Behavioral Economics

Are fast-loan markets undermining or promoting welfare? How should information about prices and product characteristics be provided to consumers? How does the framing of the offer influence sales and perceptions about quality? What if consumers make consumption choices that are self-harming, how should such markets be regulated in order to promote well-functioning markets and welfare?

Behavioral Economics & Consumer Behavior

The inter-dependencies between competition and consumer policy have been increasingly recognized by academics and policy makers alike.

Even in Finland consumer policy authorities, on the one hand, and competition policy authorities, on the other hand, merged under the same roof when The Finnish Competition and Consumer Policy Authority was established in 2013. Behavioral economics and consumer research are key to understanding the connections between competition and consumer policies, since this research aims at understanding and quantifying the sometimes irrational (in the sense of self-harming) decision making by consumers thus providing tools for integrating consumer protection and competition policy analysis. Under the umbrella of “behavioral economics & consumer behavior”, these and related questions are being studied.


The group maintains Helsinki Labbet, an online and mobile decision making laboratory, and benefits from its services in its datacollection. Helsinki Labbet welcomes behvioral scientists, economist etc. to utilize its facilities. Contact information in the link below.

Helsinki Labbet — Helsinki Laboratory for Behavioral and Experimental Studies

Behavioral Breakfast (internal seminar / discussions)
  • Date: 16/09/2020 8:45 am
    Location: online, please contact topi.miettinen [at] to join the meeting

  • Date: 23/09/2020 8:45 am
    Location: online

  • Date: 30/09/2020 8:45 am
    Location: online

  • Date: 07/10/2020 8:45 am
    Location: online

  • Date: 14/10/2020 8:45 am
    Location: online

  • Date: 21/10/2020 8:45 am
    Location: online

  • Date: 28/10/2020 8:45 am
    Location: online

  • Date: 04/11/2020 8:45 am
    Location: online

  • Date: 11/11/2020 8:45 am
    Location: online

  • Date: 18/11/2020 8:45 am
    Location: online

  • Date: 25/11/2020 8:45 am
    Location: online

  • Date: 02/12/2020 8:45 am
    Location: online

  • Date: 09/12/2020 8:45 am
    Location: online

Topi Miettinen

Chair of the group, Professor
topi.miettinen at

Jaakko Aspara

Member, Professor of marketing and consumer behavior
jaakko.aspara at

Shreya Basu

Member, PhD student
shreya.basu at

Jori Grym

Member, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Marketing
jori.grym at

Marja-Liisa Halko

Member, University Lecturer
marja-liisa.halko at

Daniel Hauser

Member, Assistant Professor
daniel.hauser at

Kaisa Kotakorpi

Member, Research Professor
kaisa.kotakorpi at

Anustup Kundu

Member, PhD student
anustup.kundu at

Peter H. Matthews

Member, Visiting professor
peter.matthews at

Satu Metsälampi

Member, Postdoctoral researcher
satu.metsalampi at

Tuomas Nurminen

Member, PhD student
tuomas.nurminen at

Petteri Palonen

Member, PhD student
petteri.palonen at

Teemu Pekkarinen

Member, PhD student
teemu.pekkarinen at

Jukka Pirttilä

Member, Professor
jukka.pirttila at

Lauri Sääksvuori

Member, Senior researcher
lauri.saaksvuori at

Elyas Saif

Member, PhD student
elyas.saif at

Erik Wengström

Member, Visiting professor
erik.wengstrom at

Xiaogeng Xu

Member, Post-doc
xiaogeng.xu at

Upcoming Seminars

13 Feb 2020

Behavioral Economics

Gender, willingness to compete and career choices along the whole ability distribution

  • Noemi Peter
  • University of Groningen

13 May 2020

Behavioral Economics

Consumer behaviour, search and choice: Evidence from smartphones study in Finland

  • Shreya Basu
  • University of Helsinki

15 Sep 2020

Behavioral Economics

What Makes a Rule Complex? (in collaboration with SBEE Michigan Seminar Series)

  • Ryan Oprea
  • UC Santa Barbara

22 Sep 2020

Behavioral Economics

RCTs to Scale: Comprehensive Evidence from Two Nudge Units (in collaboration with SBEE Michigan Seminar Series)

  • Stefano DellaVigna
  • Berkeley

29 Sep 2020

Behavioral Economics

The Value of Time in the United States: Estimates from a Nationwide Natural Field Experiment(in collaboration with SBEE Michigan Seminar Series)

  • Robert Metcalfe
  • Boston University

13 Oct 2020

Behavioral Economics

Expertise, Gender, and Equilibrium Play (in collaboration with SBEE Michigan Seminar Series)

  • John Wooders
  • New York University

27 Oct 2020

Behavioral Economics

Self-Persuasion: Evidence from Field Experiments at Two International Debating Competitions (in collaboration with SBEE Michigan Seminar Series)

  • Peter Schwardmann
  • University of Munich

3 Nov 2020

Behavioral Economics

Moral Universalism: Economic and Political Applications (in collaboration with SBEE Michigan Seminar Series)

  • Benjamin Enke
  • Harvard

1 Dec 2020

Behavioral Economics

Loss Attitudes in the U.S. Population: Evidence from Dynamically Optimized Sequential Experimentation (DOSE) (in collaboration with SBEE Michigan Seminar Series)

  • Erik Snowberg
  • Caltech

8 Dec 2020

Behavioral Economics

Collaborative Dishonesty: A Meta-Study (in collaboration with SBEE Michigan Seminar Series)

