AEA: “Understanding the economic brain: What can economics and social neuroscience learn from one another?”

The work of NOMIS scientist Carlos Alós-Ferrer has been highlighted in an article by the American Economic Association (AEA). Alós-Ferrer emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary research between economists and social neuroscientists to increase our understanding of human behavior. The article, “Understanding the economic brain: What can economics and social neuroscience learn from one another?” pinpoints the opportunities for collaboration between the two fields.

This collaboration potential was the topic of Alós-Ferrer’s paper in the March issue of the Journal of Economic Literature. Fundamentally connected, these disciplines can be strengthened by sharing tools, methodologies and insights.

“When we study society, whether or not we want to, we are studying the brain,” Alós-Ferrer said in an interview with the AEA.

Alós-Ferrer is the NOMIS Professor for Decision and Neuroeconomic Theory at the University of Zurich.