ICREA research professor in the area of experimental and behavioral economics and the director of the Behavioral Science Laboratory (BESLab) at the department of Economics and Business, University Pompeu Fabra since 2007. She received her PhD in economics in 1994 with Reinhard Selten (Nobel Laureate, 1994) at Bonn University. After her postdoc with Alvin Roth (Nobel Laureate, 2012) at the University of Pittsburgh (1994-1995), she joined the University Pompeu Fabra in 1995.
She is best known through her work on behavioral reasoning in Keynesian Beauty Contests, with economic lab and field experiments, and neuroeconomic studies. This explains the discrepancy between rationality concepts as the Nash equilibrium and actual human behavior, based on limited cognitive reasoning processes. This work has changed the way of thinking and modeling “out of equilibrium” behavior in behavioral microeconomics, epistemic game theory, and slowly also in strategic management and behavioral macroeconomics. She has addressed her work in lectures of BESLab summer schools and outside the university, e.g., in the Rebuilding Macro series at the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), at Central Banks, and to the general public.
Her experiments are used as teaching tools for undergraduates and graduates in economics, and other social or natural sciences. Moreover, she teaches groups of high school students within the programs “ESCOLAB” and “BOJOS per la sciencia”. She is collaborating with researchers from economics, business, psychology, political sciences, neuro science, biology, medicine, physics, mathematics, philosophy, and zoology. She has publications across diverse fields within economics, business, and other social and natural sciences, as at the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Review of Economic Studies, Strategic Management Journal, Handbook of Computational Economics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Scientific Reports, Nature Human Behavior, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience; and newspapers as Financial Times, Expansíon, and general interest journals as Spektrum der Wissenschaft.