Medieval universities and market expansion with Noam Yuchtman

In this episode, we talk with Noam Yuchtman from the London School of Economics about his paper “Medieval Universities, Legal Institutions, and the Commercial Revolution,” which he published in 2014 with Davide Cantoni. Using data from medieval Germany, this paper examines the causal link between the emergence of universities, including the legal training they provided, and Europe’s Commercial Revolution.

Testing Bayesian Updating with Ned Augenblick

In this episode, we talk with Ned Augenblick from the University of Berkeley Haas School of Business about his paper with Matthew Rabin entitled “Belief Movement, Uncertainty Reduction, & Rational Updating”. This paper analyzes the relationship between (i) the movement in the beliefs of a Bayesian updater when new information arrives, and (ii) the associated reduction in his uncertainty. This relationship is used to develop statistical tests of rational updating that are then applied to datasets of beliefs.

Identifying Social Norms with Roberto Weber

In this episode, we talk with Roberto Weber from the University of Zurich about his paper “Identifying social norms using coordination games: why does dictator game sharing vary?,” which he published in 2013 with Erin Krupka. In this paper, Roberto and Erin introduce a new procedure for eliciting social norms, which they use to understand giving behaviour in one of the most studied experimental games, the dictator game.

Fairness across the World with Bertil Tungodden

In this episode, we talk with Bertil Tungodden from the Norwegian School of Economics about his project entitled “Fairness across the world” in which he and his collaborators elicited the fairness preferences of  65,000 individuals from 60 different countries. As of the recording of this episode, no paper from the project is available yet. However, the results of a pilot study comparing just Norway and the US were published as a separate paper: Cutthroat Capitalism versus Cuddly Socialism: Are Americans More Meritocratic and Efficiency-Seeking than Scandinavians?

Misperceived Social Norms with Leonardo Bursztyn

In this episode, we talk with Leonardo Bursztyn from the University of Chicago about his paper “Misperceived Social Norms: Female Labor Force Participation in Saudi Arabia,” which he co-authored with Alessandra L. Gonzalez and David Yanagizawa-Drott. In this paper, the authors examine whether one driver of low female labour force participation in Saudi Arabia is that male guardians incorrectly believe that other men disapprove of female labour force participation.

Sleep Quality and Productivity with Heather Schofield

In this episode, we talk with Heather Schofield from the University of Pennsylvania about her paper “Sleepless in Chennai: The Economic and Health Effects of Reducing Sleep Deprivation Among the Urban Poor”. In this paper, Heather and her co-authors Pedro Bessone, Gautam Rao, Frank Schilbach and Mattie Toma examine the impact of interventions that aim to improve sleep quality on the productivity of low income workers from Chennai, India.

Protests as Strategic Games with Noam Yuchtman

In this episode, we talk with Noam Yuchtman from the London School of Economics about his paper “Protests as strategic games: experimental evidence from Hong Kong’s antiauthoritarian movement”. In this paper, Noam and his co-authors Davide Cantoni, David Y Yang and Y Jane Zhang examine how protesters in Hong Kong respond to information about the participation of other protesters.