University of Toronto, Canada
IZA World of Labor role
Associate Professor of Management, University of Toronto—Mississauga
Motivations for altruistic behavior, ethical constraints to markets, industrial and innovation economics.
Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research; Faculty Fellow, Canadian Centre for Health Economics; Faculty Lead, I-CUBE business accelerator, Institute for Management and Innovation, University of Toronto—Mississauga
PhD, MIT Sloan School, 2006
“Sacred values? The effect of information on attitudes toward payments for human organs.” American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 105:5 (2015): 361–65 (with J. Elias and M. Macis).
“Would you buy a Honda made in the U.S.? The effect of production location on manufacturing quality.” Review of Economics and Statistics 97:4 (2015): 855–876 (with J. Sydnor).
“Economic rewards to motivate blood donations.” Science 340:6135 (2013): 927–28 (with M. Macis and R. Slonim).
“Heuristic thinking and limited attention in the car market.” American Economic Review 102:5 (2012): 2206–2236 (with D. Pope and J. Sydnor).
“Incentives and problem uncertainty in innovation contests: An empirical analysis.” Management Science 57:5 (2011): 843–863 (with K. Boudreau and K. Lakhani).
Economic incentives can motivate prosocial behavior, but may shift attention away from valuable altruistic activitiesNicola Lacetera, February 2016Early studies often found that offering economic incentives for undertaking prosocial and intrinsically motivated activities can crowd out motivation to perform these activities. More recent work highlights nuanced and important features related to whether crowding out (or substitution) is likely to occur. In many cases, incentives succeed in encouraging more prosocial behavior and are also cost-effective. However, although the substitution of external incentives for intrinsic motivation may not be a concern in many contexts, the substitution of one prosocial activity for another or shifts in activities over time or location may warrant further attention.MoreLess