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Economics: Behavioural Economics & Tax Evasion With Dr Stephen Kastoryano From University of Reading

March 22 @ 15:35 - 16:20



Classical economic theories of behaviour assume people are omniscient when making choices. This is of course far from the truth. Our understanding of the world is limited and the choices we make are full of biased judgements.

Behavioural economics is a field between economics and psychology which explains that these biases and misjudgements are not arbitrary but follow certain patterns. Understanding these patterns allows us to understand why people believe in conspiracy theories, how marketing can trick people into buying products they don’t want, or why you ate in one day the chocolate you bought for a week.

The first part of this interactive lecture will offer a small glimpse into some of the topics of behavioural economics. In the second part, we will discuss how behavioural economics can help us understand who evades taxes, and why they evade taxes.


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Stephen Kastoryano


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: All Year 12 and Year 13, and equivalent, students who are studying, or interested in studying, Economics. Please join as a student group or as individual students and teachers.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic and questions they might like to ask or thoughts/ideas they would like to share.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



March 22
15:35 - 16:20
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