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7th Summer School in Behavioral Economics and Experimental Research


September 4-7, 2019


Prof. Holger HERZ, University of Fribourg

Prof. Christian ZEHNDER, University of Lausanne


Prof. Loukas BALAFOUTAS, University of Innsbruck

Prof. Florian ENGLMAIER, LMU Munich

Prof. Christian THOENI, University of Lausanne



This year's summer school will be a bit shorter than previous versions, but not less interesting. Three highly interesting speakers will present exciting research. The summer school (Sept 4-6) will be combined with the workshop (Sept. 7) so that participants also have the chance to present their own research and to get useful feedback from experienced scholars and fellow students.


All three speakers are established experts on behavioral and experimental economics.

Christian Thoeni will focus on cross-cultural behavioral experiments. He will not only present fascinating empirical results, but he will also highlight solutions to some of the methodological challenges involved in cross-cultural studies.

The research of Loukas Balafoutas covers a wide-range of topics ranging from studies on credence goods, over corruption research, to empirical investigations of affirmative action policies in the labor market. Although his work also includes applied theory and laboratory experiments, his lecture in the summer school will concentrate on his recent work on field experiments.

Florian Englmaier's expertise is on the behavioral economics of organizations and behavioral contract theory. His lectures will cover an interesting set of methodologically diverse recent studies including intriguing recent field experiments with participants in escape rooms.



The summer school will take place in Kandersteg in the canton of Bern.

It will start on Wednesday evening (September 4) and will end on Friday evening (September 6). The summer school will be directly followed by the workshop on Saturday (September 7). There will be lectures on Thursday morning, Thursday afternoon, and Friday morning. Friday afternoon will be reserved for a social event that includes a short hiking tour, followed by a barbecue at a beautiful mountain lake. Please bring your hiking equipment with you (in particular, hiking or trekking shoes and a rain jacket). If you don't like hiking, there will be alternative options.

Before, between and after the lectures the lecturers and organizers will be available for personal meetings to discuss research.




Given the shorter duration of the summer school, there will be no group projects this time. However, participants who would like to take the school for credit will have the chance to work on a personal project after the summer school. The organizers will grade this project.



Participants will be hosted at:

Hôtel Alfa Soleil

CH- 3718 Kandersteg

Tel +41 (0) 33.675.84.85

Arrangements will be made by the program coordinator for all the participants.




For students of the CUSO universities (Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel, and Fribourg), IHEID and the University of Bern, the expenses for accommodation and meals are covered by the CUSO. Travel expenses will be reimbursed based on a second-class half-fare return Swiss rail ticket between the university to which the student is attached and the location of the activity (also valid for travel in a private car). 


Detailed information on the management directives can be found here


Participation fees (including room and meals) for PhD students affiliated with universities outside of the CUSO network are as follows:


Summer school and workshop: CHF 854 (Sept. 4-7)

Only summer school: CHF 576 (Sept. 4-6)

Only workshop: CHF 190 (Sept. 7); CHF 278 if arrival the night before


External participants also need to cover travel expenses themselves.




The summer school and workshop are open to all PhD students in economics, management, psychology and the neurosciences.

We encourage participants to subscribe to both events, because the timing foreseen in the program ensures a perfectly smooth transition from the summer school to the workshop. However, it is also possible to only participate in one of the two events.

Registration deadline: July 15, 2019



Deadline for registration 22.07.2019

Program coordinator:

Bénédicte Moreira:

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