BEHAVIA and ASBAR form partnership

ASBAR & BEHAVIA Contract Signing 1

Big day for BEHAVIA: We have teamed up with the Asbar Center for Studies, Research & Communications to form a behavioral insights consultancy exclusively addressing the key priorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Working hand in hand to deliver the best results for our clients, we are very excited to now provide unique Saudi experience in public policy paired with Behavioral Economic Engineering made in Germany.

Some impressions taken during the official launch event…

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Top rank for BEHAVIA’s academic incubator

16th place among the best young universities worldwide and 2nd place in Germany

BEHAVIA‘s  academic incubator and alma mater Passau University has secured another top result in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) Ranking for 2019. Among the universities aged 50 or younger (‘Young University Ranking’) Passau came in 16th and in second place in Germany.

Find more information in the official press release.

Overcoming Behavioral Impediments to Honesty

For the 17th time, our affiliate Prof. Dr. Johann Graf Lambsdorff and his team are organizing the workshop “The Economics of Corruption”, at the University of Passau. This year’s workshop focusses on “Overcoming Behavioral Impediments to Honesty” and will be held from September 22-29, 2019.

The workshop provides graduate and PhD-students with experimental, behavioral and institutional tools for doing research on corruption and good governance. For further information and registration, please approach

Further reading on behavioral approaches to increase honesty and integrity:

  1. How income and tax rates provoke cheating – An experimental investigation of tax morale
  2. Preventing Corruption by Promoting Trust – Insights from Behavioral Science

Behavioral Labor Market Insights

Discrimination in the Labor Market

Our Managing Director, Dr. Manuel Schubert, will give a talk on Behavioral Labor Market Insights at Passau University on 17/06/2019. During his presentation, Manuel will propose concepts on how to measure the root causes behind the employer-employee mismatch, on how to identify the drivers of employability and entrepreneurship and discuss actionable, small-scale interventions to cope with behavioral barriers in the labor market. Continue reading “Behavioral Labor Market Insights”

Training weeks at BEHAVIA

Masterclass in Behavioral Public Policy, Saudi Arabia

Our directors Manuel and Julia just came back from a fantastic visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, giving a Masterclass in Behavioral Public Policy. This week, Manuel is catching up on “Behavioral Economics and the Seven Deadly Sins”. More to come in June, then focusing on moral decay, procrastination and behavioral labor market insights.

‘I’ve matched with this girl on Tinder, should I buy her a pony?’ On the economics of romantic gestures.

‘The very essence of romance is uncertainty.’ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Ernest

It is a common misconception that economists don’t have feelings. We do, just like normal people. But we do tend to struggle a bit when it comes to expressing those feelings, due to our natural pragmatism that has been enhanced by years of training. If you tell someone you really like that they are second best, an economist will understand this is a massive compliment: this person is the best you could ever hope to find in a real, imperfect world. However, someone less trained in distinguishing between feasible and non-feasible solutions may find this rather odd and offensive. Why wouldn’t you just tell them they are first best, or simply perfect?

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A purely rational view on how forced migration ‘should’ be managed

Let’s be honest. Why should we care about intangible global goods like climate change, international security or global market stability? Whatever we or our governments do, we will not be able to turn the world into a better place on our own. Of course, we would appreciate the provision of such goods; praise the one who would shoulder the burden. After all, we would acknowledge that global public goods are preconditions for economic prosperity and sustainability. But let us face the facts: we live in autonomous states with national interests and societies, not in a global village. And, even more important, none of us could ever be excluded from the gains arising from economic or social stability. So why should we agree to any of these global deals? There is nothing to win. Why should far-away Europe, for example, host Syrian refugees when Jordan or Lebanon are the natural candidates?

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