Vittorio Pelligra is Associate Professor of Economics (13/A2) and Co-ordinator of the PhD program in Economics and Business. He teaches Economic Policy, Economics of Information and Behavioral Economics. His research interests are experimental and behavioral economics, civil economy and social and cognitive neurosciences. He coordinates the BERG, (Behavioral Economics Research Group) at the University of Cagliari, is research fellow of CRENoS (Centre for North-South Economic Research), is also a member of the scientific Committee of SEC – Scuola di Economia Civile. Vittorio is also co-founder of SmartLab and Wecoop, two companies active in the fields of data science and edutainment.
He contributes to the #MindTheEconomy column, which appears every Sunday in the financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.
Pelligra, V., Vasquez A. (2020). "Empathy in Socially Responsible Consumption: An Experimental Investigation Using the Vote-With-the-Wallet Game", Theory and Decision.
Pelligra, V., Reggiani, T., Zizzo, D.J. (2020). “Responding to (Un)Reasonable Requests by an Authority”, Theory and Decision.
Becchetti, L. Corrado, G., Pelligra, V., Rossetti, F., (in press), “Satisfaction and preferences in a legality social dilemma: Does corporate social responsibility impact consumers’ behaviour?", Journal of Policy Modeling 42(2), pp. 483-502.
Bruni, L., Pelligra, V., Reggiani, T., Rizzolli, M., (2019), “The Pied Piper: Prizes, Incentives, and Motivation Crowding-in“, Journal of Business Ethics.
Frigau, L., Medda, T., Pelligra, V., (2019), “From the Field to the Lab. An Experiment on the Representativeness of Standard Laboratory Subjects”, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics 78, 160–169
- Becchetti, L., Pelligra, V., Salustri, F., (2018), “The Impact of Redistribution Mechanisms in the Vote with the Wallet Game: Experimental Results”, Social Choice and Welfare 51(4), 595–619.
Ph.D. in Economics – University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, Supervisors: Robert Sugden, Shaun Hargreaves-Heap, Chris Starmer,
M.Sc. in Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
B.A. in Economics (Summa cum Laude) – University of Cagliari, ITALY.
Academic positions and affiliations
2019 – Present
Ph.D. program co-ordinator, Department of Economics and Business, University of Cagliari
2016 – Present
Associate Professor in Economics (13/A2), Department of Economics and Business, University of Cagliari
2009 – Present
Invited Professor, ‘Sophia’ International University Institute, Loppiano – Florence
2008 – Present
Co-ordinator BERG (Behavioural Economics Research Group – University of Cagliari)
2006 – Present
Research Fellow CRENoS (Centre for North-South Economic Research)
2002 – 2016
Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Business, University of Cagliari
Administrative and Non-academic positions
2019 – Present
Member of the Gender Budgeting Working Group, University of Cagliari.
2017 – Present
Advisory Council Member of ‘Rumundu.com’
2017 – Present
Member of the Scientific Committee of ‘Sophia Global Studies’ – IUS, Loppiano-Florence.
2017 – Present
Member of the Scientific Committee of ‘Fondazione Casa Museo Antonio Gramsci’.
2013 – Present
Co-founder WECOOP s.r.l
2013 – Present
Member of the Scientific Committee of SEC – Scuola di Economia Civile.
2013 – 2018
Member of the Scientific Committee of Leggendo Metropolitano.
2012 – Present
Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors SMARTLAB s.r.l (University Spin-off)
Further Education and Visiting Positions
Center for Mind-Brain Sciences (CiMEC), The Learning and Decision-Making Group. University of Trento. Visiting Scholar, July 2018.
Summer School on ”Neuroeconomics: ?Recent Advances and Future Directions”. Chicago University, Erice 15-20 June 2014. (Lecturers: Colin Camerer, Paul Glimcher, Rosemarie Nagel, Antonio Rangel, Aldo Rustichini, Wolfram Schultz, Xiao-Jing Wang, et al.)
Summer School on “Why Ethics Isn’t a Behavioral Science”. Trento, 23-28 September 2008. (Lecturers: K.Binmore, M.Dufwemberg, T. Ellingsen, S.Hargreaves-Heap).
Summer School on “Rationality, Game Theory and Contract”. Trento, 1-6 July. (Lecturers: K.Binmore, J.Moore, A.Schwartz)
Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Social preferences, Trust, Empathy, Inequality, Intentionality, Social and Cognitive Neuroscience.
Work in progress
Behavioral Determinants of Italian North-South Divide (with Tommaso Reggiani, Marco Faillo, Luca Corazzini).
