Jean-Robert Tyran, University of Vienna

Can Democracy Ever Work? A Behavioral and Experimental Economics Perspective on Voting

This lecture explains how experimental economics can shed new light on the functioning of ”democracy”. I draw on examples from my own research to illustrate benefits and problems of making collective choices through voting. The lecture discusses the role of institutions and emphasizes the interplay of ”rational” and ”behavioral” factors.

 Jean-Robert Tyran is Vice-Rector for Research and International Affairs at the University of Vienna. In 2010, he was appointed  professor of public economics at the University of Vienna, where he also serve as dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics.

He is a research fellow at various institutions (CEPR, London; EPRU, U Copenhagen) and has held numerous visiting positions (Harvard Kennedy School, London School of Economics, among others). He is also part-time Professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Copenhagen.

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