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
My research lies in the intersection between poverty, psychology and decision-making using both formal models and experiments in the laboratory and the field. My theoretical work addresses the implications of decision-making biases for welfare economics and the link between psychology and poverty. My experimental research has focused on the effect of different aspects of the condition of poverty on aspirations, productivity, preferences, beliefs, biases, emotions, cognitive function and rationality. I also study the effect of goal setting on productivity, of moral support on behavior 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 and how mobile improves their access to finance. In Indonesia, I investigate how small business growth can be fostered by curating and distributing knowledge of successful local practices. In Ghana, I test how the sole fact of setting mere goals can increase labor supply of rural workers. Funded by an ESRC-DFID grant, I am currently working on an RCT in India to empower parents to make their children's school more accountable.