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Staff Biography

[Photo: Maria COTOFAN] Dr. Maria COTOFAN
Research Economist - Wellbeing
Email: m.a.cotofan@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: 32L 2.24 C  

Curriculum Vitae PDF 

Expertise: Wellbeing, Applied Microeconomics, Behavioral Economics, Labor Economics, Education Economics


I joined the CEP as a Research Economist in April 2020, working in the Wellbeing group. I am an applied microeconomist with an interest in wellbeing, behavioral economics, and labor economics. In my most recent project, I am studying why individual wellbeing differs across occupations, and how this relates to different work attributes and, more generally, to the real level of income inequality. My other research tries to explain global differences in preferences and attitudes by looking at the role that early life experiences play in their formation. I am also interested in the effects of non-pecuniary incentives on effort and performance, and in how they relate to worker preferences and social norms in the workplace.

Current Areas of Research:

Individual wellbeing and how it relates to work and income inequality

Early life experiences and the formation of preferences and attitudes

Non-monetary incentives and performance


  • Phd in Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam (2020)
  • MPhil in Economics, Tinbergen Institute (2016)

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

  • The Tinbergen Institute
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam

Selected Publications: