Eugenio Proto

University of Bristol, UK, and IZA, Germany

IZA Word of Labor is a very useful tool to foster the impact of academic research into the real word. This is an extremely important goal, because I firmly believe that the research in economics should ultimately contribute to everybody’s wellbeing

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics at University of Bristol, UK (January 2018 to present)

Research interest

Applied economics, behavioral economics, experimental economics, development economics

Past positions

Associate Professor in Economics at University of Warwick, UK (September 2008–December 2017); Lecturer in Economics at University of Warwick (September 2003–September 2008); Lecturer in Economics at University of Bristol (September 2002–September 2003); Assistant at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (September 1997–September 2003)


PhD Economics, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 2004

Selected publications

  • “National happiness and genetic distance: A cautious exploration.” Economic Journal (Forthcoming) (with A. Oswald).

  • “Smithian growth through creative organization.” Review of Economics and Statistics 96:5 (2014): 796–811 (with P. Legros and A. Newman).

  • “Happiness and productivity.” Journal of Labor Economics 33:4 (2015): 789–822 (with A. Oswald and D. Sgroi).

  • “Anonymity, efficiency wages and technological progress.” Journal of Development Economics (Forthcoming) (with S. Broadberry and S. Ghosal).

  • “Democracy, collective action and intra-elite conflict.” Journal of Public Economics 93 (2009): 1078–1089 (with S. Ghosal).

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