Behavior and Society Working Group


We explore the relationship between individual behavior and institutional and socio-economic structures. Join us to draw upon  psychology, sociology, neuroscience, and philosophy, as well as behavioral and experimental economics.

Daniel Fernando de Souza (University of Turin, Italy)
Arzu Shipstone (Prince Sultan University, UK)
Livia Jessica Dell’Anna (University of Salento, Italy)



Research themes

  • Behavioral Economics and Decision Theory
  • Emergence of social phenomena from individual thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  • Neuroeconomics & Cognitive Economics
  • AI, Digital technologies and societal impact
  • Behavioral Science from the Global South perspective
  • Agent-based modelling
  • Social norms
  • Behavioral Law and Economics
  • Quintuple Helix of Innovation
  • Social Interactions in the Knowledge Economy

Research Question 

  • How does human behavior differ from the rational agent in economics and what are the consequences for economic theorizing
  • How does the law influence and drive human behavior
  • Where do economic preferences come from, and what are they?
  • What role do narratives play in shaping economic decisions and behaviors?
  • How do policymakers, managers, and workers collaborate to generate innovations?
  • How can we incorporate the influence of power into economic analysis?
  • How do culture and economic decision-making interact
  • What are the societal and behavioral ramifications of AI?
  • How can we develop microfoundations that accurately represent the diversity among market agents?
  • How can policies be adapted to various cultural contexts effectively?

Other Projects Planned 

  • Congress on the Quintuple Helix of Innovation to be held in UniSalento, Puglia (IT)
  • Hosting webinars to present essays or personal research agendas.

Existing partnerships and cooperation 

  • Cognitive Economics Society
  • London Behavioral Economics Network
  • Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network


You’re welcome to join any webinar or reading group at any time. You’re also invited to apply to present or participate in an any in-person workshop in your area. 



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