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Paolo Nicola Barbieri

Current position
Ph.D. student at the Department of Economics, University of Bologna.

Research Fields
Primary field: Health Economics, Applied Economics, Social and Network Economics.

Secondary field: Behavioral and Experimental Economics.
My main area of interest is individual decision-making in health economics, both theoretically and empirically.

My research mainly focuses on the causes and consequences of unhealthy behaviors (especially related to
obesity). My studies explore the importance of individual specific and environmental factors in influencing
individual’s health behaviors. For example, I study how social norms affects individuals’ health concern and
their probability of being obese. I am also interested in behavioral and experimental economics, especially
in the effect that lotteries and financial incentives have on reducing on free-riding in the fruition of a public

Working Papers
“Body Weight, obesity traps and weight loss” (Job Market Paper)

“Social Distortion in Weight Perception: A Decomposition of the Obesity Epidemic”

‘Body weight and Employment: Is there an Overweight Premium?’

“Let Young People Join The Legislative Process. A Twitter Based Experiment on Internship.” (co-authors
Francesca Fazio, Gabriele Gamberini), WP 995, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche. U. Bologna

“A Zero Cost Incentives Mechanism Against Free-riding: Field Experiments on Italian Local Transportation
Systems” (co-authors Maria Bigoni, Marco Fabbri)

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