Towards a Compliance Action Laboratory: Ideas for Comparative Research About How Rules Shape Behavior in the US and in China
Benjamin van Rooij
School of Law, UCIrvine
Wednesday, February 12
11:30am - 12:30pm
Social Ecology 1, Room 112
This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
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Abstract: In both China and the US, non-compliance with regulatory rules is an important problem undermining the law’s function to mitigate economic, health, and ecological risks. Much existing research on compliance from criminology, law and economics, and socio-legal studies has helped us to understand the complexity of how rules shape behavior and has explained why violations keep recurring. In social psychology, economic psychology and behavioral economics there have over the last decades been a number of studies, mostly of an experimental nature, that offer original and also hopeful insights about new approaches to enhance compliance. This talk will discuss an initiative to replicate and expand on these studies seeking to make them directly applicable in real life business and regulatory contexts, both in China and the US.