Behavior, Institutions and Development


The group Behavior, Institutions, and Development brings together TSE researchers working on:

- economic development and the evolution of institutions underpinning market exchange;

- the origins, history, and evolving role of a broader set of institutions, such as political systems, cultures, ideologies and religions, and the family, with a focus on their implications for economic resource allocation;

- beliefs, perception, identity, and emotions; pro-social preferences and moral attitudes, and their evolutionary foundations.

Their research spans the fields of microeconomic theory, development economics, labor economics, law and economics, political economy, economic history, behavioral economics, experimental economics, economic psychology, evolutionary game theory, and high-dimensional econometrics.

Applied work is based on analysis of data from field studies, historical data, institutional sources (including administrative data from firms, NGOs, judiciaries and ministries), web surveys, laboratory and field experiments, and webscraping.




The group's activities include a weekly research seminar, a bi-weekly graduate workshop, and conferences on specific themes.

While focusing on Economics, several members of the group also interact on a regular basis with the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, which hosts researchers from other disciplines (Law, Political Science, History, Psychology, and Evolutionary Anthropology and Biology).