Values, norms and salience: Modelling socio-economic behavior

Models based on the idea of rational choice and underlying preferences, i.e. related to classical game theory, are still predominant in contemporary social sciences, including but not limited to economics, mathematical sociology and political science. Yet, it is a well-known fact that such models are methodologically limited in their ability to account for reciprocal behaviour (networks), uncertainty (knowledge) and non-optimising behaviour (bounded rationality). Alternative approaches model behaviour based on, e.g., individual values and social norms. In addition, actual behaviour often depends on the contextual choice situation, what is sometimes referred to as salience of choice attributes. Such approaches reflect a large body of literature in (social) psychology and sociology but also its heterogeneity – there is no such thing as a consensus theory/model.

In this special session, we aim at reflecting the heterogeneity and potentials of such different approaches with state-of-the art applications. The potential outcome of the session is a better integration of different approaches, as the participants will increase their scope of knowledge. An incomplete and by no means representative list of such approaches to socio-economic behaviour includes Psychological Game Theory, theories based on satisfaction, theories based on values and moral behaviour, theories based on social networks, theories that cope with explicit decision context, theories based on artificial intelligence / cognition, etc.

We highly welcome original theoretical work (simulation models) that formalises such alternative approaches and/or apply them to specific problem sets and questions. As we proclaim a lack of integration of the different approaches, or at least a lack of overview, comprehensive review papers that tackle any of the issues mentioned are also highly welcome.



We welcome the submission of extended abstracts (3 - 4 pages; short oral presentation) and full papers (max. 12 pages, long oral presentation). All work must be original, i.e. must not have appeared in conference proceedings, books, or journals and may not be under review for other archival conferences, books, or journals.


Important Dates

Submission of extended abstracts (3-4 pages) or full papers (max. 12 pages): 30 April 2019
Notification of Acceptance: 24 June 2019
Final Version Submission: 11 July 2019


Track chairs

  • Frederik Schaff (Ruhr-Universität Bochum),
  • Marcin Czupryna (Cracow University of Economics)

Keywords: Norms, Values, Salience