IESc Seminar Series: Experimental and behavioral economics should be up to the ecological challenges of today - Prof. Juan Camilo Cárdenas

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Institute of Environmental Sciences Seminar Series

“Experimental and behavioral economics should be up to the ecological challenges of today”

By Prof. Juan Camilo Cárdenas

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia & University of Massachusetts Amherst


We cordially invite you to the online seminar “Experimental and behavioral economics should be up to the ecological challenges of today” by Prof. Juan Camilo Cárdenas, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia & University of Massachusetts Amherst.

When: 21 November, Monday, 17:00-18:00

Where: We will be sharing the Zoom link with the registrants a few days before the seminar via email. Please do not forget to register using the below link.

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AbstractIf humans have evolved -as proved by a vast wealth of multi disciplinary research- the capacity to cooperate and to take action in favor of the environment, why are we still seeing patterns of environmental degradation that threaten the very existence of humans on earth? The behavioral revolution had a major impact in the economics discipline and the understanding of environmental challenges is no exception. Major applications of behavioral insights have contributed to understand how humans respond to ecological challenges but also how they create them. Loss aversion, present bias, prosocial preferences, reciprocity and cooperation are examples of applications of behavioral insights that have revolutionized how economics addresses environmental problems. This talk will discuss a few gaps and paradoxes regarding our understanding of human behavior and the environment, and will highlight some of the current debates in behavioral sciences and how we can contribute in developing better theories, insights and policy recommendations.


About Juan Camilo Cárdenas:

Cárdenas, Juan Camilo | Profesor Titular

Juan Camilo Cárdenas is Professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and on leave from the Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia. He holds a PhD in Environmental and Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. ;

His research interests include the analysis and design of institutions that promote cooperation among individuals and the solution of social dilemmas in the most fair, efficient, equitable, democratic and sustainable manners possible. His research involves the use of tools from behavioral and experimental economics, field experiments and participatory tools. 

His research has been published in various journals such as Science, Global Environmental Change, Ambio, Nature Comm, Nature Sust, PNAS, J. Development Economics, World Development, Ecological Economics, Land Economics, Agricultural Systems, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, J. of Economic Behavior and Organization, and Ecology and Society. He has been visiting fellow at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis (Indiana University) under the mentorship of Elinor Ostrom, and at the Universities of Massachusetts Amherst, Harvard, and the Santa Fe Institute.