  • Shaul Shalvi
  • University of Amsterdam

17 Nov 2020

Behavioral Economics

Does mining fuel bubbles? An experimental study on cryptocurrency markets (with Andis Sofianos and Yilong Xu)

  • Marco Lambrecht
  • Hanken

30 Mar 2021

Behavioral Economics

More skill, less bias? Chasing behavior among experienced poker players

  • Marko Lambrecht
  • Hanken School of Economics

11 May 2021

Behavioral Economics

The role of reporting institutions and image motivation in tax evasion and incidence (with Kaisa Kotakorpi, Satu Metsälampi and Tuomas Nurminen

  • Topi Miettinen
  • Hanken

11 Oct 2021

Behavioral Economics

Free to Fail? Paternalistic Preferences in the United States

  • Björn Bartling
  • University of Zürich

25 Oct 2021

Behavioral Economics

”Intelligence disclosure in repeated interactions” & ”Context-dependence of gender differences in risk aversion”

  • Marco Lambrecht
  • Hanken

1 Nov 2021

Behavioral Economics

Nudge Me! The response to and demand for healthy habit reminders

  • Christina Gravert
  • University of Copenhagen

22 Nov 2021

Behavioral Economics

Do risk and time preference explain household’s demand for microinsurance? A lab in the field approach

  • Anustup Kundu
  • University of Helsinki

13 Dec 2021

Behavioral Economics

Fairness Across the World: preferences and beliefs

  • Alexander W. Cappelen
  • Norwegian School of Economics

11 Sep 2019


Robust bidding and revenue in descending price auction

  • Sarah Auster
  • University of Mannheim and Bocconi University

23 Oct 2019


Experts, Quacks and Fortune-Tellers: Dynamic Cheap Talk with Career Concerns

  • Egor Starkov
  • University of Copenhagen

22 Oct 2019


Microeconomics PhD Workshop

13 Nov 2019


Information Acquisition in Social Learning

  • Helene Mass
  • Bonn

4 Dec 2019


On the Importance of Social Status for Labor Markets

  • Pawel Gola
  • BI

29 Nov 2019


Mechanism design with farsighted agents (with Ville Korpela)

  • Michele Lombardi
  • Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow

11 Mar 2020


Nash bargaining with endogenous outside options

  • Eduard Talamàs
  • IESE

29 May 2020


Microeconomics PhD Workshop

23 Sep 2020


Early-Career Discrimination: Spiraling or Self-Correcting? (with Yingni Guo and Bruno Strulovici)

  • Arjada Bardhi
  • Duke

21 Oct 2020


Dynamically Aggregating Diverse Information (joint with Xiaosheng Mu and Vasilis Syrgkanis)

  • Annie Liang
  • University of Pennsylvania

18 Nov 2020


“Are Simple Mechanisms Optimal when Agents are Unsophisticated?” (with Piotr Dworczak).

  • Jiangtao Li
  • Singapore Management University

2 Dec 2020


“Multi-Dimensional Screening with Buyer-Optimal Learning” (joint with Rahul Deb)

  • Anne-Katrin Roesler
  • University of Toronto

9 Dec 2020


“Strategic Disclosure in Research Races,” joint with Kalyan Chatterjee and Kaustav Das

  • Miaomiao Dong
  • Penn State

7 Oct 2020


Inspecting Experimentation

  • Jan Knoepfle
  • Aalto

4 Nov 2020


Incentives for Collective Innovation

  • Gregorio Curello
  • Bonn

24 Feb 2021


Evolutionarily Stable (Mis)specifications: Theory and Applications (Joint with Jonathan Libgober)

  • Kevin He
  • University of Pennsylvania

10 Mar 2021


Communication in the shadow of catastrophe

  • Inga Deimen
  • University of Arizona

19 May 2021


Robust Monopoly Regulation

  • Yingni Guo
  • Northwestern

24 Mar 2021


Reputation Building under Obervational Learning

  • Harry Pei
  • Northwestern

5 May 2021


Insider Imitation

  • Erik Madsen
  • NYU

21 Apr 2021


Global manipulation by local obfuscation

  • Fei Li
  • UNC

2 Jun 2021


Paying with Information

  • Ayca Kaya
  • University of Miami

16 Jun 2021


Search, Matching, and Signaling: Do Markets Help Relationships? (From 3-4pm)

  • Arda Gitmez
  • Bilkent

31 May 2021


Microeconomics PhD Workshop

15 Sep 2021


Tests of Bayesian Rationality

  • Pooya Molavi
  • Northwestern

22 Sep 2021


Equilibrium Existence in Independent Private Value First-Price Auctions

  • Ron Siegel
  • Penn State

6 Oct 2021


Wealth Dynamics in Communities (with Yingni Guo and Bryony Reich)

  • Daniel Barron
  • Northwestern

17 Nov 2021


Purchase history and product personalization (Joint with Vasiliki Skreta)

  • Laura Doval
  • Columbia

1 Dec 2021


Dynamic Price Competition: Theory and Evidence from Airline Markets (joint with Ali Hortacsu, and Kevin R. Williams)

  • Aniko Oery
  • Yale

20 Oct 2021


“Misconduct, Peer Learning, and Strategic Enforcement,” (joint with Kai Du, Phillip Stocken and Zhe Wang)

  • Yi Chen
  • Cornell

3 Nov 2021


“Probabilistic Verification in Mechanism Design” (joint with Deniz Kattwinkel)


  • Ian Ball
  • MIT

12 Jan 2022


Microeconomics PhD Workshop

Helsinki GSE