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Alain Cohn

Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information Email: Phone: 734/763-2285
Office: School of Information/4340 North Quad Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: Yes Personal website


Alain Cohn is an assistant professor at the School of Information. His main fields are behavioral, experimental and labor economics. His research focuses on the origins and consequences of social preferences and moral behavior. Cohn uses theories and methods from economics, social psychology, sociology and neuroscience. Much of his work is based on laboratory, field and online experiments, often involving non-standard subject pools such as financial professionals, millionaires and criminals. His studies have been published in top general science and economics journals, including Nature, American Economic Review and Review of Economics Studies.

Areas of interest

Behavioral economics, experimental economics, labor economics


PhD, Economics, University of Zurich, Switzerland


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Cohn: People will lie about vaccination status

University of Michigan Assistant Professor Alain Cohn, spoke with USA Today about a person’s proclivity to lie when it benefits themselves

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2020 Diligentia Prize winner Alain Cohn
Alain Cohn research on global honesty receives European honor

UMSI assistant professor Alain Cohn’s research on “Civic Honesty Around the World” has received the 2020 Diligentia Prize from Germany’s Diligentia Foundation for Empirical Research.

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