KU Research Institute for Business and Economics in Service of Humanity (BESH) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2nd Annual BESH Doctoral Research Award. The topic of this year’s award was Well-Being. 

We received a large number of exceptional submissions for this award this year. So much so that there was a tie for the first and second prizes. Hence, we are awarding two First Prize and two Second Prize awards, a total of four awards, instead of the three awards as originally planned. We sincerely thank all those who submitted their research for consideration.

Congratulations to the winners!

First Prize Joint Winners (1000 EUR)

Burcak Bas (Bocconi University)
“From Experiment Aversion to Experiment Appreciation: Lay Beliefs about Normative Standards of Best Practice Determine Public Perception of Experiments”
— Co-authors: Rachele Ciulli and Joachim Vosgerau 

Riley T. Krotz (University of Tennessee) 
“Healthcare in an Interconnected World: Increasing Blood Donations and Well-Being in the Social Media Era”

Second Prize Joint Winner (500 EUR)

Ali Gohary (Monash University) 
“Does Healer God Boost Consumption of Ultra-processed Foods? The Role of Predictable versus Unpredictable Interventions”
— Co-authors: Hean Tat Keh, Bora Min, Eugene Y. Chan

Elisabeth Grewenig (ifo Institute at the University of Munich)
“School Track Decisions and Teacher Recommendations: Evidence from German State Reforms” 

The 2021 BESH Doctoral Consortium, scheduled for May 20, is postponed to next year in light of the current pandemic. 

About BESH. 
KU Research Institute for Business and Economics in Service of Humanity (BESH) was established in 2019. The aim of BESH is to develop, publish and elevate collaborative, interdisciplinary research in Business and Economics that address urgent challenges facing humanity. These include challenges and topics in health, education, financial well-being, migration, responsible consumption, digitization and the labor market, and the development of smart and sustainable service offerings.

More info here.