Generativy (with Leonardo Becchetti and Luca Corazzini).
Trust, Reciprocity and Menu Dependence (with Tommaso Reggiani and Francesca Craparotta).
Empathy and Social Preference (with Tommaso Reggiani and Alejandra Vasquez).
Invited Seminars, Lectures and Courses (last 5 years)
“From interdependence to intersubjectivity in economics: envy, reciprocity and trust”, invited lecture at the Inter-doctoral Symposium “The city of Desire: A Colloquium on Mimetic Hypothesis and the Production of Space”, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Architecture, University of Cagliari, 3-9/05/2019.
“Dall’interdipendenza all’intersoggettività. Spunti per una visione comportamentale della fraternità in economia”, invited seminar at the workshop “Il principio di fraternità: diritto, economia, filosofia e letteratura in dialogo”, Department of Humanities, University of Trieste, 4-5/12/2018.
“Imparare ad Imparare: il capitale umano non-cognitivo e la trasmissione intergenerazionale della povertà sviluppo individuale e nei percorsi formativi”, invited seminar at the conference “Rapporto Banca d’Italia sull’economia regionale”, Banca d’Italia sede di Cagliari, 13/06/2018.
“El cuidado de las raíces. Confianza y relaciones en la sociedad y en las organizaciones”. Invited lecture at the Pontificia Universidad Bolivariana, Medellin, Colombia, 14/08/2018.
“If the real mission of economy is to promote happiness, why doesn’t today’s economy fulfil this mission?” Invited lecture at the Open Expert Meeting, Thomas More Foundation, ’s-Hertogenbosch (NL), 25/08/2017
“Felicità ed Economia. Indagini sul paradosso della ricchezza di Easterlin”. Invited lecture at the SEC Summer School, Villa Tiberiade, Torre Annunziata (NA), 12-15/07/2017
“Fiducia come Bene Comune”. Invited lecture at the AMEC Summer School, Martina Franca (TA), 28/07/2016.
The Economic Perspective”. Invited plenary lecture at Eco-One International Conference, Budapest, 22/05/2016.
“Lo Sviluppo delle Competenze Decisionali: La Prospettiva della Neuroeconomia”, Invited seminar at “Le frontiere delle neuroscienze” seminars series, Auxilum University, Rome, 11/02/2016.
“The Economics of Other-Regarding Behavior”. Invited plenary lecture at 11ième Seminaire Plenier du GRACE, Lyon, 28/01/2016.
“L’approccio multidisciplinare negli studi clinici e di intervento: la neuroeconomia”, Invited lecture at the course “Metodologia di Base e Nuove Direzioni della Ricerca in Ambito Clinico”, Azienda Ospedaliera “G. Brotzu”
– Centro per i Disturbi Pervasivi dello Sviluppo, Cagliari, 26-27/11/2015.
“Fiducia è Bene Comune”, Invited lecture at the course “Laboratorio di Responsabilità, Etica e Diritto”, Dipartimento di Economia, Management, Istituzioni, Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”, Napoli, 18/11/2015.
“Other-regarding Behaviors in Economics”, invited lecture at the Pan-american EoC Summer School, Vargem Grande Paulista – San Paolo (Brasil) 26-30/10/2015.
“Few Doves in a World of Hawks? How Culture and Social Norms Emerge and Evolve”, invited lecture at the International EoC Summer School, Prague 24-28/08/2015.
“Values, Culture and the Economic System in the Making of a Flourishing Society”, invited lecture at the Pan-african EoC Summer School, Nairobi 22-26/05/2015.
“¿Nuestras decisiones económicas son siempre racionales? ¿Estamos dispuestos a cooperar?” Invited plenary lecture at the conference “La empresa del s. XXI: Una mirada diferente”, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, Universidad de Granada, Granada 04/05/2015.
“Trust as a Common Good”, invited public lecture at the “Contemporary Economic Issues” conference series, University of East Anglia, Norwich (UK), 20/04/2015.
“Decision-making e Comportamenti Economici”, Invited lecture at the course “Nuove Frontiere delle Neuroscienze Sociali dello Sviluppo”, Azienda Ospedaliera “G. Brotzu”
– Centro per i Disturbi Pervasivi dello Sviluppo, Cagliari, 28/11/2014.
e Motivazioni Plurali”, invited lecture at the AVOLAB Summer School “L’impresa civile: natura, motivazioni e prospettive per lo sviluppo di un nuovo Welfare State”, Siracusa 11-14/09/2014.
