Experiments in Economics, Experiments in Philosophy

A summer school organized by the University of the Basque Country and the Urrutia Elejalde Foundation with the colaboration CREO-CM ~ San Sebastián, July 27-29 (2011). Directors: Cristina Bicchieri (UPenn), Jason Dana (UPenn), María Jiménez-Buedo (UNED). Convenor: Alfonso Dubois (UPV/EHU)

Aims and scope

Since 1998 the Urrutia Elejalde Foundation has annually organized a Summer School on frontier topics between philosophy and economics and other social sciences, bringing together scholars from all these fields to explore them. The aim of this year Summer School is to explore the potential avenues for collaboration between the growing disciplines of experimental economics and experimental philosophy. Experimental economics has evolved into a thriving subfield, as attested by the number of experimental papers published in leading general economics journals. This growing enthusiasm for experiments in economics has coincided with the revival of philosophical and methodological analyses of causality, which view the controlled experiment as the privileged gate to causal inference. But more importantly, in the last years, a new field known as experimental philosophy has set out to complement or even substitute for pre-theoretical intuitions regarding philosophical themes such as moral dilemmas or rationality. At a moment in which experimental economics is already well-established and experimental philosophy is emerging, this meeting compares their main themes and results.

Preliminary schedule [PDF]

Plenary lectures

  • Nicholas BARDSLEY (University of Reading), Experimental economics, models and the world
  • Cristina BICCHIERI (UPenn), Experimental philosophy meets experimental economics
  • Giorgio CORICELLI (CNRS, Institut des Sciences Cognitives, Lyon), Emotion, cognition and the brain: the neural correlates of counterfactual emotions
  • Jason DANA (UPenn), Nosy preferences
  • Francesco GUALA (Univ. di Milano), Experimental versus conceptual analysis in economics and philosophy
  • Nagore IRIBERRI (U. Pompeu Fabra) Elicited beliefs and social information in modified dictator games: what do dictators believe other dictators do?
  • Joshua KNOBE (Yale University), Intention, cause, blame
  • Shaun Nichols (U. Arizona), Brute retributivism
  • Daniel ZIZZO (University of East Anglia), Objectives and confounds in economic experiments

Contributed papers

  • Andrighetto, Giulia (European University Institute), The Normative Power of Punishment
  • Brañas-Garza, Pablo (Universidad de Granada), Solidarity and information
  • Fernandez-Dols, Jose. (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid), Self-Interest and Normative Conflict: A New Look at Moral Hypocrisy
  • Cettolin, Elena (Maastricht University), Fairness and Uncertainty
  • Civai, Claudia (International School for Advanced Studies – Trieste), Self involvement and fairness concerns in the Ultimatum Game
  • Gallotti, Mattia (University of Exeter), Collective Intentionality in the Lab
  • Grieco, Daniela (Bocconi University), Ethnic heterogeneity, cooperation, and anti-social punishment
  • Gold, Natalie (University of Edinburgh), Judgments in Trolley Problems
  • Kurschilgen, Michael (Max Planck Institute), The Jurisdiction Of The Man Within: Intrinsic Norms in a Public Goods Experiment
  • Lopez, Raul (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid), Why do People Tell the Truth? Experimental Evidence for Pure Lie-Aversion
  • Miller, Luis (Oxford University), Inequality, distributive justice and the individual
  • Nagatsu, Michiru (University of Tartu), Experimental Philosophy of Economics
  • Olivola, Christopher (University College London), The Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) Dilemma: Medical Martyrdom Appeals To Moral Intuitions More Than Normative Cost- Benefit Analyses
  • Vallois, N. (Université Paris 1- Pantheon Sorbonne), Neuroeconomics Beyond Reductionism: Vernon Smith and the Social Brain topos
  • Zhou, Yan. (Kyoto Sangyo University), The Knobe Effect in Experimental Economics


Due to constraints of space, we will accept a limited number of attendants. Depending on the number, the Urrutia Elejalde Foundation may cover some costs. Applicants should register directly with the University of the Basque Country, visiting their website. Deadline: May 31st

Further information

Academic inquiries (not about registration) should be addressed to philandecon@gmail.com

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