The members of the Queensland Behavioural Economics (QuBE) group work on the latest developments in economic theory of behaviour, and design empirical studies using recent methodological advances in econometrics. The topics of research range from social and risk preferences to political and public economics.
The group aims to push the frontiers of theoretical, experimental and empirical research on economic behaviour, acknowledging that the behavioural sciences are undergoing a methodological unification across both social (economics, psychology, sociology) and natural sciences (neuroscience, endocrinology, genetics).
Research activities span from fundamental research to applications in areas such as policy design, health and education.
- Research leader
- Research team
- Professor Benno Torgler
- Emeritus Professor Ed Dawson
- Professor Lionel Page
- Dr Dipanwita Sarkar
- Dr Markus Schaffner
- Dr Tony Beatton
- Dr Sebastien Massoni
- Dr John Coates (University of Cambridge)
- Assoc Prof Jianpei Li (University of International Business and Economics, Beijing)
- Professor John Conley (Vanderbilt University)
- Professor Jonathan Feinstein (Yale University)
- Dr David Johnston (Monash University)
- Professor Rudolf Kerschbamer (University of Innsbruck)
- Professor Martin Kocher (University of Munich)
- Assoc Prof Yumei He (Southeast University - Nanjing)
- Organisational unit
- Lead unit QUT Business School 1st January 2000 1st January 2000
- Research areas
- QuBE, Queensland behavioural economics group, economic theory
Recent and upcoming workshops
- ANZWEE 2013 - Australia New Zealand Workshop in Experimental Economics, 1 - 3 August 2013
- OzPE - Australian Political Economy Workshop, October 2012
- Workshop in Behavioural Economics, February 2012
Recent and upcoming short courses
- Social preferences in game theory - Rudolf Kerschbamer (Innsbruck), February 2013
- Evolutionary Game theory - Friederike Mengel (Essex), November 2012
- Economics of Ambiguity - Jayant Ganguli (Essex), December 2012
- Econometrics for laboratory experiments - Peter Moffatt (East Anglia), August 2012
- Behavioural Public Choice - Rebecca Morton (NYU), June 2012
- Behavioural and Experimental Economics - Martin Kocher (Munich), March 2012
- Contract Theory - Jianpei Li (UIBE, Beijing), February 2012
- Evolution and foundation of economic preferences - Luis Rayo (Utah), November 2011
- Genetics and Human Decision Making - Richard Ebstein (NUS), November 2011
- School external seminar
- QuBE interdisciplinary seminars
- Postgrad reading group: frontier of research in behavioural sciences
- Brown bag seminars
The QuBE group offers an excellent environment for PhD research. Research students receive intensive support and training. Internal and external seminars and workshops, as well as a senior visitor program with a course component, provide an ongoing education to group members and interested scholars inside and outside of QUT.
Research students and research assistants
QuBE hosts nine PhD students from Australia, Germany and France who contribute to our research across a variety of topics:
- Labour economics
- Happiness and well being
- Behavioural game theory
- Risk preferences
- Experimental economics and trust
- Credence goods
- Political economy
- Social preferences
- Behaviour under extreme risk
- Education and inequalities
In addition, research assistants work within QuBE to provide data management support and assist with experimental laboratory research.
The QuBE group is connected with several other leading research centres in Europe and the USA. We encourage our PhD students to have international experiences in one or several of them. Recent exchanges involved QuBE students spending several months in Mannheim, Innsbruck and HEC Paris.
Postgraduate reading groups
- Postgrad reading group: frontier of research in behavioural sciences. Students are regularly invited to present and discuss recent and classical papers on behavioural economics.
- The Croissant Club is a discussion group on economic theory taking place every Friday morning, with a French culinary influence.
Members of the QuBE group have consistently published in leading economic journals and generated large research funding from public bodies to carry out fundamental as well as policy oriented research. In 2011 alone, the group received $1.5 million in funding from the ARC to carry out research in behavioural economics.
- Honesty and efficiency in the provision of expert services: doctors and other experts as participants in economic experiments
- Heart rate variability biofeedback coaching in reducing workplace stress: laboratory and field investigations
- The role of moral sentiments and emotions in human nature: an interdisciplinary empirical approach
- The behavioural birthdate effect: the impact of relative position within cohorts on risk aversion, self-confidence and aspiration levels
Publications and output
Ke, Changxia and Konrad, Kai A. and Morath, Florian, 2013. Brothers in arms - An experiment on the alliance puzzle, Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 77(1), pages 61-76.
Ouazad A, Page L, (2013) Students' Perceptions of Teacher Biases: Experimental Economics in Schools, Journal of Public Economics, forthcoming.
Jung Chul Park, Dipanwita Sarkar, Jayanta Sarkar and Keven Yost, (2013) Business in troubled waters: Does adverse attitude affect firm value? Journal of Corporate Finance.
Page L, Clemen RT, (2013) Do prediction markets produce well calibrated probability forecasts?, The Economic Journal, Volume 123, Issue 568, pages 491-513.
Frijters P, Beatton T, (2012) The mystery of the U-shaped relationship between happiness and age, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 82(2), p525-542.
Dulleck U, Kerschbamer R, Sutter M, (2011) The economics of credence goods: An experiment on the role of liability, verifiability, reputation and competition, The American Economic Review, p526-555.
Chanel O, Luchini S, Massoni S, Vergnaud JC, (2011) Impact of Information on Intentions to Vaccinate in a Potential Epidemic : Swine-origin Influenza A (H1N1), Social Science & Medicine, 72(2):142-148, 2011.
Frey BS, Savage D, Torgler B, (2010) Interaction of natural survival instincts and internalized social norms exploring the Titanic and Lusitania disasters, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, United States of America p4862-4865.
Page L, Page K, (2010) Last shall be first: A field study of biases in sequential performance evaluation on the Idol series, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, p186-198.
Maasoumi E, Millimet DL, Sarkar D, (2009) Who benefits from marriage?, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, p1-33.
Cummings R, Martinez-Vazquez J, McKee M, Torgler B, (2009) Tax morale affects tax compliance: evidence from surveys and an artefactual field experiment, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, p447-457.
Schaltegger CA, Torgler B, (2007) Government accountability and fiscal discipline: A panel analysis using Swiss data, Journal of Public Economics, p117-140.
Dulleck U, Kerschbamer R, (2006) On Doctors, Mechanics and Computer Specialists: The Economics of Credence Goods, Journal of Economic Literature, p5-42.
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We seek your involvement in economic experiments to test how people process information and make decisions as individuals and within groups. With this increased understanding, our research may help to shape public policies on important issues such as superannuation and insurance.
Queensland Behavioural Economics Group (QuBE)
- Phone: 3138 5293
- Int. phone: +61 7 3138 5293
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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