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Eugenio Proto's Mug ShotAssociate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Warwick, UK
Research Focus: Applied Economics, Behavioral Economics,Labor Economics , Development Economics, Political Economy, Economic Growth.

Professional Profile: Eugenio Proto is Associate Professor at the University of Warwick and research associate at the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE). He earned the PhD in Economics at ECARES, Université libre de Bruxelles.
Professor Proto's exchange and visiting activities include IZA-Bonn in 2011, University of Minnesota in 2010 , BOFIT, Bank of Finland, July in 2004, University of Stockholm in 2004 and ENTER, University College of London, UK, twice 2001. He teaches both graduate level and undergraduate level courses.
Professor Proto has received numerous honours and awards for his work. Amongst this, he was awarded:

  • the ESRC Grant R.ECAA.3037 Happiness Economics and Neuronomics
  • the CAGE Research Grant, University of Warwick, Research RDF grant RD0616
  • the University of Turin, Grant for Studying Abroad
  • the Master Coripe Full Research Grant
His research has been published extensively in leading international academic journals, such as, Review of Economics and Statistics, Jounal of Labor Economics, Jornal of Development Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Experimental Economics, among many others.
Moreover, his research is regularily featured or chronicled in international leading newspapers and magazins like the Economist, the Washinghton Post, Businessweek, The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Telepgraph, Forbes, The Globe and the Mail, Frankufurter Allgemeine, La Repubblica, La Stampa pubblicating his work on-line for policy portals like Vox.EU and British Politics and Polocy. Professor Proto's width of interests makes him a frequent interviewied guest in various radio programms of RAI and BBC.
Eugenio Proto is a dynamic and clear speaker, often invited to talk on conferences and meetings such as, the World Bank Workshop: Mind and Culture: The Behavioral and Social Foundations of Economic Development – From Research Framework to Practice, Berlin 2013, the OECD Workshop: How can Subjective Well-being Indices Inform Labor Policy? Paris 2013, the IZA Workshop: Sources of Welfare and Well-Being, Bonn 2011, the NBER Summer Institute, Income Distribution and Macroeconomics Workshop, 2011 and 2005, the European Economic Association Annual Congress, Olso, Austria 2011, the European Economic Association Annual Congress, Vienna, Austria 2006, the European Economic Association Annual Congress, Venice, Italy 2002, the European Economic Association Annual Congress, Santiago de Compostela, Spain 1999, to mention only some of them.
Besides this, he is often invited to hold lectures and seminars at prestigious Universities and Istitutions around the world, such as, London School of Economics, Bocconi University, Paris School of Economics, University of Oxford, Bank of England, University of Bristol, Universita di Bologna, Universita di Verona, Unversita’ Cattolica di Milano, Universita Statale di Milano, University of Alicante, Royal Holloway, University of Exeter, University of Helsinki, University of Stockholm, Collegio San Carlo/University of Turin, CESF-University of Salerno, Ente Einaudi-Bank of Italy, among others.


  • UniversitÚ Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, ECARES, PhD. in Economics, 2004
  • UniversitÚ Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, Master in Economics 1995-1997
  • University of Turin, Italy, Master in Economics 1994-1995
  • UniversitÓ Commerciale L. Bocconi, Milan, Italy, Bachelor in Economics 1989-1993



Selected Publications:
  • Happiness and Productivity (joint with Andrew Oswald and Daniel Sgroi), this version December 2013, Journal of Labor Economics, forthcoming.

  • “A Reassessment of the Relation Between GDP and Life Satisfaction” (joint with Aldo Rustichini), 27 November 2013, PLOS ONE
  • “Smithian Growth Through Creative Organization” (Joint with Partick Legros and Andrew Newman), January 2013, Review of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming "Individual Welfare and Subjective Well-Being: Comments on 'Subjective Well-Being, Income, Economic Development and Growth by Daniel W.Sacks, Betsey Stevenson, and Justin Wolfers'' " (Joint with Peter Hammond and Federica Liberini) in Claudia Sepulveda, Ann Harrison, and Justin Yifu Lin (eds.) ABCDE 2011: Development Challenges in a Postcrisis World, (Washington, DC: World Bank, 2013) pp. 339--353.
  • “Are Happiness and Productivity Lower among Young People with Newly-Divorced Parents? An Experimental and Econometric Approach” (joint with Andrew Oswald and Daniel Sgroi), Experimental Economics, Volume 15, Issue 1 (2012), Page 1-23 (Leading Article).
  • “Moral Hazard, Entrepreneurial Misallocation and the Natural Resource Curse” (joint with Carlo Perroni), Journal of Development Economics, 93 (2010), pp. 63–70
  • “Democracy, Collective Action and Intra-elite Conflict” (joint with Sayantan Ghosal), Journal of Public Economics, Volume 93 (2009), pp. 1078-1089