Summer Summit 2022

EPoS Summer Summit 2022

The first EPoS Summer Summit of our Research Area EPoS Economy, Politics and Society finally gave us the chance to come together and meet, talk and discusst. ENCOUNTER NEW THINGS COURAGEOUSLY AND OPENLY!

Together. Andrea Hemetsberger welcomed all members and put the first EPoS Summer Summit under the motto of "coming together". After the first epic year in digital distance, we particularly enjoyed meeting new people and seeing familiar faces in the beautiful ambience of the Madonnensaal at the Faculty of Theology. About 50 scientists accepted our invitation to listen to exciting talks and to seize the breaks for socializing and networking.




Funded. For the first time, EPoS had announced the Young Scholar Research Grant supporting 15 exciting projects in the upcoming year. Among them were 8 applications from the Faculty of Economics and Statistics, 5 from the Faculty of Business Administration, and 2 from the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology. We are very much looking forward sto ee the individual works grow. Funded projects will be presented at the upcoming EPoS Summits.



Good scientific work. Albrecht Becker, representative of the Ombuds Office of the University of Innsbruck for the Social and Economic Sciences, presented the basic idea and work of the Ombuds Office. The office provides anonymous, neutral, confidential and mediatory support in case of concerns or problems related to good scientific work.




Estimated. Heiner Schumacher's work aims to show that empirical search cost estimates tend to increase with the size of the transaction, even if search can be done conveniently online. An online search experiment with students and MTurk workers confirmed that people are less sensitive to fixed-size price variations when the price of a good increases. By combining average hourly earnings and the duration of search, experiments show that the search cost estimates from the modified model capture subjects' true opportunity costs of time.



Sculpting. Multi Sensory Sculpting helps retrieve and materialize embodied forms of brand meaning. Our members explored a variety of material objects to stimulate their senses, choose those that intuitively represent our research area EPoS, and built a collective sculpture. Following the theoretical idea of embodied knowledge, , members made our research area EPoS visible and tangible . Many small parts thus grew together to form one big (brand) picture.





Normed. In his work, Christian König investigates role and reference group dependence in the elicitation of injunctive and descriptive social norms. Using mini-dictator games designed to uncover distributive motives, researchers experimentally vary whether decision-makers and recipients either separately or jointly coordinate on social norms. The work finds that descriptive social norms (what is done) are more strongly related to the leader's decisions than injunctive norms (what should be done).


Mixed. Stereotypical language in job ads not only reduces equal opportunities for disadvantaged groups such as young professionals, women or older job seekers, but also reduces the pool of applicants. Martina Kohlberger presents the Job Ad Decoder JADE, which was developed together with the Chamber of Labour - AK Vienna. JADE recognizes stereotypical formulation and replaces them with neutral wording suggestions in order to promote diversity in companies.




Elected. Philipp Umek's research focuses on local elections in Austria with the goal of creating a comprehensive database on local elections in Austria for the last 30 years. The dataset will be available to the scholarly community and will enable comparative research on local elections and promote interest and research on elections and voting behavior at the local level in Austria.


Refuge. In his keynote talk, Dominik Hangartner from ETH Zurich shared his insights into refugee flows. He reported how Switzerland, but also other countries, deal with the challenge of integration. There is little evidence on how asylum policies and procedures affect subsequent integration in the host country. Hangartner’s work demonstrates the importance of a strategic geopolitical distribution of migrants that corresponds with local labor market structures and herewith also supports social integration. The first months play a decisive role in integration (integration window) and have long-term positive or negative consequences for both, refugees and host countries.





Grateful for the new research insights

Andrea Hemetsberger, Esther Blanco, Marcelo Jenny,
Josephine Pöll und Eva Zipperle-Mirwald



Program Summer Summit 2022
Slides EPoS
Slides Albrecht Becker
Slides Heiner Schumacher
Slides Christian König
Slides Martina Kohlberger
Slides Philipp Umek
Slides Dominik Hangartner





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