Michèle Belot

Frances Perkins Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Professor of Economics


Michèle Belot is Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics and at the School of Industrial Labor Relations. She held previous appointments in the United Kingdom (University of Edinburgh, Oxford University and the University of Essex) and at the European University Institute. She obtained her Ph.D. in Economics from Tilburg University (CentER) in 2003. Her research interests are broadly in applied microeconomics, with a special interest in experimental work in areas related to labour, health and education. She has published in journals such as the Review of Economic Studies, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Health Economics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and The Economic Journal. She is the current President of the European Association of Labour Economists.

Her recent work consists of designing and testing interventions using randomized controlled trials, in the domains of health and job search. In the domain of health, her work focuses on interventions designed to encourage individuals to adopt healthier behaviors. Most interventions tested target children and low income families. In the domain of job search, the interventions are aimed at providing relevant information to job seekers.


"Remember me? The role of gender and racial attributes in memory” (2022), with Marina Schroeder  Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics

"Maternal stress during pregnancy and children’s diet: Evidence from a population of low socioeconomic status" (2022), Nutrition, 93, 111423, with N. Vitt, M, Vecchi, M. and J.James. (author order is Vitt, Vecchi, James and Belot)

"How Wage Announcements Affect Job Search—A Field Experiment” (2022), with Paul Muller and Philpp Kicher, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 14(4), 1-67.

“Incentivizing dietary choices among children: Review of experimental evidence” (2022), with Jonathan James, Food Policy, 111, 102319.

"Daily stressors and food choices: A lab experiment with low-SES mothers" (2021), European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 136(C).

"Rewarding behavior with a sweet food strengthens its valuation" (2021), with Jan Bauer, Marina Schroeder, Martina Vecchi, Tina Blake, Suzanne Dickson, Plos One, 16(4): e0242461.

"Socio-demographic factors associated with self-protecting behavior during the Covid-19 pandemic" (2021), with Nicholas W. Papageorge, Matthew V. Zahn, Eline Broek-Altenburg, Syngjoo Choi, Julian C. Jamison & Egon Tripodi, Journal of Population Economics 34(2), 691-738.
Note: Papageorge and Zahn are first authors.

"Unequal consequences of Covid 19: representative evidence from six countries" (2021), with Nicholas W. Papageorge, Matthew V. Zahn, Eline Broek-Altenburg, Syngjoo Choi, Julian C. Jamison & Egon Tripodi, Review of Economics of the Household 19, 769–783.
Note: Belot, Choi and Tripodi first authors.

"Facilitating healthy dietary habits: An experiment with a low income population, (2020), with Jonathan James and Jonathan Spiteri, European Economic Review, 129, 103550.

"Providing Advice to job Seekers at Low Cost: An Experimental Study on Online Advice" (2019), with Philipp Kircher and Paul Muller, Review of Economic Studies 86(4), 1411–1447

"How Private is Private Information? The Ability to Spot Deception in an Economic Game" (2017), with Jeroen van de Ven, Experimental Economics 20(1), 19-43.

"Incentives and Dietary Choices – A Field Experiment in Primary Schools" (2016), with Patrick Nolen and Jonathan James, Journal of Health Economics 50, 213-29

“The Spillover Effects of Monitoring: A Field Experiment” (2016), with Marina Schroeder, Management Science 62(1), 37-45.

"Who should be called to the lab? A comprehensive comparison of students and non-students in classic experimental games” (2015), with Raymond Duch and Luis Miller, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 113, 26-33

“Cognitive Racial Discrimination” (2015), Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics 8(3), 173-85

"Players of Matching Pennies Automatically Imitate Opponents’ Gestures Against Strong Incentives' (2013), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 110(8) (19 February 2013), 2763-2768”, with Vincent Crawford and Cecilia Heyes

“Dating Preferences and Meeting Opportunities in Mate Choice Decisions” (2012), with Marco Francesconi, Journal of Human Resources, vol 48(2), 474-507.

“Can Observers Predict Trustworthiness” (2012), with V. Bhaskar and Jeroen van de Ven, Review of Economics and Statistics 94(1), 246-259

“Skill Selection and Immigration in OECD Countries” (2012), with Tim Hatton, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, vol 114(4), 1105-1128 (Prize of the Best Paper published in Scandinavian Journal of Economics in 2012)

“Beauty and the Sources of Discrimination”, with V. Bhaskar and Jeroen van de Ven (2012), Journal of Human Resources 47(3): 851–872

“Cultural and Institutional Barriers in Migration between OECD Countries” (2012), with Sjef Ederveen; Journal of Population Economics 25, 1077-1105.

“Healthy School Meals and Educational Achievements” (2011), with Jonathan James, Journal of Health Economics, 30 (3), 489-504

"Friendships and Favoritism at School: Evidence from the Field" (2011), with Jeroen van de Ven, Economic Journal 121 (557), 1228-1251.

“Welfare Effects of Employment Protection” (2007), with Jan Boone and Jan van Ours, Economica 74(295), 381-396.

“Does the Recent Success of Some OECD Countries in Lowering their Unemployment Rates Lie in the Clever Design of their Labour Market Reform” (2004), with Jan van Ours, Oxford Economic Papers 56, 621-642.

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