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In this newsletter we would like to draw your attention to the upcoming Conference on Economic Psychology in Poland and the Special Issues of the Journal of Economic Psychology.

Conference on Economic Psychological Topics:

The 2012 Annual Colloquium of International Association for Research in Economic Psychology – a meeting point for all researchers interested in studying psychological aspects of economic behavior – will be held in Wroclaw (Poland) at the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities from September 05 to September 08. The conference will include the Kahneman lecture, and we are glad to announce that Kathleen Vohs, Associate Professor of Marketing at University of Minnesota, will deliver it. Other invited speakers are: Helga Dittmar (University of Sussex, United Kingdom), Stephen Lea (University of Exeter, United Kingdom), and Boguslaw Pawlowski (University of Wroclaw, Poland).

Single papers, symposia, and posters concerning different topics from economic psychology, behavioral economics, experimental economics, neuroeconomics, and behavioral game theory can be submitted till the end of March. Abstracts must be submitted through the conference website (http://www.iarep2012.org).

The Journal of Economic Psychology:

Economic psychology as a discipline studies the psychological mechanisms that underlie economic behaviour in general and money management, expenditures, saving, credit use, provision of labour, etc. in particular. It deals with preferences, choices, decisions, and factors influencing these, as well as the consequences of decisions and choices with respect to the satisfaction of needs. This includes the impact of external economic phenomena upon human behavior and well-being. The Journal of Economic Psychology is the perfect outlet to present research to a broad interested audience. It aims to present research that will improve understanding of behavioral, especially socio-psychological, aspects of economic phenomena and processes. The impact factor of the journal has risen to 1.358, and the 5-year impact factor to 1.749. The homepage of the journal is: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-economic-psychology/.

In 2011 two special issues were published in the Journal of Economic Psychology: „The Psychology and Behavioral Economics of Poverty” and „Financial Capability”. The new special issue that has already been published in April 2012 is „Personality and Entrepreneurship”. It includes eight papers that discuss such topics as: entrepreneurial personality, self-employment, risk aversion, entrepreneurial intent, trust, and role models and are an excellent example of applying theory of psychology to interpret and understand people’s behavior in business.

Forthcoming special issues are on tax behaviour, and on self regulation. While call for papers for these two special issues are already closed, the call for the third special issue is still open:

From Dual Processes to Multiple Selves: Implications for Economic Behavior

By Fritz Strack, Universität Würzburg and Carlos Alós-Ferrer, University of Konstanz. The guest editors advertise the special issue as follows:

Research on the codetermination of behavior by multiple processes or motives has received increasing attention in both economics and psychology in recent years, motivating both experimental and theoretical research. In psychology, dual-process and dual-system models have been formulated that specify how different underlying mechanisms influence the behavior of human decision makers. These models go beyond rational accounts of human behavior and explicitly include heuristics and emotions as determinants.

While dual-process accounts have long played an important role in psychology, it is more recently that they have been adopted in economic theorizing. In a first approximation, and especially in the realm of intertemporal decision making, economists have modeled multiple motives as the result of the interaction of multiple selves within a game-theoretic framework, whose equilibria are taken to capture not only the ultimate behavior of the decision maker but also the factors influencing the balance between different motives.

Both multiple-selves models and general dual-process accounts of human behavior have the potential of explicitly integrating anomalies and deviations from the rational paradigm. Thus, it seems timely to invite researchers from both disciplines to disseminate their thoughts and findings in a Special Issue of the Journal of Economic Psychology that is exclusively devoted to the potential contribution of dual-process and multiple-selves models to a better understanding of economic phenomena.

Both experimental and theoretical contributions are welcome. …

Submission: Manuscripts should be prepared according to the guidelines outlined on the website of the Journal of Economic Psychology (http://ees.elsevier.com/joep/). Manuscripts should be submitted by April 31, 2012 through that website. Authors should select "Special Issue Dual-Process Models" as article type, and also indicate in the cover letter that the manuscript should be considered for this special issue.

Erich Kirchler and Tomasz Zaleskiewicz



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