Nicola Lacetera


Welcome to my research page. I am an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, and a fellow at the  National Bureau of Economic Research, the Institute for Management and Innovation, CESifo, and Behavioural Economics in Action @ Rotman.
My research concerns the ethical constraints to markets, the motivations for altruistic behavior, and various topics in industrial and innovation economics.  

Working papers and current research

  • 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 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).


Published and forthcoming papers (click on titles to open)

  • Economic development and the Regulation of Morally Contentious Activities (with Julio J. Elias, Mario Macis and Paola Salardi), American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings forthcoming.


        Other publications


    Note: All published articles are the sole copyright of the respective publishers. Materials are provided for educational use only. Downloading of materials constitutes an agreement that the materials are for personal use only. Also, most of the data used in the studies reported above are part of proprietary or confidential datasets. Researchers interested in these data can contact me to make arrangements on how to access and use the data.