Patricio S. Dalton
Associate Professor of Economics
Department of Economics, Tilburg University
Room K-315, PO Box 90153, 5000 LE, Tilburg, NL
Phone (office): +31 13 466 4032
email: p.s.dalton AT uvt DOT nl
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From June 2019, I was elected Director of the ENTER Network. Click here for more information about ENTER.
My research examines how biological, psychological and social factors influence decision-making, and how decisions affect welfare and economic development. My theoretical work addresses the implications of decision-making biases for welfare economics and the link between aspirations and poverty. My experimental research has focused on the effect of different aspects of the condition of poverty on aspirations, productivity, preferences, biases, cognitive function and rationality. I have also studied the effect of goal setting on productivity, of moral support on performance and of unemployment benefits on labor supply. Most recently, funded by a DFID Grant, I have designed and conducted Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) to understand the constraints of small-firm growth in developing countries. In Kenya, I study the adoption and impact of mobile money by small merchants. In Indonesia, I investigate how small business growth can be fostered by exposing retailers to idiosyncratic information of businesses practices of successful peers. In Ghana, I test how the sole fact of measuring production or setting goals can increase productivity of small informal cassava processors. Funded by an ESRC-DFID grant, I am currently working on an RCT in India to empower marginalised parents to make their children's school more accountable.