Friday May 2, 2014 at 8:00 AM EDT
Saturday May 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM EDT
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Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East ABC
Harvard Law School
1585 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics
The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School invites you to attend our 2014 annual conference, this year entitled: “Behavioral Economics, Law, and Health Policy.” The event will take place Friday and Saturday, May 2-3, 2014, at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein's book "Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness" brought behavioral economics to the masses, beginning a discussion of libertarian paternalism and the many ways that "choice architects" can help nudge people to make better choices for themselves without forcing certain outcomes on anyone. Some of their examples fall in the realm of health policy, as is also the case of Daniel Kahneman's recent book, "Thinking, Fast and Slow," which examines various cognitive errors people make in their judgments, choices, and conclusions, as well as how we might correct them. But the conversation has only just begun.
Building on the success of the behavioral economics movement, this conference (and possibly an edited volume) will further develop the scholarly discussion by focusing on key issues in health law policy, bioethics, and biotechnology. We welcome submissions on both broad conceptual questions and more specific policy applications. Potential topics might include:
Please note that this list is not meant to be at all exhaustive; we hope to receive papers related to the conference’s general theme but not specifically listed here.
In an effort to encourage interdisciplinary and international dialogue, we welcome submissions from legal scholars and lawyers, of course, but also from bioethicists and political philosophers critiquing and defending the ethics of the sorts of manipulations called for by behavioral economists; health economists, doctors, psychologists, and other experimentalists discussing new avenues to overcome bounded rationality; international scholars and regulators discussing how their systems have used choice architecture to improve health and health care; and others who have a meaningful contribution to make in this field as related to health law, bioethics, and biotechnology policy.
How to Participate
If you are interested in participating, please send a 1-page abstract of the paper you would plan to present to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, but not later than Monday, December 2, 2013. If your abstract is selected, your final paper will be due in late March 2014, and you will be assigned a presentation slot for the conference dates. Please note that presenters are expected to attend the conference for its full duration. We will pay travel expenses for presenters who must travel to Cambridge; co-authored papers must name a single presenter.
In the past, we have successfully turned some of our conferences into edited volumes (with Oxford and MIT Press). If such a volume arises out of this conference, authors will have the option to publish their paper with us, but are not committed to do so. We will accept conference papers of all lengths and styles (e.g., law review, medical, philosophy, or policy journal, etc.), but chapters in conference volumes are generally limited to about 5,000 words. Previous conference participants have been able to publish their submissions in different formats in multiple venues.
Please contact Holly Fernandez Lynch, Executive Director of the Petrie-Flom Center, with any questions: email@example.com, 617-384-5475.Register Now!