Economics Explored

Insights from behavioural economics & science regarding COVID responses

Episode Summary

What behavioural economics and science can tell us about how people have responded to various COVID control measures. Hear from Dr Stephen Whyte from QUT's Centre for Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology.

Episode Notes

QUT's Dr Stephen Whyte speaks with Economics Explored host Gene Tunny about insights from behavioural economics and science regarding COVID responses. 

Stephen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Behavioural Economics in the School of Economics & Finance, QUT. His research focus explores large scale decision making in mate choice settings. His work takes a multi-disciplinary approach in studying key sex differences in human behaviour, with work that bridges the fields of applied micro-economics, personality & social psychology, and evolutionary biology. His most recent research has explored such diverse topics as sex differences in nonbinary gender identification, male & female decision making in assisted reproductive & donor insemination medical environments, and preferences vs choice in cyber dating markets.

Material relevant to the discussion

Stephen's co-authored paper:

Can Psychological Traits Explain Mobility Behavior During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Stephen's Brisbane ABC radio interview:

COVID lockdowns prove Aussies aren't larrikins after all

Economics Explored interview with Stephen's colleague Prof. Benno Torgler:

Certified Corona-Immunity as a Resource with Prof. Benno Torgler

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