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World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER)

September 01-02, 2011
UNU-WIDER Conference on Poverty and Behavioural Economics
Helsinki, Finland
The insights of behavioural economics have begun to be applied to development economics and in particular to the behaviour of poor households in poor economies. Does poverty promote departures from the standard text book model of rational choice? Do such departures in turn promote poverty and hold back development and growth? And what policy interventions are appropriate for growth and poverty reduction in such a world? The importance of these questions is self-evident. It is giving rise to a still small but growing and vibrant literature which incorporates field experiments, new theorizing, and new ways of interpreting econometric evidence. Given this background, UNU-WIDER will hold a major conference in Helsinki to take stock of current knowledge, to draw out the major policy implications, and to chart promising areas for research. The conference will be wide-ranging, focussing on poverty but with the perspective of development economics broadly construed. Papers will include contributions to theory, experimental methods, and econometric analysis. [gem?_?? den Informationen des Anbieters - according to site editor's information]
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