Nicola Lacetera

lcome to
 my web page. I am an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, chief scientist at 
Behavioural Economics in Action @ Rotman, research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research,  
and a fellow at  
CESifo, the U of T Centre for Ethics, the Canadian Centre for Health Economics, and the 
Bureau of Research on Innovation, Knowledge and Complexity
My research concerns the ethical constraints to markets, the motivations for altruistic behavior, and various topics in industrial and innovation economics.    
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Working papers and current research
  • Moral NIMBYism in contested commodities (with Mario Macis), in preparation for Law & Contemporary Problems
  • Motivating Cord Blood Donations (with Daniela Grieco and Mario Macis).
  • Enhancing Organ Donor Registration Rates through Strengthening ServiceOntario Customer Representatives’ Motivations: Observational Studies and Field Interventions (with Julian House, Audrey Laporte, Mario Macis, Frank Markel and Nina Mazar).
  • Altruism, Ethics and Markets: A Behavioral and Neuroscientific Experimental Study (with Mario Macis, Vikram Chib and Jeffrey Kahn).
  • Stereotype Threats, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (with Sonia Kang and Mario Macis).
  • Public Discourse and the Evolution of Science and Technology: A Text-Analysis Approach (with Michela Giorcelli and Astrid Marinoni).
  • The Making of Moral Repugnance (with Lisa Kramer).


Published and forthcoming papers (click on titles to open)

  • Understanding Repugnance: Implications for Public Policy (with Julio J. Elias and Mario Macis), World Medical & Health Policy, forthcoming.


        Other publications


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