Dr Stefania Innocenti

Dr Stefania Innocenti

I earned a Bachelor in Development Economics and a Master in Economics from the University of Florence in Italy. I worked for nearly two years at the European University Institute and at the University of Florence. I next moved to Geneva to work for the UN International Labour Office and then back to Rome as a consultant at the Italian Ministry of Economics and Finance. I undoubtedly gained very valuable experience but felt the need to pursue a more theoretical route and develop my own research project. Thus, in September 2012, I joined Maastricht University and United Nations University MERIT where I started my Ph.D. dissertation. Over the academic year 2016-2017, I was a Junior Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Experimental Social Sciences at Nuffield College (Oxford University). I joined St Peter’s College as a Stipendiary Lecturer in Economics in October 2017. 


At St Peter’s, I teach Prelims Microeconomics to first year students in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. In Maastricht instead I taught International Economics to second year economics students, and a master level course on Intellectual Property Rights in Networks. Over time, I have supervised several undergraduate students in the writing of their final capstone papers. I also gave guest lectures on Behavioural Economics and Experimental methods hoping to inspire students to embark on the “behavioural journey”.


My interests are broad and diversified and include behavioural economics, institutional economics, applied econometrics, development economics, mathematical and computational models of social interactions amongst others. My doctoral dissertation lies at the crossroad of economics and social psychology and is devoted to the analysis of the evolution of socio-economic institutions. Its aim was to clarify the role of bounded rationality, self-views, and individual and collective learning as possible drivers of, or impediments to, institutional change. To achieve this goal, I ran a laboratory experiment, elaborated a simple computational model and used panel econometric techniques. I am eager to continue exploring institutional formation and change as well as the effect of cultural heterogeneity on economic decisions and countries’ growth.