Luigi Butera conducts research at the intersection of public economics and behavioral economics, using a combination of laboratory and field experiments. His current research focuses on prosocial preferences and the functioning of charitable giving markets. His recent work explores the role information and uncertainty play in public goods and charitable investments, how to leverage image motivation and prosocial preferences to change people's habits, and the role of agency and intermediaries in charitable giving markets.
Butera is currently a postdoctoral research scholar at the Becker Friedman Institute at University of Chicago and the Department of Economics. He is a co-organizer of University of Chicago Summer Institute on Field Experiments for 2015 and 2016, as well as a referee for a number of economic research publications. Butera was awarded the two-year Dan Searle Fellowship in Economics in September 2014.
Butera holds a BSc in economics and social sciences and a MSc in economics from Bocconi University. He received his PhD training in Economics at George Mason University and the Gate Lab, CNRS, and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Lyon.