Faculté de gouvernance
sciences économiques & sociales

Africa Institute for Research
in Economics and Social Sciences


Behavioral Economics and Risk Analysis

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Research in Behavioral Economics and Risk Analysis (BERA) unites local and international researchers who aim at empirically investigating economic behavior, be it at the individual or at the aggregate level, with an eye to the modern theoretical literature in Economics and Decision Theory. The research area BERA aspires at publishing empirical and theoretical research articles in internationally recognized journals in Economics and Management Sciences. In addition to understanding the determinants of economic behavior in general settings,  BERA also aims at investigating economic behavior under uncertainty and over time in developing countries with the objective to provide policy and decision makers with tools that help building consistent courses of action. Specifically, it focuses on four main activities:

  1. Testing and understanding economic and decision theory models in a way that will allow to increase their predictive power.
  2. Investigating the causal determinants of preferences / beliefs and their effect on economic behavior.
  3. Developing efficient empirical methods to inform and influence public policies in developing countries.
  4. Providing decision makers (in both private and public organizations) with advanced tools to structure, model and resolve complex decision problems. Data about economic behavior is collected by the means of laboratory experiments, field experiment, and survey studies.

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