Journal of Behavioural Economics and Social Systems

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The Journal of Behavioural Economics and Social Systems (BESS™) aims to leverage insights from behavioural economics to help solve the most pressing challenges facing the world today. BESS™ explores the theory underpinning the practice of the 'Second Track' with a view to broaden recognition of the methodology and encourage its wider adoption.

At the Journal of Behavioural Economics and Social Systems, we believe in problem solving. When business transcends complicated and becomes truly complex, a new approach is needed. Wicked problems involve social justice, social change and social economy issues characterised by stakeholder multiplicity and policy confusion. Addressing this difficulty requires the ability to negotiate politically, under conditions of uncertainty, and to work effectively in networks and at the boundaries between academia, industry, and policy.

So we try to arm our readers with ideas that help them work in complex social systems acting as agents of economic, social, and policy change, solving problems that are too difficult for the rational-scientific approach. BESS coverTo do that, we enlist leading experts in academia, business and government, collaborating to express their thoughts in the most influential way possible.

BESS™ focuses on the behaviour and interaction of economic agents in solving wickedly complex problems. The Journal aims to transform economic thinking by challenging the prevailing concept of human rationality. We welcome submissions that deal with a transdisciplinary social sciences approach, especially psychology, or use experimental methods of inquiry. Thus, contributions in behavioural economics, experimental economics, economic psychology, social cognition, social networks, and judgment and decision making are especially welcome.

We publish manuscripts of many lengths, and just about any style that might help us share an idea effectively.

We invite contributions that consider the Journal’s themes mentioned above, or related topics about group problem solving, both from a theoretical and an empirical point of view. Qualitative and quantitative research contributions are welcome. Short essays, commentaries, and book reviews are also encouraged.

Full papers for the third issue of BESS™ must be submitted by 31 August 2020. Please send your papers via email to You will find details of the style guide at the end of each edition.


Journal of Behavioural Economics and Social Systems

Vol. 2, No. 1, June 2020

Vol. 1, No. 1, August 2019

The inaugural edition of BESS™ was launched at the GAP 10th Annual Economic Summit at NSW Parliament House on 20 September 2019.


Publications on behavioural economics related to GAP's 'Second Track' processes

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