Marco Piovesan

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Full Professor
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Marco Piovesan is a Full Professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Verona. Prior to his move to Verona in September 2021, he was a Professor at the University of Copenhagen and a Research Fellow at the Harvard Business School. He received his PhD in economics and management from the University of Padova in 2007.

Marco’s research focuses on the heterogeneity of time, risk, and social preferences, and how these preferences change during childhood and adolescence. He also investigates how cognitive abilities interact with these preferences. As part of the KIDS project funded by the Carlsberg Foundation, Marco has organized and coordinated several lab-in-the-field experiments in Danish primary schools. He has also led a team of researchers studying how behavioral insights can promote healthy aging in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen’s Center for Healthy Aging (CEHA). Marco has been awarded several grants for his research and teaching initiatives as Principal Investigator.

Marco has published papers in prestigious, refereed journals such as the American Economic Review, European Economic Review, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Economics Letters, Plos One, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. He has also published in specialized field journals including Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Perspectives on Psychological Science, and Review of Behavioral Economics. In addition to his academic publications, Marco has written book chapters and policy reports. His research has been cited over 2000 times by other scientific papers and has been featured in several newspapers and magazines, including The New Yorker, The Financial Times, Businessweek, Washington Post, Daily Mail, books and many international blogs.

Marco has presented his work at numerous academic seminars, conferences, and workshops around the world, as well as at events organized to facilitate discussion with the general public. He has an international network of co-authors from prestigious universities such as Harvard, Chicago, NYU, UCL, Copenhagen, Vienna, Madrid, Bologna, and Lund. Throughout his career, he has also visited prestigious universities and institutions around the world. Marco has organized several conferences and workshops, and has invited scholars to give seminars, visit, and teach advanced courses at his institution.

Marco is a member of the Economics Department Board of the University of Verona and actively participates in various hiring committees and focus groups to improve scientific quality and research outcomes. Recently, the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) recognized his department as one of the best in Italian universities. Marco serves as Scientific Project Manager, responsible for planning, launching, directing, monitoring, and controlling this project. Previously, he was the Director of the Centre for Experimental Economics and a member of the Center of Economic Behavior and Inequality (CEBI) at the University of Copenhagen. He also participated in the CEHA Steering Committee and the Research Ethics Committee.

Marco has taught a variety of courses at all levels (bachelor, master, and PhD), primarily in microeconomics, behavioral economics, and experimental economics. Recently, he began offering a course for PhD students on how to plan their PhD in economics and consider their future career. Marco has supervised and mentored Assistant Professors, postdoctoral researchers, PhD students, and numerous master’s and bachelor’s students. He also created and supervised a weekly lab meeting (TRIBE) on research in behavioral economics and its applications. For his teaching activity, Marco was nominated for the “Harald of the Year” award in 2015, 2017, and 2018, and his lab meeting was nominated for the “Study Environment Award.”

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Research interests
Topic Description Research area
JEL C91 - Laboratory, Individual Behavior Design and analysis of laboratory experiments to study heterogeneity of individual behaviors, both in conditions of certainty and uncertainty and in cases involving risk. These experiments help to develop models with greater explanatory and forecasting power compared to those formulated by traditional economic theory. Behavioural and Experimental Economics
Design of Experiments
JEL C92 - Laboratory, Group Behavior Analysis and design of laboratory experiments to study the behavior of individuals in contexts of strategic interaction to; (i) identify the role of social preferences in the presence of economic incentives, (ii) study individuals attitude towards cooperation in the contexts of a so-called "social dilemma" (such as the private provision of public goods) and (iii) proposing mechanisms to solve the dilemma. Experimental analysis of the role of communication in the context of strategic interaction and study of the role of the social influence of agents within networks. Behavioural and Experimental Economics
Design of Experiments
JEL C93 - Field Experiments Evaluation and study of the impact and causal effects of policy interventions or projects through field experiments. Focus, in particular,  on the studies related to the evaluation of how information can affect the demand and willingness to pay for fair trade products, on the adoption of renewable energy and on the propensity to vaccinate. Study of the effects of language on economic decisions and on the adoption of cooperative behavior. Evaluation of the effects of incentive schemes in the context of health and environmental policies. Behavioural and Experimental Economics
Design of Experiments
JEL D91 - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making Cover studies about the role of emotional, psychological, social or cognitive factors on individual choices, also using laboratory experiments. Also studies the consequences of traumatic events on economic behavior (in particular the attitude towards risk) both in the short and in the long term; deception and dishonest behavior; self-control problems. Study of the economic policy impacts of psychological and behavioral aspects in the context of consumption choices, pension savings and investment in education Behavioural and Experimental Economics
Micro-Based Behavioral Economics