in development, the promotion of social institutions, and peace in communities affected by conflict. However, current theories and supporting evidence are either theoretically inconsistent or empirically mixed. The primary contribution of this project lies in resolving previous mixed findings and articulating a cohesive novel logic by which conflict-related violence influences prosocial motivations (e.g., altruism, social trust) in postconflict environments. Theoretically, I suggest that the lack of information about who their friends and foes in postconflict societies lead people to be wary about whom they can trust, which hampers social cooperation and resilience. Empirically, I will collect original survey data for a representative sample of respondents over 30 years old in Rwanda to: (1) collect self-reported victimization measures; (2) collect village-level measures of violence matched with migration history records and causally identified through a natural experiment using the local variation in the coverage of the genocide-inducing radio broadcasting; and, (3) embed a priming survey experiment. In addition, a conjoint experiment in the survey combined with behavioral experiments will allow me to identify my theoretical predictions vis-à-vis alternative theories. Findings will serve to better understand the sources of social cooperation, a crucial social conditions to ensure long-lasting peace, in postconflict societies.

Panel discussion: Experiments in South Asia and Africa @ Nuffield College - Clay Room
Nov 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:40 pm

Nuffield College is pleased to present a panel discussion on  experiments in South Asia and Africa.


Bogotá Experimental Economics Conference @ Universidad del Rosario
Jan 8 – Jan 13 all-day

Antigua is moving to Bogotá!

The experimental economics laboratory of Universidad del Rosario is pleased to announce a new edition of the Bogotá Experimental Economics Conference (formerly Antigua Experimental Economics Conference). The event will relocate to the historic district in the modern city of Bogotá, Colombia.

For more information about this conference visit its website:

Bogotá Experimental Economics Conference

WESSI Workshop at New York University Abu Dhabi @ New York University Abu Dhabi
Jan 17 – Jan 19 all-day

The Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University and the Social Science Experimental Laboratory (SSEL) at New York University Abu Dhabi are inviting social science PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior Assistant Professors in experimental social science to submit a paper/research design to the Winter Experimental Social Sciences Institute (WESSI) Workshop at New York University Abu Dhabi to be held January 17-19, 2018.

More info on WESSI Workshop.

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