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Maria Cotofan.

Maria Cotofan

Research Economist

Expertise: wellbeing, behavioral economics, labor economics


Dr Maria Cotofan is a Research Economist in the Centre for Economic Performance and a Research Associate at the Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University. In her most recent work, she is studying how individual wellbeing relates to the real levels of labour market and of spatial inequality. Her other research tries to explain global differences in preferences and attitudes by looking at the role that early life experiences play in their formation and she has also conducted research on the effects of non-pecuniary incentives on effort and performance.

Current areas of research include:

  • Wellbeing: The role of local policies in spatial wellbeing inequality; The consequences of spatial wellbeing inequality for voting behaviour; Labour market inequality and the role of non-pecuniary work aspects
  • Labour Economics: Effects of incentives on effort and performance; Worker preferences and social norms in the workplace.
  • Behavioural Economics: Preferences and attitudes formation; The role of early-life experiences