“Incentives”, invited lecture at the International EoC Summer School, Bruyères-le-Chatel, Paris (France) 26-31/08/2014.
“Games people play. La natura della razionalità e il grande coreografo”, a diaologue with Robert Aumann (Economics Nobel Prize Winner) with Vittorio Pelligra and Armando Massarenti, Cagliari Teatro Civico, 05/06/2014
“La Crisi del Credito è Inevitabile”, invited seminar at the conference “Rapporto Banca d’Italia sull’economia regionale”, Banca d’Italia sede di Cagliari, 13/06/2013.
“The Economics of Pro-Social Behaviour”, invited course CUEA – Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi (Kenya), 16-22/07/2012.
Conferences and Seminars (last 5 years)
“Empathy, Altruism and Strategic Thinking in Simple Economic Games”. Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento, 17/07/2018.
“Empathy, Altruism and Strategic Thinking in Simple Economic Games”. Economic Science Association, World Conference, Berlin, 28/6-1/7/2018.
“Information, belief elicitation and threshold effects in the 5X1000 tax scheme: a framed field experiment”. Science of Philanthropy Initiative 2017 Conference. University of Chicago, 6-7/09/2017.
“Responding to (Un)reasonable Request”. 2nd Workshop on Psychological Game Theory. University of East Anglia, Norwich, 5-6/07/2017.
“Responding to (Un)reasonable Request”. Southern Europe Experimental Team (SEET) Workshop, Cagliari, 2-4/02/2017.
“Responding to (Un)reasonable Request”. Economic Science Association, European Meeting, Bergen, 31/08-3/09/2016.
“Responding to (Un)reasonable Request”. Economic Science Association, World Meeting, Jerusalem, 07-11/07/2016
“Reciprocity of what in a simple trust game”. Sophia Seminar in Economics and Business, ‘Sophia’ International University Institute, 12-13/02/2016.
“Menu (In)Dependence in the Trust Game”. Economic Science Association, European Meeting, Heidelberg, 2-6/09/2015.
“Information and belief elicitation effects on charitable giving: An artefactual field experiment”. Behavioral Science and Policy – Network for the Integrated Behavioral Science Annual Conference, Nottingham, 21-23/04/2015
“Reciprocating Kindness. An Experimental Investigation”. IAREP/SABE Conference, Atlanta, GE, 25-29/07/2013.
“Reciprocating Kindness. An Experimental Investigation”. Economic Science Association, World Meeting, New York, NY, 21-24/06/2012
“Social Preferences, Intentions and Empathy. An experiment with Normally Developing and Autistic Spectrum Disorders Subjects”, CEDEX Seminar, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK, 8/02/2012
Organized Conferences and Seminars
“Happiness, Capabilities, and Opportunities”, HEIRS International Conference 2018, University of Napoli ‘Federico II’ (Naples, 15 – 17 November 2018). Keynote Speakers: Sabine Alkire, Séverine Deneulin, Robert Sugden.
“Prizes and Virtues”, An Interdisciplinary Workshop LUMSA University, (Rome, April 10-11, 2017). Keynote Speakers: Robert Dur, Bruno Frey, Rith Grant, Robert Sudgen)
“Felici per legge? Happiness Economics e Paternalismo Libertario” University of Cagliari, (Cagliari, June 04, 2016). Keynote Speakers: Stefano Bartolini, Francesco Guala.
“Vulnerability and Gift in Economics and Business: An interdisciplinary conference”. ‘Sophia’ International University Institute, HEIRS, GRACE, (Loppiano, Florence, April 22-23, 2016). Keynote Speakers: Erik Borgman, John Milbank, Domenec Melé, Pierre Yves Gomez.
Conference Cycle of the “Tuscany Towards Expo 2015” Project
Conference 1: ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS THE FUTURE (Firenze, January 17, 2015). Keynote Speakers: Richard Wilkinson, Vandana Shiva, Stefano Bartolini, John De Graaf, Francesco Sarracino, Tim Kasser, Colin Crouch.
Conference 2: FIRMS’ GOVERNANCE AND WELL-BEING AT THE WORKPLACE (Firenze, January 24, 2015). Keynote Speakers: Anouk Grevin, Helena A. Marujo, Francesco Sarracino, Arne L. Kalleberg.
Conference 3: BIODIVERSITY AND FORMS OF ENTERPRISES (Firenze, January 30, 2015). Keynote Speakers: Stefano Zamagni, André Habish, Luigino Bruni.
