Research Unit in Behavioural Economics and Neuroeconomics

Research Unit in Behavioural Economics and Neuroeconomics
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acronym RUBEN
City Cape Town
Country South African Republic
Website http://www.ruben.uct.ac.za
address University of Cape Town, Middle Campus, New Economics Building, Stanley Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700
type of institution academic, higher education
Virtual Networks A "Virtual Network" is a group of Think Tanks identified by certain semantic and normative (ideological) commonalities (e.g. climate change scepticism). Such a virtual network constitutes a research field that differs from the study of formal networks. Formal networks are real in the sense of officially acknowledged and immediately open to empirical validation. Virtual networks on the other hand display shared ideas. Social network analysis tools can be applied to find out if or to what extent virtual networks are real networks that display linkages (membership in networks, personnel, resources etc.). Unconnected think tanks in turn can be considered special cases in need of explanation independent from network structures (unless we have to assume invisible, hidden or covered ties). Behavioural economics in public governance
Last revision 23.06.2017

"RUBEN is an interdisciplinary group of researchers who use economic experiments, often together with fMRI imaging techniques, to examine the role that social, cognitive and emotional factors play in economic decision-making. In particular, the methodological approach in which the members of our team are experts allows the estimation of risk attitudes and time preferences of individuals, households and communities in the field. RUBEN is currently the only centre for experimental research in economics on the African continent, providing training, research leadership and technical resources for the benefit of researchers throughout the continent. " (http://www.ruben.uct.ac.za/Default.aspx)

Contents

Organizational Structure and Funding

Address

University of Cape Town, Middle Campus, New Economics Building, Stanley Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700

People

Working mode, goals

Supported three projects of the Western Cape Government in the application of behavioural insights on problems of public education, energy provision and health politics (together with Ideas42.[1]


Topics

We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.



References

  1. Behavioural Insights and Public Policy - Lessons from Around the World