Behavioural Economics of Non-Market Interactions

Program Lead: Professor Benno Torgler   |   Deputy Program Lead: Dr Ho-Fai (Ben) Chan

This program will explore areas of inquiry including academia, sports, crime, sex, war, and politics, the understanding of which will benefit from a behavioural economics perspective. At the core of the program is the drive to find controlled settings to understand how humans behave and interact. The Behavioural Economics of Non-Market Interactions program will utilise laboratory, field, and natural experiments in a range of contexts.

  • Scientometrics: This sub-program examines the major driving forces of scientists’ careers, including key positive or negative events or changes, collaboration dynamics, creative development or innovative activities, and success (measured by number and quality of publications, citations, and patents).
  • Sportometrics: This sub-program examines a large number of rule changes as a natural experiment (as rule changes are often targeted at modifying behaviours occurring within games) as well as the entire career path of professionals including how they act and the decisions they make before and after becoming professionals.
  • Sociometrics: This sub-program takes advantage of the recent exponential growth in technological innovations including the production of an increasing array of wearable sensors that allow the mapping of the behaviours and interactions of large numbers of individuals in their natural everyday environments.
  • Cliometrics: This sub-program takes advantage of an increasingly richer set of data to explore many important motives such as national patriotism, political partisanship, religious faith, moral principle, love, hate, and survival. The core of the cliometrics sub-program is an investigation that goes beyond people’s daily interactions in families, neighbourhoods, or work groups.