Conference 4: CIVIL ECONOMY AND PUBLIC HAPPINESS (Firenze, January 31, 2015). Keynote Speakers: Bruno Frey, Ruut Veenhoven, Jennifer Nedelsky.
“Economic Theology, Theological Economics: An interdisciplinary conference”. LUMSA University (Rome, May 20-21, 2014). Keynote Speakers: Paul Olsington, Adrian Pabst, John Mildbank, Robert H. Nelson, Tomáš Sedlá?ek, Giacomo Todeschini.
“Il mercato siamo noi”. University of Cagliari, Auditorium Comunale (Cagliari, June 8, 2013). Keynote Speakers: Leonardo Becchetti, Fernando Boero, Tiziano, Luigino Bruni, Alessandra Smerilli , Stefano Zamagni, Chiara Giaccardi.
“Public Happiness”. LUMSA University, University of Milan-Bicocca, University of Rome- or Vergata, St. Thomas Aquinas University, Rome, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences. (Rome, 4-5 June, 2013). Keynote Speakers: Bruno Frey, Ruut Veenhoven, Carol Ryff, Robert Sugden, Alois Stutzer, Nicholas Theocharakis.
“Market and Happiness. Do economic interactions crowd out civic virtues and human capabilities?”. University of Milan-Bicocca (Milan, June 8-9, 2011). Keynote Speakers: Martha Nussbaum, Bruno Frey, Irene Van Staveren, Robert Sugden, Stefano Zamagni, Enrico Giovannini.
“Reciprocity: Theories and Facts”. University of Milan-Bicocca, University of Cagliari, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences (Verbaina, February 22-24, 2007). Keynote Speakers: James Andreoni, Cristina Bicchieri, Jon Elster, Armin Falk, Simon Gächter, Vittorio Gallese, Herbert Gintis, Russell Hardin, Kevin A. McCabe, Aldo Rustichini, Joel Sobel.
“The Paradoxes of Happiness In Economics”. University of Milan-Bicocca (Milan, 21-23 March, 2003). Keynote Speakers: Robert Frank, Richard Easterlin, Luigi Pasinetti, Roberto Scazzieri, Daniel Kahneman.
Applied Economics, Ejournal-economics, International Journal of Happiness and Development, International Review of Economics, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Theory and Decision, Il Mulino, Edgar Elgar, Cambridge University Press, McGraw-Hill.
Advanced Microeconomics (Cagliari)
Behavioral and Experimental Economics (Cagliari)
Economics of Information (Cagliari)
Behavioral Economics (Cagliari)
Advanced Microeconomics (Cagliari)
Game Theory (Cagliari)
Decision Theory (Cagliari)
Economics of the Welfare State (Cagliari)
Economics of Information and Innovation (IUS, Florence)
Game Theory and Cooperative Behaviour (IUS, Florence)
Game Theory and Organizations (Milan-Bicocca)
Economic Policy (Cagliari)
2019 – Present
Ph.D. programme co-ordinator, Department of Economics and Business, University of Cagliari
2018 – 2019
Member of the teaching committee (collegio dei docenti) of the PhD program in “Ecogastronomy, Education and Society”, University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, Bra.
2012 – present
Member of the teaching committee (collegio dei docenti) of the PhD program in “Economics”,‘Sophia’ International University Institute, Florence.
2014 – 2017
PhD Course in Advanced Microeconomics (Behavioral and Experimental Economics), University of Cagliari and Sassari.
2014 – 2017
Member of the teaching committee (collegio dei docenti) of the PhD program in “Sciences of Civil Economy”, LUMSA University, Rome.
Francesca Craparotta (University of Cagliari and Sassari, completed 2019)
Alejandra Vasquez (University of Cagliari and Sassari, completed 2017. Now Post-doc at the Universidad Mayor, Santiago del Chile, Chile)
Tiziana Medda (University of Cagliari and Sassari, completed 2016. Now Post-doc at the University “La Sapienza”, Roma)
Giampietro Parolin (‘Sophia’ International University Institute, Florence, completed 2015. Now University of Padua)
Stefania Sitzia (University of Cagliari and Sassari, completed 2013. Now Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia)
Competitive Research Grants (as P.I.)
2016 Research Grant for Fundamental Research (RAS L.R.7/2006) (62.000 Euros)
2012 Research Award (RAS) (10.000 Euros)
2010 Research Grant for Fundamental Research (RAS L.R.7/2006) (31.700 Euros)
2009 Research Grant for Young Researchers (Università di Cagliari) (10.000 Euros)