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Target-oriented ethics: The role of identifiability

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Date 14 July 2016
Time 17:00 - 21:00

Amsterdam Brain & Cognition Talk | Ilana Ritov | 14 July 2016, 17.00-19.00 | location REC-C 1.04, discussant Joep Sonnemans (CREED) | reception 19.00-21.00 (location Tijgerzaal Artis) 

Decisions concerning others can be oriented towards abstract, statistical targets or towards identified individuals. Even when all normatively relevant factors are identical, choices concerning identified individuals may yield systematically different outcomes from choices concerning unidentified individuals. The decision contexts we study vary greatly, including on the one hand choices that affect the decision maker herself, such as  altruistic giving at one extreme and competitive behavior at the other, and choices regarding social policies (Affirmative Action, in particular) that do not personally  affect the decision maker.  The wide scope of identifiability effects suggests that different processes are at work when a specific individual, rather than an abstract entity, is being considered.

Ilana Ritov Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prof. Ilana Ritov's research focuses on judgment and decision making in social contexts, including pro-social choice, identifiable other effects, moral judgment, and unethical behavior. She is also interested in exploring the implications of behavioral biases to public policy and legal questions. Professor Ritov has been president of EADM. She is currently the director of the Center for Empirical Studies of Decision Making and the Law (I-Core center for excellence) at the Hebrew University. Professor Ritov is an associate editor of Judgment and Decision Making.
Joep Sonnemans University of Amsterdam. Prof. Joep Sonnemans’s research focuses on (experimental) research in which insights from economics and other social sciences (e.g. psychology) are combined or contrasted: expectation formation, bargaining, social behavior, law & economics and individual search behavior. He is further interested in behavioral finance and behavioral economics. I am a member of the editorial board of Quantitative Finance and the Journal of Economic Psychology and I have been an Associate Editor of the European Economic Reviewfrom 2006-2012. Joep is the director of the Center for Experimental Economics and political Decision making (CREED) at the University of Amsterdam.

We are delighted to host Prof. Ilana Ritov as an ABC VIP guest. She will give a talk which is part of the European Association for Decision Making (EADM) third Judgment and Decision Making (JDM) Summer School for PhD Students. It will take place between 11-16 July 2016 at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The Summer School will consist of a weeklong program of courses covering issues of methodology in Judgment and Decision Making (JDM) research including theory building (Martijn van Zomeren, Groningen), cognitive modeling (Ido Erev, Technion), open science (Daniel Lakens, Eindhoven; Susann Fiedler, MPI Bonn), panel data analysis (Andreas Glöckner and Marc Jekel, Hagen), games (Ori Weisel, Nottingham; Shaul Shalvi, Amsterdam), and process tracing (Michael Schulte-Mecklenbeck, Bern; Martijn Willemsen, Eindhoven). The full program is available at

The Summer School is generously funded by the European Association for Decision Making, European Research Council, and Research Priority Areas Behavioral Economics and Brain and Cognition at the University of Amsterdam.