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Roberta Dessí

August 2012

Address IDEI, Toulouse School of Economics, Manufacture des Tabacs,

Aile Jean-Jacques Laffont,

21 Allée de Brienne, 31000 Toulouse France.

Telephone +33-(0)5 61 12 86 26

E-mail roberta.dessi@tse-fr.eu


Associate Professor of Economics, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE). Research Affiliate, Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London. Research Associate, Institut d’Economie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse.

International Research Fellow, Centre for Research in Microeconomics, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.

Member of Institute for Advanced Studies in Toulouse (IAST). Research interests :


Industrial Organisation Behavioural Economics Experimental Economics Economics and Psychology HIGHER EDUCATION

Ph.D.(Economics), University of Cambridge. M.Sc.(Economics), London School of Economics. B.A.(Economics), M.A., University of Cambridge. PREVIOUS ACADEMIC POSITIONS

Assistant Professor of Economics, Université de Toulouse 1

TMR Research Fellow, IDEI, Toulouse (Programme: “The industrial organisation of banking and financial markets”. Director: Jean Tirole)


Research Fellow, Financial Markets Group, London School of Economics

Junior Research Officer, Department of Applied Economics, University of Cambridge (ESRC-funded project on “The econometric analysis of household behaviour and living standards in China”).


Research grant (principal investigator) from ANR (Agence Nationale de la

Recherche). Project title : « Understanding organisations – the complex interplay of incentives and identity ». 2009-2012.

Research grant from PRES Toulouse. Project title: “Economic and psychological perspectives on cooperation and trust”. 2008-2010.

Awarded secondment to CNRS (Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique) through national competition in June 2005 and again in June 2006

RESEARCH Research Activities

Referee for: American Economic Review, American Economic Journal:

Microeconomics, Economic Journal, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Public Economics, Management Science, PLoS ONE, Rand Journal of Economics, Research in Economics, Review of Economic Studies, Review of Financial Studies.

Member of TSE Research Ethics Committee (since 2012).

Member of Cambridge Experimental and Behavioural Economics Group (CEBEG) Steering Committee (since 2012).

Organiser of Symposium on Incentives and Identity in Organizations, Toulouse, June 2012.

Organiser of Behavioural and Experimental Economics (BEE) Research Group, Toulouse School of Economics (since 2008).

Organiser of BEE Workshop on Neuroeconomics and Psychology, Toulouse, June 2009.

Organiser of the ENABLE-Russell Sage Symposium on Behavioural Economics held in Toulouse in June 2005 (with Jean Tirole, Roland Bénabou, Ernst Fehr, David Laibson and Klaus Schmidt)

Organiser of the ENABLE-Russell Sage Summer Institute in Economics and


Fehr, David Laibson and Klaus Schmidt)

Team leader of the Toulouse ENABLE (European Network for the Advancement of Behavioural Economics) team (June 2004-June 2005).

Organiser of Toulouse BEE seminar (2008-2011)

Organiser of Toulouse internal (general) seminar (with Anna Creti and Yolande Hiriart) (2001-2007)

Organiser of Toulouse Economic Theory seminar (with Thomas Mariotti) (2001-2002).

Organiser of the conference “Start-up Finance and Venture Capital” (with Antoine Faure-Grimaud), FMG, London School of Economics (1998).


The Impact of Venture Capital on Innovation, (with Nina Yin), in D. Cumming (ed.) Oxford

Handbook of Venture Capital, Oxford University Press (2012).

Venture Capitalists, Monitoring and Advising, (2010), in D. Cumming (ed.) Venture Capital:

Investment Strategies, Structures and Policies, Wiley.

Collective Memory, Cultural Transmission and Investments, (2008), American Economic

Review, 98(1), 534-560.

Start-up Finance, Monitoring and Collusion, RAND Journal of Economics, vol. 36, n.2, Summer 2005, 255-274.

Debt, Incentives and Performance: Evidence from UK Panel Data (with Donald Robertson),

Economic Journal, vol.113, 2003, 1-17.

