Conference Invitation

8th Thurgau Experimental Economics Meeting (theem)

Biased Beliefs:

Cognitive Limitations and Preferences over Beliefs

April 10th-12th, 2017 in Kreuzlingen (CH)

Organized by the Thurgau Institute of Economics at the University of Konstanz

Organizers: Urs Fischbacher, Sebastian Fehrler, Katrin Schmelz, Irenaeus Wolff

Program to download, Version of April 7

People often fail to update beliefs accurately. Inaccurate belief updating may be driven by cognitive limitations or a preference for having certain beliefs, or both. Cognitive limitations typically lead to miscalculation or heuristic shortcuts which might explain phenomena like social projection or correlation neglect. Preferences over beliefs may affect information search, the interpretation of information, and memory retrieval. This includes wishful thinking or the neglect of unpleasant information – all in order to hold the beliefs we like. We invite theoretical and empirical contributions addressing issues from this spectrum of topics and look forward to your submissions.

Keynote speakers at the workshop:




Nicholas Epley is the John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavior Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He studies social cognition—how thinking people think about other thinking people—to understand why smart people so routinely misunderstand each other.  His research has appeared in more than two dozen empirical journals. He has been awarded several prizes, e.g., the 2011 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association. He is the author of “Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want”.

Georg Weizsäcker

Georg Weizsäcker is Professor of Economics at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Research Director of the department “Competition and Consumers” at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). He serves on the editorial boards of several prestigious journals and as director of the Review of Economic Studies. He received a European Research Council Starting Grant in 2011. In his research, he develops behavioral economic theory and combines it with rigorous theory testing in controlled lab experiments. He has published influential articles on belief formation, social learning, and limited-depth reasoning.

If you would like to present your research at this meeting, submit an extended abstract (max. 300 words) here (text in .txt format). The conference fee is EUR 200 (including coffee breaks and the conference dinner).

January 24, 2017 Submission deadline
February 07, 2017 Notification of acceptance
February 28, 2017 Registration deadline for presenters
March 20, 2017

Registration deadline for non-presenting participants

Provisional program:


Mon, April 10 2017, 12pm - 12:45pm

Start of the conference:

Mon, April 10 2017, 12:45pm

End of final keynote lecture:

Wed, April 12 2017, 01:00pm


For any further question please contact us via info@theem.ch.