Workshop on “The economics of social norms. Measuring and transforming social norms, evidence from developing countries”

8 décembre 23

Societies are structured around social norms that deeply condition agents’ behaviors. The development and abandonment of social norms is, in fact, an increasingly common element of programming theories of change for the impact evaluation of public policies. However, without the appropriate theoretical and quantitative measurement tools, it is exceedingly difficult, if not impossible, to assess and account for social norms in the design of public policies and development interventions.
This workshop aims at gathering new scientific evidence about the origin, rationale, and measurement of social norms as well as about interventions challenging or impacting social norms.

The workshop will take place 18-19 december 2023 at Université Paris Dauphine - PSL, Paris France.

Previsionnal Schedule :

Monday December 18, 2023 - Room A709

9h-9h30 :

Welcome address

9h30-11h30 :

Session 1: Inheritance systems and social norms
Maria Hernandez-de-Benito (Universidad de Alicante) “Firstborn Girls and Family Structure: Evidence from sub-Saharan Africa”, with Garance Genicot

Immacolata Ranucci (Università di Firenze) “Gendered Effect of Climate Shocks on Resilience to Food Insecurity: The Role of Kinship Norms”, with Donato Romano and Luca Tiberti

Christina Sarah Hauser (European University Institute) “Tackling Gender Discriminatory Inheritance Law Privately ? Lessons from a Survey Experiment in Tunisia”

11h30-11h50 :

Coffee break

11h50-12h50 Keynote 1
Libertad Gonzalez (Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Barcelona School of Economics)  “Changing Gender Norms Across Generations: Evidence from Paternity Leave Reforms”

12h50-13h50 :


13h50-15h10 :

Session 2: Marriage laws and family planning
Anne Simon (Leibniz Universität Hannover) “How Do Harmful Social Norms Interact? Evidence from the Revised Family Code in Ethiopia”

Xiaowei Zhang (ESSEC Business School) “Family Planning, Son Preference and Domestic Violence: Evidence from the “Later, Longer, Fewer” Campaign in China”, with Maëlys De la Rupelle

15h10-15h30 :

Coffee break

15h30-16h50 :

Session 3: Female Genital Cutting
Annika Lindskog (University of Gothenburg) “Harmful Norms: Social Interdependence and Persistence of Female Genital Cutting“, with Heather Congdon Fors and Ann-Sofie Isaksson

John Egyir (Universidad de Alicante) “Disasters and Tightness of Social norms: The Case of Female Genital Cutting”, with Marianna Battaglia and Jorge García Hombrados

17h15-18h15 :

Keynote 2
Cristina Bicchieri (University of Pennsylvania) TBA

Tuesday december 19, 2023 - Room A701

9h15-11h15 :

Session 4: Measurement methods and norms
Marie Boltz (Université de Strasbourg) “Bridging the Gap: The Role of Flexibility in Promoting Gender Equality and Work-Family Balance”, with Ana Maria Diaz and Luz Magdalena Salas
Delphine Boutin (Bordeaux School of Economics) “Gender Differences in Altruistic Preferences in Children”, with Nina Filipkowki
Olivia Bertelli (Université Paris Dauphine - PSL), “Violence against women: men’s behaviors and opinions in Mali”, with Thomas Calvo, Emmanuelle Lavallée, Marion Mercier and Sandrine Mesplé-Somps.

11h15-11h35 :

Coffee break

11h35-12h35 :

Keynote 3 
David Yanagizawa-Drott (University of Zurich and UBS Center for Economics in Society), “How Are Gender Norms Perceived ? ”, with Leonardo Bursztyn, Alexander W. Cappelen, Bertil Tungodden and Alessandra Voena

12h35-13h35 :


13h35-14h55 :

Session 5: Social unrest
Joseph Flavian Gomes (IRES/LIDAM, UCLouvain and CEPR) “It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, it’s Superman! Using Mass Media to Fight Intolerance”, with Alex Armand, Paul Atwell, Giuseppe Musillo and Yannik Schenk 
Laura Saavedra-Lux (UNU-WIDER) “Rebounding after Conflict: Patterns of Civilian Victimisation and Trajectories of Development”

14h55-15h15 :

Coffee break

15h15-16h35 :

Session 6: Interventions and social norms
Anett John (University of Birmingham) “Flexible Contract, Flexible Morale? Microcredit Design and Repayment Discipline”, with Kristina Czura and Lisa Spantig
Niklas Buehren (World Bank Africa Gender Innovation Lab) “Rebel with a Cause: Effects of a Gender Norms Intervention for Adolescents in Somalia”, with Rajdev Brar, Sreelakshmi Papineni and Munshi Sulaiman

The workshop is only for Paris Dauphine - PSL university members.


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