With ABEL, the economics and business faculty and the law faculty join forces in conducting interdisciplinary research in the field of behavioral economics and law. With ABEL, researchers can, on the one hand, try to understand the behavior and legal processes within a legal system by looking at the (legal) decision making, policy considerations and advocacy at play within different actors. On the other hand, the impact of laws and regulations on the behavior of individuals and organizations can be studied. Why do people and agencies sometimes obey legal rules and sometimes not? The lab tests, develops and implements various legal issues by empirically studying human behavior and decision-making. In doing so, it facilitates collaboration on scientific and practical questions about the functioning of law and legal institutions, and how people respond to law.

If you would like to know more about the lab, please contact Marin Coerts, E: m.coerts@vu.nl and Arjen van Witteloostuijn, E: a.van.witteloostuijn@vu.nl.