Professor Fabio Tufano

Professor in Applied Micreconomics

School/Department: Business, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2901


Address: School of Business Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting University of Leicester Brookfield | 2.02 Mallard House | 266 London Road | Leicester | LE2 1RQ | UK



I am currently a Professor of Applied Microeconomics at the University of Leicester School of Business.
Before joining the University of Leicester, I was an Associate Professor of Economics at the Nottingham School of Economics and Deputy Director of the Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics (CeDEx).

As an applied micro-economist, I use a combination of theoretical and multi-disciplinary insights as well as experimental and observational data to study human behaviour and decision-making.

My main research interests are in the areas of behavioural and experimental economics.

I have published a range of papers including articles in the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, Experimental Economics, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organisation and Management Science.

To download my CV and learn more about my academic journey visit my personal website



My current research agenda is structured around the following five main lines of inquiry: (i.) creativity, economics of science and reproducibility; (ii.) social identity, cohesion, and economic behaviour; (iii.) the economics of equity, diversity, and inclusion; (iv.) stability and robustness of economic preferences; (v.) cooperation in social dilemmas.

To learn more about my research activity and download my published and forthcoming papers visit my personal website



Selected publications

  • Simon Gächter, Chris Starmer and Fabio Tufano (forthcoming). Measuring “Group Cohesion” to Reveal the Power of Social Relationships in Team Production. Review of Economics and Statistics.
  • Despoina Alempaki, Emina Canic, Timothy Mullett, William Skylark, Chris Starmer, Neil Stewart and Fabio Tufano (2019). Re-examining How Utility and Weighting Functions Get their Shapes: A Quasi-adversarial Collaboration Providing a New Interpretation. Management Science, 65 (10), 4841-4862. DOI:
  • Zacharias Maniadis, Fabio Tufano and John A. List (2017). To Replicate or Not To Replicate? Exploring Reproducibility in Economics through the Lens of a Model and a Pilot Study. Economic Journal, 127 (605), F209-F235. DOI:
  • Zacharias Maniadis, Fabio Tufano and John A. List (2014). One Swallow Doesn’t Make a Summer: New Evidence on Anchoring Effects. American Economic Review, 104 (1), 277-290. DOI:
  • Fabio Tufano (2010). Are ‘True’ Preferences Revealed in Repeated Markets? Experimental Demonstration of Context-dependent Valuations. Experimental Economics, 13 (1), 1-13. DOI:

The complete list of my publications is available at where you may also download all my published and forthcoming papers.


In general, I am driven by the desire to foster our understanding of human behaviour, and I would be happy to supervise in any area where behavioural insights and experimentation may help advance our economic understanding.


  • EC1025 Contemporary Issues in Economics, Finance and Business

Press and media

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