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Public Goods through Private Eyes

In 2009 the European Research Council awarded Natalia Letki 1.73 million Euro to carry out a full-scale public opinion survey of 14 post-communist societies. Over 20,000 respondents in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine were surveyed on their attitudes and behaviour towards public goods and common pool resources. As the project will conclude in November 2014, it is now time to discuss its findings.

The PGPE project (Public Goods through Private Eyes: Exploring Citizens' Attitudes to Public Goods and the State in Central Eastern Europe) is
announcing its concluding conference that will take place on October 9th-10th, 2014 in Warsaw. The aim of the conference is to present the data collected in the course of the project, but also to bring together scholars interested in the individual, community and institutional determinants of public goods contributions.

Keynote lectures will be given by members of the PGPE Project Advisory Board:

Rene Bekkers / VU University Amsterdam
Klarita Gërxhani / University of Amsterdam/AIAS
Erich Kirchler and Stephan Muehlbacher / University of Vienna
Pamela Paxton / The University of Texas at Austin
Michael Wenzel / Flinders University

The Conference will also run four research/workshop sessions, chaired by the Advisory Board Members. We invite applications to the following sessions:

  • Religion, Values and Prosocial Behavior, chaired by Prof. Rene Bekkers
  • Tax behavior: Empirical evidence on determinants of taxpayers' compliance, chaired by Prof. Erich Kirchler and Dr Stephan Muehlbacher
  • Tax evasion and personal well-being, chaired by Prof. Klarita Gërxhani
  • Social cohesion and public goods contributions, chaired by Dr Natalia Letki

Deadline for submissions is July 14th, 2014.

Successful applicants will be notified by mid-August 2014. Conference participation is free of charge. Meals and refreshments will be provided for
all registered participants. Registration is obligatory. Organisers provide accommodation and reimbursement of travel costs to all participants who present papers.

For more information, please see the Conference website:


University of Warsaw, Institute of Sociology

The Institute of Sociology (IS) at the University of Warsaw is among the leading sociology departments at Polish universities. Its position is reflected in the number of professors and faculty with doctoral degrees, their track record in research, as well as the attractive curriculum and high...

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