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Maria Cotofan.

Maria Cotofan

Visiting Fellow

Expertise: wellbeing, behavioral economics, labor economics


Dr Maria Cotofan is a Lecturer in Economics and Policy at the Department of Political Economy. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Economics Performance at the LSE and an Associate at the Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University. Previously, Maria was a Research Officer at the Centre for Economic Performance (LSE) and she holds a PhD from Erasmus University. She works predominantly in policy evaluation and on topics such as inequality, the effects of deprivation and of poor economic experiences, and the well-functioning of labour markets.

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