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Behavioral economics

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Head : Fabio Galeotti


Behavioral economists’ research focuses on decision making and social interactions. They are divided into 3 scientific orientations :

1- Institutions and preferences : formation of moral and social preferences, role of economic, emotional and neural mechanisms, efficiency of institutions.

2- Cognition and motivations : role of mental process, emotions and belief under uncertainty and in the information process.

3- Incentives and organisation : role of identity, interactions between humans and robots, artificial intelligence in organisation.

On the methodological level, we develop laboratory and field experiments, cross-cultural studies, the use of physiological and biological measurement tools and virtual reality.

Main topics :

  • Unethical behaviour
  • Incentives and peer effects
  • Cooperation
  • Cognitive and behavioural finance

The members of the Behavioral Economics axis are involved in the activities of LABEX CORTEX.

Recent seminars and workshops organized by members of the axis

  • Economic Science Association (ESA) world meeting, 2021.
  • Annual Conference of the French Association of Experimental Economics, July 2-3, 2020.
  • International Meeting on Experimental and Behavioral Social Sciences (IMEBESS), May 14-16, 2020.
  • Workshop European on Experimental and Behavioral Economics (EWEBE), June 17-18, 2019.
  • ADRES Doctoral Conference, February 3-4, 2020.
  • International meeting of the LabEx CORTEX, The dynamic and flexible nature of memories, June 6-7, 2019.
  • Workshop Emotions, stress, and incentives, May 23, 2019.
  • 30th Conference of the EALE, September 13-15 2018.


  • LABEX CORTEX (Construction, cognitive function and Repair of the cortex). PI : Marie Claire Villeval.
  • INDEPTH (Institutional Design and Economic Preferences : Theory and experiments), Scientific Breakthrough Program, IDEX-Lyon, 2018-2021. PI : Marie Claire Villeval.
  • ANR CAUSAL (Architectures cognitives de l’apprentissage causale), 2018-2022. PI : Matteus Joffily.
  • ANR ValFree (The value of freedom : An experimental approach), 2018-2021. PI : Benoît Tarroux.
  • ANR DECISION (A study on Dishonesty : from Emotions and Cognition to InStItutions and OrganizatioNs), 2019-2023. PI : Fabio Galeotti.
  • ADHESION, French-American Cultural Exchange (An economic analysis of dishonesty and ethical behavior in organizations), 2018-2020. PI : Fabio Galeotti.
  • IXXI ISH, 2018-2019. PI : Adam Zylbersztejn.



  • Brice Corgnet, Prof., EM Lyon
  • Fabio Galeotti, CR, CNRS
  • Walid Hichri, MC, UL2
  • Mateus Joffily, IR, CNRS
  • Jacopo Magnani, Associate Prof., EM Lyon
  • Frédéric Moisan, Associate Prof., EM Lyon
  • Julie Rosaz, MC, UL2
  • Benoît Tarroux, PR, UL2
  • Quentin Thevenet, IE, CNRS
  • Marie Claire Villeval, DR, CNRS
  • Adam Zylbersztejn, MC, UL2

Secondary field

  • Camille Cornand, CR, CNRS
  • Nicolas Houy, CR, CNRS
  • Lionel Perrier, CR, Centre Léon Bérard

Doctoral student et Post-doctorate researchers

  • Elias Aoun-Durand, U. Sorbonne
  • Stefanie Baumgartner, UL2
  • Fortuna Casoria, UL
  • Chrisa Gresset, UL2
  • Valentin Guigon, UL1
  • Yao Kpegli, UL2
  • Maxime Le Bihan, UL2
  • Sorravich Kingsuwankul, UL2
  • Jona Krutaj, UL2
  • Claire Rimbaud, UL2
  • Eugenio Verrina, CNRS


  • Zhixin Dai, Assistant Prof., U. Renmin, Chine
  • Krista Jabs-Saral, Associate Prof., Webster University Geneva
  • Nikos Nikiforakis, Prof., NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Aldo Rustichini, Prof., U. Minnesota
  • Katerina Straznicka, MC, U. Clermont-Ferrand

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