Alain Cohn

Associate Professor of Information at the University of Michigan School of Information

Email: adcohn [at]

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I am a Behavioral Economist who uses (mostly) field experiments to study human behavior. My research seeks understand the social and psychological determinants of economic behaviors, such as honesty, social behavior, and risk-taking. More recently, I began to examine when and why we motivate our beliefs and how this can affect behavior. My research has been published in economics and finance journals such as American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies and Review of Financial Studies. Some of my work has been published in general interest journals such as Nature, Science, and PNAS.