Preference Change


Preference Change Workshop, London. 28-30th May 2009

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Preference Change Workshop
28th May – 30th May, 2009
London School of Economics (LSE)

Venue: Lakatos Building, T206 (Second Floor)

Organised by Franz Dietrich, Conrad Heilmann and Christian List

Supported by the Nuffield Foundation, the LSE Annual Fund and the LSE Choice Group,

Modelling Preference Change

Preference change is a phenomenon that everyone experiences in himself or herself. Such change can be gradual or radical, expected or surprising, caused by external experiences (such as encountering another culture) or by internal influences (such as aging), and so on.

How should preference change be explained and modelled? This is a methodological question of tremendous importance, with repercussions in various areas such as dynamic decision theory, welfare economics, consumer theory, moral psychology, philosophy of mind, political science, and the study of deliberation.

Yet the question is far from settled, and a science of preference change, if it exists at all at this point, is certainly in its infancy. To mention only one point of disagreement, standard rational choice models explain every preference change by an underlying belief change, whereas critics reject this reduction.

Preference Change Workshop at the LSE, 28th May – 30th May, 2009

The aim of this workshop is to bring together different researchers with interests in this area and to discuss fresh perspectives. Confirmed speakers include

  • Nick Baigent (Graz)
  • Luc Bovens (LSE)
  • Richard Bradley (LSE)
  • Krister Bykvist (Oxford)
  • Peter Hammond (Warwick/Stanford)
  • Brian Hill (HEC Paris)
  • Sébastien Konieczny (CRIL – CNRS Lens)
  • Wlodek Rabinowicz (Lund)
  • Katie Steele (LSE)

and the workshop organisers. The schedule will be available later on this webpage:

Registration and Further Information

Participation is free of charge but registration is needed. Please email c.heilmann @ if you are interested in registering for this workshop.

The LSE Choice Group

The LSE Choice Group,, is a group of people based for the most part at the LSE with a shared interest in the theory of rational decision making in individuals and groups and its application to economic, political and social questions. We hold regular seminars on Wednesday afternoons from 17-30 to 19-00 in T206 (2nd floor, Lakatos Building, Portugal Street. Please email c.heilmann @ if you are interested in regular updates for seminars and events.

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