President’s Report to the BOD IAAP
Actions and Strategic Plan for the Future of Division 9
By Christine Roland-Lévy
President of Division 9, Economic Psychology, IAAP
The links between Psychology and Economics are popular these days. Economists became aware of the rich possibilities of experimenting and of including psychological variables in their research. The Nobel Prize in Economics 2002 for the psychologist Daniel Kahneman is a good example of this interest and promising approach in Economic Psychology.
Present situation of Division 9, Economic Psychology, IAAP
Division 9, Economic Psychology, IAAP may be described with the following characteristics:
1 International Division with members coming from 24 countries, from 4 continents
2 Innovative: starting new research topics with potential applications
3 Co-operative: international research projects (household economic issues, euro, decision-making and retirement, economic socialization) and
4 Supportive with non-academics.
Actions applied for the Promotion of Division 9, Economic Psychology, IAAP
To promote Economic Psychology, Division 9 had various main goals for which it organized and participated in the following activities:
Membership of Division 9, IAAP:
In fact, even though, we have tried, Division 9 membership is not increasing as it should with the popularity of economic psychology.
is connected to the colloquia in the sense that participants to a colloquium
become members of IAAP for the next year after the colloquium, but not so many
renew their membership during the 4 years in between colloquia. For example,
before the Conference in
Why is Division 9 less successful than it should be? What Strategies can we develop now?
It could sure be better and more successful, especially with regard to the promotion of the field, in the coming years. The goal, which therefore remains, for the time being, is the acquisition and retention of members.
First of all, there are relatively few members of Division 9 that are members without participating to a colloquium. One solution might be to develop new “strategies” to renew membership; linked to this idea, we need to develop the incentives to become and to remain a member. Acquisition of members needs to be increased through various activities which remain to be found. In principle, more activities, and more participation at these activities, will increase membership.
Second, it seems that developing better communication among members of Division 9 is the next reachable idea. Regular email announcements of activities to a large group of previous members, actual members and potential new members would contribute to make IAAP more “visible” and to increase the participation to colloquia and workshops. Nevertheless, even in the regularly updated list of members, many of the emails addresses still need to be corrected by their owners. Another idea, which could also be very useful, could be the sharing of lists of potential members.
Third, Division 9 would also appreciate being able to create more links with the other Divisions of IAAP, especially Work and Organizational Psychology. For this, cooperation is needed among us all!
the location of the colloquia which is often “far away” as well as expensive,
is a problem for some members… But we really trust that the next one, in
Let us do it!
For information about the International Association for Research of Economic Psychology (IAREP), it was established in the mid-1970’s, as a professional scientific organization promoting the position of economic psychology. IAREP is an international organization of economic psychologists and behavioral economists who aim at promoting and discussing research as well as teaching on the interface of psychology and economics. It includes research on the behavior of economic actors (e. g., consumers and households, tax payers, investors, entrepreneurs, organizations, and government) including psychological and social variables as antecedents and consequents. It also includes research on consumers’ confidence and satisfaction (sentiment) in a society.
A summary of typical research topics in the Journal of Economic Psychology, is provided in a review by Kirchler & Hölzl (2003, Economic Psychology. International Review of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 18, 29-80).
One could also read Advances in Economic Psychology, by Antonides, van Raaij, &