Behaviour, Identity and Decisions research cluster

'Identity and Emotions' theme

This strand explores two important intersections between economics/business and psychology.

On the one hand, we look at the social context surrounding individuals to understand how group affiliation and social identity affect choices.

On the other hand, we study how affective states, emotions and happiness affect people’s decision-making.


  • Inmaculada Adarves-Yorno
  • Surajeet Chakravarty
  • Ramon Cobo-Reyes
  • Miguel Fonseca
  • Brit Grosskopf
  • David Guttormsen

Selected publications

  • Charness G., R. Cobo-Reyes and N. Jiménez (2014), “Identities, Selection, and Contributions in a Public-goods Game,” Games and Economic Behavior, 87:322-338.
  • Chakravarty, S., Fonseca, M.A., Ghosh, S. and Marjit, S. 2016. “Religious fragmentation, social identity and cooperation: Evidence from an artefactual field experiment in India.” European Economic Review. doi:10.1016/j.euroecorev.2015.12.006.
  • Chakravarty, S., and Fonseca, M.A. 2015. “Discrimination via Exclusion: An Experiment on Group Identity and Club Goods.” Journal of Public Economic Theory. doi: 10.1111/jpet.12182
  • Chakravarty, S., and Fonseca, M.A. 2014. “The Effect of Social Fragmentation on Public Good Provision: An Experimental Study.” Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, vol. 53, pp. 1-9.
  • Charness, G. and B. Grosskopf, 2001. “Relative Payoffs and Happiness - An Experimental Study,", Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 45, 2001, pp. 301-328.
  • Drouvelis , M. and B. Grosskopf, 2016 “The Effects of Induced Emotions on Prosocial Behaviour," Journal of Public Economics, Volume 134, 2016, pages 1-8.
  • Peters, K., Haslam, S.A., Ryan, M., and Fonseca, M.A. 2012. “Working with Subgroup Identities to Build Organizational Identification and Support for Organizational Strategy: A Test of the ASPIRe Model.” Group and Organisation Management, vol. 38(1), pp. 128-144.