Alessandro Innocenti is associate professor of economics at the Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences of the University of Siena. He is coordinator of the Experimental Economics Laboratory LabSi and of the Laboratory of Virtual Reality and Economic Behavior (LAVREB), associate researcher of The Research Laboratory for Behavioral Finance (BEFINLAB) and founding member of the Interuniversity Center for Experimental Economics.
His research interests originated in the history of game theory and experimental economics. He wrote a Ph.D. thesis on the introduction of game theory into economics and then hestudied how the early evolution of game theory contributed to the emergence of laboratory methods in economics.
Progressively, he became interested in conducting laboratory experiments on economic decision-making. This new focus led him to test the robustness of drift equilibrium, the impact of gender differences on trust and reciprocity and the processes of information collecting. He also studied the organization of local productive systems and the mechanisms of information decentralization in networks of firms.
More recently, his research has come to address how cognitive sciences can contribute to the understanding and prediction of economic behavior. His recent projects concern the role of cognitive biases in information processing and risk perception.