Andris Saulītis, PhD, serves as the Principal Investigator for the research project "Tax Morale and Social Desirability Bias: Examining the Shadow Economy Experimentally" (TAXMORALBIAS) at Collegio Carlo Alberto, a project recognized and supported by the European Commission through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowship under the Horizon Europe research program. Andris holds a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology from The New School for Social Research in the USA and a PhD in Sociology from the European University Institute in Italy. This diverse educational foundation has equipped him with the proficiency to employ both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
Central to Andris' work is his expertise in nudging, field experiments, behavioural insights, and experimental methods. He has carried out numerous field experiments, teaming up with both businesses and governmental bodies, addressing diverse issues from debt collection and recycling behaviour to vaccine uptake and tax compliance. As an educator, Andris collaborates with Rīga Stradiņš University to deliver courses "(In)Visible Practices and Shadow economy", "Consumption Culture", and "Research Methods" for graduate students, and "Introduction to Sociology" to undergraduates.
Beyond academia, Andris has made significant contributions as a behavioural insights consultant. His collaborations span entities like the European Commission, the Vaccination Task Force of Latvia during the critical phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, and various commercial enterprises.
- Appealing, Nudging or Threatening? Assessing Various Communication Strategies to Promote Tax Compliance. (with Philipp Chapkovsky, 2023)
- Horizontal Scaling of Reminders to Encourage COVID-19 Vaccination in Latvia. In: Soman, D. (ed.). What Works, What Doesn't (and When). Toronto: University of Toronto Press. (forthcoming)
- Nudging Debtors with Non-Performing Loans: Evidence from Three Field Experiments. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance. (2023)
- Debt Relief or Exit: The Long-Term Effects of Forex Loans on Latvian Households. Critical Housing Analysis. (2022)