Stefania Ottone


Associate Professor – Economics Department of Economics, Management and Statistics

Research activities and skills

She is involved in an ERC project (2012-2017) focusing on an experimental analysis of tax compliance in different countries. Moreover, she is involved in several research projects in the fields of economic rationality, reciprocity, economic ethics (with an application to game theory), experimental economics (especially on topics like sanctions as a mechanism for the enforcement of social norms and the study of welfare state from a behavioural approach), law & economics and neuro-economics.

Most Relevant Publication

(with G. Andrighetto, N. Zhang, F. Ponzano, J. D'Attoma, S. Steinmo), “Are some countries more honest than others? Evidence from a tax compliance experiment in Sweden and Italy”, Frontiers in Psychology, 2016, 7:472

(with N. Zhang, G. Andrighetto, F. Ponzano, S. Steinmo), 2016. “Willing to Pay? Tax Compliance in Britain and Italy: An Experimental Analysis”, PLoS ONE, 2016, 11(2) 

(with L. Sacconi), “Beni comuni, economia comportamentale ed istituzioni”, in L. Sacconi, S. Ottone (eds.), Beni comuni e cooperazione: una prospettiva etica, economica e giuridica’, Bologna,  Il Mulino, 2015

(with E. Lo Gerfo), ‘Neuroeconomics’ (voce per ‘Real-World Decision Making: An Encyclopedia of Behavioral Economics’, 2015, ABC-CLIO, LLC

(with P. Lewisch, F. Ponzano), “Third-Party Punishment under Judicial Review: An Economic Experiment on the Effects of a Two-Tier Punishment System”, Review of Law and Economics, 2015, 11, pp. 209-230

(with M. Faillo, L. Sacconi), “The social contract in the lab. An experimental analysis of self- enforcing impartial agreements”, Public Choice, 163, pp. 225-246

(with F. Ponzano, L. Zarri), “Power to the People? An Experimental Analysis of Bottom-Up Accountability of Third-Party Institutions”, Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, 2015, 31, pp. 347-382

(with A. Pisoni, E. Lo Gerfo, F. Ponzano, L. Zarri, L.J. Romero Lauro), “Fair play doesn't matter: MEP modulation as a neurophysiological signature of status quo bias in economic interactions”, NeuroImage, 2014, 101, 150-158

 (with L. Becchetti, G. Degli Antoni, N. Solferino), “Allocation criteria under task performance: The gendered preference for protection”, Journal of Socio-Economics, 2013, 45, pp. 96-111