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Alain Cohn

Associate Professor of Information, School of Information Email: [email protected] 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


Newly promoted UMSI faculty: Ceren Budak, Alain D. Cohn, Michael Nebeling, Stephen W. Oney, Lionel P. Robert, and Florian Schaub
Board of Regents approve 6 UMSI faculty for promotions

Six UMSI faculty members were promoted by the Board of Regents. Their new positions go into effect this fall.

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"Research review, Harvard Business Review, Assistant Professor Alain Cohn, 'Are Customers Lying to Your Chatbot?'" Headshot of Alain Cohn.
Cohn: What happens when customers lie to chatbots?

Digital customer service systems are supposed to be an efficient way of dealing with customers – but does that still hold up if customers are lying to chatbots?

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