Policy advice and normative and analytical models of behaviour

Conference at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF)

Nov. 3 - 5, 2004


The conference addressed the problem of regulatory choice and respective policy recommendations by social scientists. Frequently, such recommendations contradict each other. Some of the contradictions can be traced back to differing assumptions regarding the behaviour of relevant agents. To enhance the quality of policy advice it was suggested to apply an interdisciplinary behavioural model of homo oeconomicus institutionalis in order to increase transparency of assumptions and recommendations. The conference demonstrated potentials for an interdisciplinary discourse on the analysis of behaviour.