Workshop on Stress and Social Economic Decision-Making

Monday 20th March, 2017

10am-6pm, followed by wine reception, SCR, Arts Two Building, Queen Mary, University of London Mile End Campus, E14NS

Organizers: Francesca Cornaglia (Queen Mary University of London) and Klaus Wälde (Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz)

Supported by Living with Feeling and the School of Economics and Finance, QMUL and and the Gutenberg School of Management and Economics.

Stress is a ubiquitous phenomenon that can have important consequences not only for the individual but also for society at large. While the relationship between stress and cognition has been widely studied, the impact of stress on decision-making is a more recently developing research field.

This workshop brings together researchers that work at the frontier between economics, psychology and health with a focus on emotions, stress and decision-making. The research that will be presented at the workshop looks at these issues from both a psychological and an economic perspective. Examples are papers on the effect of stress on behaviour, the effect of competition on mental distress, the modelling of coping strategies and others.

The workshop is intended to leave a lot of room for discussions. One central theme is how can one bridge the gap between economic and psychological approaches such that it is beneficial for both disciplines? The organisers believe an interdisciplinary approach is vital to understanding the multiple facets of stress and their effect on individuals and society. We hope you can join us.

Attendance is free and open to all but please contact Francesca Cornaglia <> with your complete name, position and affiliation by 5pm on March 13th.

Programme (all sessions are being held in the Senior Common Room, fourth floor, Arts Two Building):

9.45-10.00 Coffee and registration (Foyer, Arts Two)
10.00-10.10 Francesca Cornaglia (Queen Mary, University of London): introduction to the workshop
10.10-11.00 Ed Ramsden (Queen Mary, University of London): “Stress and the “Space Cadets”: Mental Health, Housing and the American City, c. 1956-1966.”
11.00-11.50 Klaus Waelde (Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz): “Stress and Coping – an Economic Approach”
11.50-12.10 Coffee break (SCR)
12.10-13.00 Christian Dormann (Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz): “Dynamics of job stress”
13.00-14.20 Lunch (Lock-Keeper’s Cottage)
14.20-15.10 Italo Colantone (Bocconi University): “The hidden cost of globalization: Import Competition and Mental Distress”
15.10-16.00 Kevin Daniels (University of East Anglia): “What Makes for Good Work: An Overview of Three Systematic Reviews on Different Aspects of Work and Wellbeing”
16.00-16.20 Coffee break (Foyer, Arts Two)
16.20-17.10 Larbi Alaoui (Universitat Pompeu Fabra): “Know When to Fold ‘Em: The Grit Factor”
17.10-18.00 Paul Flaxman (City University of London): ‘Effects of Leisure Time Experiences on Employees’ Well-Being’
18.00 Wine reception (SCR)

All sessions (except lunch) are in the Arts Two Building, Mile End Campus, London E1 4NS. For directions to Mile End and a campus map, see


If you are attending the workshop and planning to stay over in London you might want to consider the following accommodation options:

Goodenough Club: centrally located, 4* accommodation.

Doctor in the House: accommodation agency for professionals

The Royal Foundation of St Katherine: ex-medieval church specialty lodgings in East London.

QMUL also provides a longer list of local hotels.

Please note that these options are provided for your information and are not endorsed by us.