Regulation Research Conference 2023 Program

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Haus der Begegnung
Hinter d. Grieb 8, 93047 Regensburg

Conference date

December 4th-5th, 2023


Regulatory instruments aim to elicit a concrete response on the part of the regulatory addressees. This reaction regularly consists of a concrete action or omission. To obtain such a behavior, the law may use different regulatory instruments. Some seek to deter disapproved behavior (“stick”), others rely on rewards (“carrots”) to induce desired behavior. Law thus makes use of the insights of economics and social psychology to achieve the most precise control of behavior. But what happens when different people respond differently to such incentives? What frightens one person off leaves another cold. Do we need different regulatory instruments for different groups? Or do we need fully personalized law that provides for each person exactly the regulatory instruments that best govern them? Can AI be used to target individual people or would that be the end of government regulation?

December 4th

09:00 – 09:30

Welcome coffee and opening remarks

09:30 – 11:00

Session 1
Paper: Dorothee Mischkowski, Jasper Siol, Isabel Thielmann, Negotiation designs through the lens of situational affordances – A person-situation perspective on negotiation behavior in public good settings
Discussant: Alexander Hellgardt
Paper: Yoan Hermstrüwer, Mahdi Khesali, Doing It Right, Doing It Wrong: The Effect of Expressive Voting in Normative Conflicts
Discussant: Sergio Mittlaender

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00

Session 2
Paper: Pietro Battiston, Simona Gamba, Sharon G. Harrison, My Poor(er) Friend: Economic Segregation in Public Good Games
Discussant: Svenja Hippel
Paper: Giorgio Rampa, Margherita Saraceno, How hard it is scoring a bullseye: Public health policies and vaccination hesitancy in a heterogeneous population
Discussant: Theodore Alysandratos

13:00 – 14:00

Joint lunch break at Brauereigaststätte Kneitinger (Arnulfsplatz 3, 93047 Regensburg)

14:00 – 15:30

Keynote adress

Omri Ben-Shahar (University of Chicago)
Personalized law in a Heterogeneous Society

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 – 17:30

Session 3
Paper: Stefan Bauernschuster, Matthias Blum, Erik Hornung, Christoph Koenig, The Political Effects of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Weimar Germany
Discussant: Joanna Tyrowicz
Paper: Peter Lewisch, Incentives reconsidered: Scrutinizing behavioral stimuli in their role to guide & direct human behavior
Discussant: Margherita Saraceno

19:30 – …

Conference dinner at Restaurant Orphée (Untere Bachgasse 8, 93047 Regensburg)

December 5th

09:30 – 11:00

Session 4
Paper: Alisa Frey, Carina Fugger, Nicolas Fugger, Alexander Rasch, Occupational licensing and quality in a market for experience goods: Experimental evidence
Discussant: Dorothee Mischkowski
Paper: Theodore Alysandratos, Abigail Barr, Cormac Bryce, Thorsten Chmura, Liz David-
Barrett, Marcus Giamattei, The behavioural foundations of international anti-bribery law: Results from an incentivised, online, cross-country experiment
Discussant: Pietro Battiston

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00

Session 5
Paper: Svenja Hippel, Sven Hoeppner, Bertram Lomfeld, A laboratory experiment on fairness preferences for sharing losses in insolvency
Discussant: Karoline Ströhlein
Paper: Sergio Mittlaender, Normative Beliefs about contract enforcement
Discussant: Peter Lewisch

13:00 – 14:30

Joint lunch at Pizzeria Da Tino (Haidplatz. 4, 93047 Regensburg) and conference ending

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