Patricio S. Dalton
Associate Professor of Economics
Department of Economics, Tilburg University
Room P 1.124, 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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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 bounded rationality for welfare economics and the link between aspirations and poverty. My experimental research has focused on the effect of poverty on aspirations, productivity, preferences, biases, cognitive functions 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 field experiments to understand the determinants of small-firm growth. In Kenya, I study the adoption of mobile money by small merchants. In Indonesia, I investigate how business skills and aspirations can be fostered by exposing retailers to information about successful peers and in Ghana how the sole fact of measuring production or setting goals can increase productivity of small cassava processors.