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.

Topi Miettinen

Chair of the group, Professor

Jaakko Aspara

Member, Professor of marketing and consumer behavior

Marja-Liisa Halko

Member, University Lecturer

Daniel Hauser

Member, Post-doc

Kaisa Kotakorpi

Member, Research Professor

Anustup Kundu

Member, PhD student

Simon Lapointe

Member, Affiliated / visiting

Peter H. Matthews

Member, Visiting professor

Tuomas Nurminen

Member, PhD student

Petteri Palonen

Member, PhD student

Teemu Pekkarinen

Member, PhD student

Jukka Pirttilä

Member, Professor

Lauri Sääksvuori

Member, Senior researcher

Erik Wengström

Member, Visiting professor

Helsinki GSE