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Ernesto Maria Gavassa-Perez

Teaching Associate,



Ernesto earned his BSc in Economics at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, and has also earned two MSc's; one at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and another one at the University of Nottingham. In 2022, Ernesto earned his PhD in Behavioral Economics at the University of Nottingham.

Ernesto will go to the American (ASSA Annual Meeting) and the European (EJME) Job Markets this fall. For enquiries, please send an email to

You can download Ernesto's CV and Job Market paper from his website:

Expertise Summary


Ernesto's research interests are focused primarily on social behaviour, broadly defined as behaviours taken as an individual that influence other people's payoffs. His aim is to incorporate more realism into assumptions underlying theories of decision-making applied to social behaviour. In that vein, and inspired by the work of David Hume and Adam Smith, in his Job Market Paper Ernesto developed two new theories of moral decision-making. In the near future Ernesto expects to start a research programme in which he can continue to test his new theories against canonical models of other-regarding preferences i) in several games; and ii) in a cross-cultural perspective.


During his PhD studies, Ernesto served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Graduate Teaching Fellow for four years at the University of Nottingham, earning two annual Graduate Teaching Excellence awards. He taught Econometrics, Industrial Organisation, Macroeconomic Theory, Mathematical Economics, and Microeconomic Theory. Currently he is a Teaching Associate at the School of Economics and a Visiting Teaching Affiliate at the Business School in University of Nottingham.

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University of Nottingham
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Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

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