I am an Assistant Professor in Economics at UCL.
I also serve as a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and as an Associate Researcher at the London School of Economics.
I am a behavioural economist, working on:
wellbeing (Which social factors influence feelings of happiness and misery? How should we measure these feelings? And how can these measures help guide public policies?);
memory and beliefs (What role does memory play in the formation of beliefs? How beliefs and desires shape each other? Why do people disagree?);
sustainability and future orientation (What can institutions do to fight climate change? When and why people sacrifice for the future? How can we measure it?)
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You can meet me at:
'New Methods, Perspectives and Approaches’ seminar (Bank of England, 7th February 2023).
ISQOLS webinar (online, 24th May 2023).
You should not ask people how much they earn. If people are happy with their wage, they will overstate it, if they are not, they will understate it.
Duty comes before pleasure, but a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush... With Maria Bigoni, Davide Dragone and Stéphane Luchini, we set an experiment to understand if people are ready to sacrifice for their future.
"Are you happier than last year?" With Claudia Senik, we collected over 250,000 interviews that have asked this and similar questions since the 70s around the world. By comparing actual and recalled life narratives, we uncover opposite biases in recalled life satisfaction.
Do people forget failures in order to be happier or because they are happy? With Charlotte Saucet, we test the two hypotheses in a lab experiment.
A green and happy society: two pigeons with one stone? With Chris Krekel, we review and extend the evidence on the link between pro-environmental behaviors and subjective well-being.
Most people try to form an accurate opinion about COVID-19 vaccines. But what happens to your memories and beliefs once you received your jab? To know the answer, Charlotte Saucet and I interviewed over 1,000 UK residents before and after they received a vaccine.
"Self-serving bias” refers to situations where people distort information in a way which is favorable for themselves. But how can we test it in the lab? I present some criticisms and a solution.
life satisfaction, subjective well-being, self-narrative, memory, motivated beliefs, motivated reasoning, evaluative judgments, bias, carbon footprint, time preferences, measurement, methodology, experiment, survey.