Keynote speakers for the 2018 Australia New Zealand Workshop in Experimental Economics.
Quentin Atkinson is a Rutherford Discovery Fellow and Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research draws on lab and field experiments, computer modeling and evolutionary theory to shed light on how human culture evolves and the importance of culture for the evolution of our species. This includes work on the evolution of language, religion, cooperation and the human expansion from Africa.
Professor Atkinson's work appears in Nature and Science, and regularly features in international media outlets including the BBC, New Scientist, the NY Times, the Economist and the Wall Street Journal. He is also a keen environmentalist and has published an edited volume with Dr Niki Harré on how New Zealanders can tackle climate change.
Lana Friesen is an Associate Professor in the School of Economics at the University of Queensland. Her main interests are in experimental economics and behavioural economics.
Her research focuses on improving enforcement of laws and regulations, with a particular interest in environmental applications. Harnessing traditional economic incentives, as well as insights from behavioural economics, her research demonstrates how regulators can use their limited enforcement resources more effectively to improve compliance. Associate Professor Friesen’s research is published in leading economics journals including the European Economic Review, Economic Journal, Experimental Economics, and the Journal of Behavioral Economics and Organization.
Thomas Pfeiffer is a Professor at the New Zealand Institute of Advanced Studies at Massey University. He graduated in biophysics from Humboldt University Berlin, received a PhD from the ETH Zurich, and worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Harvard University.
His research focus is game theory and its applications in evolutionary biology, human behaviour and economics, and he uses mathematical and computational modelling techniques as well as experimental approaches. His recent work focusses on the elicitation of information from scientific communities to investigate and streamline decision-making in scientific research.
Agnieszka Tymula is an Associate Professor at the School of Economics at the University of Sydney and a Visiting Faculty at the Institute for the Study of Decision Making at NYU. In 2017, she received Society for Neuroeconomics Early Career Award for significant contributions to understanding the basis of decision making.
Agnieszka’s work focuses on the biological foundations of economic preferences and how the constraints placed on the nervous system affect choice. She applies her work to decision making problems associated with ageing, mood disorders, and obesity. To conduct her research she collaborates with neuroscientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, sociologists, biologists and non-academic institutions including the National Academy of Sciences Museum in Washington DC and the Sydney Opera House.
Agnieszka has received grants from the Australian Research Council, AXA Research Fund and the Templeton Foundation. Her work has appeared in journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (US), Management Science, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Neuroscience, Nature Communications, and Current Opinion in Neurobiology. Her work often appears in popular international media.