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IAREP Workshop on: The economic psychology of giving, public goods and leadership

Organized by
The School of Economics of the University of Kent
with the support of
International Association for Research in Economic Psychology
British Academy

University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
13th-14th November 2009

About the Workshop

The objective of this workshop is to explore the reasons why people give (or do not give) of their time and money for the benefit of others. To question, for example, why people give to charity or contribute to the provision of public goods. We plan to have approximately 15 talks over two days including insights from economics, psychology and sociology. Speakers will include:


Anyone wishing to present at and/or attend the workshop should contact Edward Cartwright with an abstract or copy of the paper they would like to present.Submissions will be treated on a first come, first served basis, with a final cut off of the 20th September. Submissions from PhD or post-doctoral students are particularly encouraged and some travel bursaries are available. There is no fee to attend the workshop.

Workshop location

The workshop will take place at University of Kent in the city of Canterbury around 60 miles south east of London. Canterbury is a popular tourist destination and, hopefully, workshop participants will have time to tour the medieval city centre and visit the famous Cathedral. More information on accommodation and travel will be provided later.


Financial support for the workshop has been generously provided by the International Association for Research in Economic Psychology , and the British Academy (through a research grant on 'Anonymous free riding in collective action problems'). The workshop organizers are Edward Cartwright and Anna Stepanova. The workshop is also being supported by the University of Kent's Centre for Philanthropy, Humanitarianism and Social Justice.


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