Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 - The University of Adelaide

A free public lecture at the University of Adelaide will explore people’s willingness and ability to cooperate from a behavioural economist’s perspective. Answering questions like: why are share houses almost always dirty? And why is there so little fraud on eBay?

From the group perspective, if everybody pitches in we’re all better off, but for the individual, pitching in detracts from pursuing their own self-interest. Discover what makes people willingly cooperate. 

On Tuesday 11 March, Associate Professor Ralph-C Bayer from the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide will discuss some of the most influential research in the field and uncover the role of cooperation in solving social dilemmas. 

The presentation will also include examples of larger scale social dilemma situations, such as impacts on team production within a work place and common-pool resources like fisheries operations. 

Associate Professor Bayer, who is the Deputy Head of the School of Economics and the Founder-Director of AdLab, the Adelaide Laboratory for Experimental Economics, has published in leading economics psychology journals and has presented his research findings all over the world. 

What:  Why Share Houses are Always Dirty: A Research Tuesday lecture

Where:  North Terrace campus, Braggs Lecture Theatre

When:  Tuesday 11 March, 5:30-6:30pm

Cost:  Free – but registration is essential: please register online

Media Contacts:

Associate Professor Ralph Bayer
Deputy Head of School
School of Economics

The University of Adelaide

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Kate Bourne; Media and Communications Officer

P: 08 8313 3173


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