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Behavioral economics

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Coordinator : Brice Corgnet


Behavioral economics aims to incorporate more realistic psychological foundations, to generate theoretical insights for better predictability of field phenomena and to improve the design of economic mechanism and policy.

The GATE members of the Behavioral Economics group work in various research topics :

  • Preferences

Individual preferences : attitudes towards risk and uncertainty (finance, health, environment), time preferences
Social preferences : inequity aversion, altruism, peer effects and social comparisons, image, deception, anti-social preferences, search of status
Neuroeconomic analysis of social and anti-social preferences

  • Incentives and contracts

Interactions between monetary and non monetary incentives
Monitoring, sanctions

  • Markets and networks

Auctions, tarification
Matching mechanisms
Organization of CO2 and electricity markets

  • Public economics and finance

Belief formation, updating of beliefs and information processing
Coordination, cooperation and provision of public goods
Tax evasion

Experimental economics is the main method of research of this group. Researches are also conducted in neuroeconomics with methods from neuroscience. Members of this group are involved in the Laboratory of Excellence CORTEX.


HEIDI-CORTEX Behavioral Economics Workshop, Ecully (Lyon, France), October 29-30, 2014

  • -* GATE participation in the "Brain Awareness Week" : an experiment in neuroeconomics : March 13, 2014 in Ecully. Information

HEIDI How Emotions Influence Decision-making : an Interdisciplinary perspective : behavioral economics and neuroscience

The HEIDI program is a basic research program supported by the National Agency for Research (ANR, “Programme Emotions and Cognition”). HEIDI aims both at producing new experimental evidence and at exchanging ideas in order to contribute to the understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying the influences of emotional and motivational processes on decision making. It started in January 2012 and will end in January 2015.

International Project of Scientific Cooperation (PICS 5716 China)
Incentives, individual choices and social outcomes : Experimental and empirical approaches applied to China

Publications 2016-2015

Julie Rosaz, Robert Slonim, Marie Claire Villeval (2016) Quitting and peer effects at work, Labour Economics, 39, pp. 55-67

Valeria Maggian, Marie Claire Villeval (2016) Social preferences and lying aversion in children, Experimental Economics, online, 10.1007/s10683-015-9459-7

Louis Levy-Garboua, Claude Montmarquette, Jonathan Vaksmann, Marie Claire Villeval (2016) Voluntary Contributions to a Mutual Insurance Pool, Journal of Public Economic Theory, A paraître, 10.1111/jpet.12181

Zhixin Dai, Fabio Galeotti, Marie Claire Villeval (2016) The efficiency of crackdowns. An experiment in public transportations, Theory and Decision, A paraître

Quang Nguyen, Marie Claire Villeval, Hui Xu (2016) Trust under the Prospect Theory and Quasi-Hyperbolic Preferences : A Field Experiment in Vietnam, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 64, pp. 545-572, 10.1086/685434

Tjaša Bjedov, Thierry Madiès, Marie Claire Villeval (2016) Communication and Coordination in a Two-Stage Game, Economic Inquiry, 54, pp. 1519–1540

Lefebvre Mathieu, Pierre Pestieau, Arno Riedl, Marie Claire Villeval, (2015), Tax evasion and social information : an experiment in Belgium, France, and the Netherlands, International Tax and Public Finance, 22, 401-425, 10.1007/s10797-014-9318-z

David Dickinson, David Masclet, Marie Claire Villeval, (2015), Norm Enforcement in Social Dilemmas An Experiment with Police Commissioners, Journal of Public Economics, 74–85, 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2015.03.012

Adam Zylbersztejn (2015) Non-verbal feedback, strategic signaling and non-monetary sanctioning : new experimental evidence from a public goods game, Research in Experimental Economics, 18, pp. 153 - 181

Stefano Palminteri, Mehdi Khamassi, Mateus Joffily, Giorgio Coricelli (2015) Contextual modulation of value signals in reward and punishment learning, Nature Communications, article 8096, 10.1038/ncomms9096

Peter Kuhn, Marie Claire Villeval (2015) Are women more attracted to cooperation than men ?, Economic Journal, 125, pp. 115–140, 10.1111/ecoj.12122

Angela Coulter, Martin Härter, N. Moumjid-Ferdajoui, Lilisbeth Perestelo-Perez, Trudy Van Der Weijden (2015) European Experience with Shared Decision Making, International Journal of Person Centered Medicine, A paraître

Tiago Sanchez, Izabela Mocaiber, Fatima Erthal, Mateus Joffily, Eliane Volchan, Mirtes G. Pereira, Draulio Barros de Araujo, Leticia Oliveira (2015) Amygdala responses to unpleasant pictures are influenced by task demands and positive affect trait, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, doi : 10.3389/fnhum.2015.0010, 10.3389/fnhum.2015.0010

Fabio Galeotti (2015) Do Negative Emotions Explain Punishment in Power-to-Take Game Experiments, Journal of Economic Psychology, pp. 1-14

Bernd Irlenbusch, Marie Claire Villeval (2015) Behavioral ethics : how psychology influenced economics and how economics might inform psychology ?, Current Opinion in Psychology, 6, pp. 87–92, 10.1016/j.copsyc.2015.04.004

Zhixin Dai, Robin M. Hogarth, Marie Claire Villeval (2015) Ambiguity on audits and cooperation in a public goods game, European Economic Review, 74, pp. 146–162

Davide Dragone, Fabio Galeotti, Raimondello Orsini (2015) Students, Temporary Workers and Co-Op Workers : An Experimental Investigation on Social Preferences, Games, 6, pp. 79-123, 10.3390/g6020079

Pauline Roux, Christine Durif-Bruckert, Christelle Faure, Hervé Mignotte, Nora Moumjid (2015) Shared decision making in medical encounters regarding breast cancer treatment : The contribution of methodological triangulation, European Journal of Cancer Care, 24, pp. 461-472, 10.1111/ecc.12214

Full List of Publications


  • Fabio Galeotti, CMIRA
  • Walid Hichri, MC, UL2
  • Mateus Joffily, IR, CNRS
  • Nora Moumjid, MC, UL1
  • Stéphane Robin, CR, CNRS, HDR
  • Jean-Louis Rullière, PR, UL2
  • Quentin Thevenet, AI, CNRS
  • Marie Claire Villeval, DR, CNRS
  • Adam Zylbersztejn, MC, UL2

Attachement secondaire

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


  • Julien Bénistant, UL2
  • Tsaja Bjedov, UL2-U. Fribourg
  • Liza Charroin, UL2
  • Zhixin Dai, UL2
  • Marine Genton, UL1
  • M’Hamet Helitim, UL2
  • Jennifer Margier, UL1
  • Thibaud Mazerm, UL2
  • Anca Mihut, UL2
  • Giancarlo Musto, UL2
  • Rémi Suchon, UL2
  • Vincent Théroude, UL2
  • Min Zhu, UL2

Membres affiliés

  • Luigi Butera, Post-Doctorant, Georges Mason University
  • Nikos Nikiforakis, Associate Professor, NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Katerina Straznicka, MC, Univ Clermont-Ferrand
  • Malgorzata Wasmer, Collaboratrice scientifique, Office fédéral de la santé publique, Suisse