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Economics, Psychology, Neuroscience: Behavioural economics from three perspectives

Behavioural economics has cemented its place as an important discipline within the broader economics profession. It also follows a long tradition of economists borrowing from other fields of study. While economics has historically had strong links with political science, maths and data science; behavioural economics has opened the door to drawing on insights from neuroscience, psychology, sociology and anthropology. Our webinar speakers (below) represent some of the diverse views within the field of behavioural economics. Hear how an economist, a psychology researcher and a neuroscientist are contributing to economic thought.

Dr Chiara Varazzani - The neuroscientist

Dr Chiara Varazzani was recently appointed Lead in Behavioural Science at the OECD. Prior to this appointment, Chiara was Principal Behavioural Insights Advisor to the Victorian Government, a Behavioural Science Adviser in the Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA) and worked at the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) in London. Chiara’s areas of specialisation include neuroeconomics and evidence-based public policy. Chiara earned an M.Sc. in Cognitive Science from the École Normale Supérieure and a Ph.D. in Behavioural Neuroscience from Sorbonne Paris Cité University.



Dr Jacqui Brewer - The psychology researcher

Dr Jacqui Brewer is the Capability Officer for the Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA). In this role, Jacqui leads BETA’s capability program, which aims to build Australian Public Service capability to apply behavioural insights to public policy and administration. Prior to joining the APS, Jacqui completed a PhD at the Australian National University in population health research, specialising in prevention and early intervention for mental health issues in young people. 



Professor Swee-Hoon Chuah- The Economist

Dr. Swee-Hoon Chuah is a Professor of Economics at the Tasmanian School of Business & Economics. Before joining the University of Tasmania, Swee-Hoon was an Associate Professor of Economics at RMIT University, where she was a founding member of the Behavioural Business Lab. In this role she was responsible for the development, launch and coordination of an undergraduate minor suite of four courses in the area of behavioural economics.  Prior to RMIT, she was a Lecturer in Economics at Nottingham University Business School, U.K.She holds a PhD in behavioural and experimental economics from the University of Nottingham, U.K.


Janine Bialecki - Facilitator

Janine is a Principal Economist at the ACCC, focussed on using economics and behavioural insights to promote competition and fair trading.Janine began her career at Commonwealth Treasury where she worked policy issues including investor protection, bank policy and competition policy. After completing a Masters in Behavioural Economics and Game Theory at the University of Amsterdam, Janine spent two years at the Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA) before joining the ACCC in March 2019. 

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