Summer Institute in Behavioral Economics (BE)


Since 1994, RSF sponsors the two-week Summer Institute in Behavioral Economics every other year. In recent years, the summer institute has been organized by David Laibson and Matthew Rabin (Harvard University) and held in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. The program accepts about 30 participants. Most participant costs during the institute, including housing and most meals, are covered, and travel expenses are reimbursed up to a set cap.

The schedule will include sessions outlining evidence, principles, and formal models of psychological foundations of different economic topics as well as sessions presenting recent research. It will also provide opportunities for students to discuss their ideas and research with the organizers, visiting faculty, and other participants.

Participants will be required to complete some readings in advance.


Participation is restricted to Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty within 1 year of their Ph.D. (since April). Students need to have completed at least one year of their graduate program before the summer institute. There are no restrictions based on citizenship, country of study, or country of employment.

Candidates in related disciplines (e.g., psychology, business, political science and law) who have a strong interest and advanced training in formal economics are welcome to apply.

Inquiries can be sent to Technical questions about the application portal (Fluxx) can be sent to


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