Implicit Contracts, Managerial Incentives and Financial Structure, Journal of Economics and

Management Strategy, vol. 10, n. 3, 2001, 359-390.

Working Papers

Network Cognition (2012), CEPR Discussion Paper 8732 (with Edoardo Gallo and Sanjeev Goyal).

Innovation, Spillovers and Venture Capital Contracts (2012), CEPR Discussion Paper 8731. Work for Image and Work for Pay (2011), IDEI Working Paper 683 (with Aldo Rustichini). Self-Esteem, Shame and Personal Motivation (2011), CEPR Discussion Paper 8722 (with Xiaojian Zhao).


Discussion Paper 7413.

Two is Company, N is a Crowd? Merchant Guilds and Social Capital, (2009), (with Salvatore Piccolo), CEPR Discussion Paper 7374.

Social Capital and Collusion: The Case of Merchant Guilds”, CESIfo Working Paper No.

1037 (with Sheilagh Ogilvie).

Household Saving and Wealth in China: Some Evidence from Survey Data”, Department of

Applied Economics Working Paper 9112, University of Cambridge.

Income, Occupation and Education in China, Department of Applied Economics Working

Paper 9107, University of Cambridge.

Current work already presented at conferences and seminars

Noblesse Oblige? Moral Identity and Prosocial Behavior in the Face of Selfishness (with Benoît Monin)

Charitable Giving, Self-Image and Personality (with Carlos Cueva)

When to Pay More: Status and Culture in Principal-Agent Interactions (with Josepa Miquel-Florensa)

Cooperation, Identity and Reputation (with Giuseppe Attanasi and Donald Robertson) TEACHING (recent)

Lecture courses

Corporate Finance (Theory), Master Applied Corporate Finance, Master

Banking and Financial Intermediation, Master Behavioral and Experimental Economics, PhD The Economics of Identity and Culture, PhD Microeconomics (undergraduates)

Macroeconomics (undergraduates)


2012: Royal Economic Society Conference, Cambridge. CEPR conference on The Economics of Interactions and Culture, Rome. Fourth Workshop of the Paul Woolley Research Initiative, Toulouse. Symposium on Incentives and Identity in

Organizations, Toulouse. CIFAR/SIIWB and IAST joint workshop, Toulouse. 2011: MOVE Workshop on Venture Capital, Barcelona. Invited seminars: EUI, Florence; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; National University of Singapore.


2010: European Science Foundation Workshop on Information and Behaviour in Networks, Nuffield College, Oxford. University of Frankfurt Workshop on

Organizational Economics, Bad Homburg. Invited seminars: University of Munich, University of Zurich.

2009: BEE Workshop on Neuroeconomics and Psychology, Toulouse.

2008: European Summer Symposium in Economic Theory (ESSET), Gerzensee. 2007: Invited seminar, University of Southampton

2006: Invited seminars: London School of Economics and IDEI, Toulouse. 2005: ENABLE-Russell Sage Symposium on Behavioural Economics, Toulouse. Conference in tribute to Jean-Jacques Laffont, Toulouse.

2004: Conference on Theoretical Perspectives on Identity, Community and Economic Policy, Barcelona.

2003: RTN workshop on Competition Policy in International Markets, Toulouse. Invited seminars: University of Munich and IDEI, Toulouse.

2001: European Meeting of the Econometric Society (Lausanne). European Economic Association Meeting (Lausanne). European Financial Management Association Meeting (Lugano).

2000: European Financial Association Meeting (London Business School). Invited seminars: University of Oxford, University of Lausanne, IDEI, Toulouse. IDEI-INRA conference, Toulouse.

1999: CEPR workshop on Banking and Financial Markets, Barcelona. Invited seminars: IDEI, Toulouse, University of Barcelona (Pompeu Fabra).

1998: European Financial Association Meeting (INSEAD). Conference on Start-up Finance and Venture Capital, LSE.


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