Bio and Research Interests

Research interests

Evolution of preferences
Moral and altruistic preferences
Family systems and family ties
Contract theory


Ingela Alger is research director at CNRS and a member of LERNA, IDEI, and IAST. Her research, which has been published in international peer-reviewed journals, focuses on the long run formation of human preferences (motivation), when these are transmitted from generation to generation, and are subject to evolution by way of natural selection. She is particularly interested in preferences that might explain moral and altruistic behaviors, as well as behaviors within the family. She also organizes seminars and conferences at the intersection between economics and biology.

Current position

Senior Researcher CNRS
LERNA member

Grants and awards

2013 - 2016ANR-12-CHEX-0012-01

Articles in a refereed journal


Contributions to books

Working papers