Oriana Bandiera is the Sir Anthony Atkinson Professor of Economics and the Director of the Suntory and Toyota Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) at the London School of Economics, and a fellow of the British Academy, the Econometric Society, CEPR, BREAD and IZA.  She is vice-president of the European Economic Association, and director of the Gender, Growth and Labour Markets in Low-Income Countries (G²LM|LIC) programme and of the research programme in Development Economics at CEPR. She is co-editor of Microeconomic Insights, and Economica, and serves on the board of the International Growth Centre. Her research focuses on how monetary incentives and social relationships interact to shape individual choices within organisations and in labor markets. Her research has been awarded the IZA Young Labor Economist Prize (2008), the Carlo Alberto Medal (2011), the Ester Boserup Prize (2018) and the  Yrjö Jahnsson Award (2019)


London School of Economics: Sir Anthony Atkinson Professor of Economics & Director of STICERD


British Academy

Econometric Society

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Bureau for the Analysis of Economic Development (BREAD)



Vice-president, European Economic Association

Programme director, IZA: Gender, Growth and Labour Markets in Low-Income Countries (G²LM|LIC)

 CEPR: Development Economics

Council member, Econometric Society

Co-Editor, Economica

Co-Editor, Microeconomic Insights


PhD in Economics, Boston College, 2000

BSc and MSc in Economics, Universita' Bocconi, 1993 and 1994


o"Losing Prosociality in the Quest for Talent?" with Nava Ashraf, Ed Davenport and Scott Lee, 2019, American Economic Review

o"CEO Behavior and Firm Performance" with Stephen Hansen, Andrea Prat and Raffaella Sadun, 2019 Journal of Political Economy

oWomen's Empowerment in Action: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial in Africa”, with Niklas Buehren, Robin Burgess, Markus Goldstein, Selim Gulesci, Imran Rasul and Munshi Sulaiman, 2019 AEJ:Applied

o "Altruistic Capital" with Nava Ashraf 2018 American Economic Review P&P

o "Social Incentives" with Nava Ashraf 2018 Annual Reviews of Economics

o “Nation-Building Through Compulsory Schooling During the Age of Mass Migration” with Imran Rasul, Myra Mohnen and Martina Viarengo 2018 Economic Journal

o “Managing the Family Firm: Evidence from CEOs at Work”, with Renata Lemos, Andrea Prat & Raffaella Sadun. Review of Financial Studies  2018 EDITOR'S CHOICE

o "Labor Markets and Poverty in Village Economies", with Robin Burgess, Narayan Das, Selim Gulesci, Imran Rasul and Munshi Sulaiman, Quarterly Journal of Economics 2017

o  “No margin, no mission? a field experiment on incentives for public service delivery.” with Nava Ashraf and Kelsey Jack, Journal of Public Economics 

o  “Matching Firms, Managers and Incentives”  with Lugi Guiso, Andrea Prat and Raffaella Sadun CEPR Discussion Paper 7207 Journal of Labor Economics

o  “Awards Unbundled: Evidence from a Natural Field Experiment.” With Ashraf, Nava and  Scott S. Lee.  Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization

o  “The Making of Modern America: Migratory Flows in the Age of Mass Migration,” with Imran Rasul and Martina Viarengo, Journal of Development Economics 2013

o  “Team Incentives: Evidence from a Field Experiment.” with Iwan Barankay and Imran Rasul  Journal of the European Economic Association 2013

o  “Field Experiments with Firms” with Iwan Barankay and Imran Rasul Journal of Economic Perspectives 2011

o  “The Diminishing Effect of Democracy in Diverse Societies” with Gilat Levy , Journal of Public Economics 2011

o   “Social Incentives in the Workplace”  with Iwan Barankay and Imran Rasul Review of Economic Studies 2010

o   “Intentions to Participate in Adolescent Training Programs: Evidence from Uganda” with Robin Burgess, Markus Goldstein, Selim Gulesci, Imran Rasul and Munshi Sulaiman Journal of the European Economic Association 2010

o   “The Heterogeneous Effect of Class Size: New Evidence from a Panel of University Students” with Valentino Larcinese and Imran Rasul Economic Journal

o   “Active and Passive Waste in Government Spending: Evidence from a Policy Experiment.” with Andrea Prat and Tommaso Valletti  American Economic Review, September 2009, 99: 1278-1308

o   “Social Connections and Incentives in the Workplace: Evidence from Personnel Data” with Iwan Barankay and Imran Rasul Econometrica, July 2009, 77: 1047-94.

o  “Social capital in the workplace: Evidence on its formation and consequences” with Imran Rasul and Iwan Barankay, invited submission Labour Economics, August 2008, vol. 15(4), pages 724-748

o   “Contract Duration and Investment Incentives: Evidence from Land Tenancy Agreements in 19th century Italy.” Journal of the European Economic Association, September 2007: vol. 5(5), pages 953-986.

o   “Incentives for Managers and Inequality Among Workers: Evidence from a Firm Level Experiment” with Imran Rasul and Iwan Barankay.  Quarterly Journal of Economics May 2007 122: 729-75.

o  “Land Distribution, Incentives and the Choice of Production Techniques: Theory and Evidence from Rural Nicaragua.”  World Bank Economic Review, May 2007: 21(3):487-508

o  “Social Networks and the Adoption of New Technology in Northern Mozambique” with Imran Rasul.  Lead article Economic Journal October 2006: 116: 862-902.

o  “Traders, Cops and Robbers” with James Anderson. Journal of International Economics, September 2006 vol. 70(1), pages 197-215

o   “The Evolution of Cooperative Norms: Evidence from a Field Experiment” with Iwan Barankay and Imran Rasul.  Lead article, Invited Submission, Advances to Economic Analysis & Policy, special issue on Field Experiments John A. List (ed), April 2006, vol. 6(2).

o   “Social Preferences and the Response to Incentives: Evidence from Personnel Data” with Imran Rasul and Iwan Barankay.  Quarterly Journal of Economics August 2005 vol. 120(3), pages 917-962

o  “Cooperation in Collective Action” with Imran Rasul and Iwan Barankay. Invited Submission Economics of Transition Special Issue: Symposium on Institutions and economic performance, Banerjee,A. and Ghatak, M. (eds) July 2005, vol. 13(3), pages 473-498

o   “Private Enforcement and Social Efficiency” with James Anderson. Journal of Development Economics, 2005 vol. 77(2), pages 341-366

o  “Robin Hood's Compromise: the Economics of Moderate Land Reforms “  with Gilat Levy. Contributions to Economic Analysis & Policy: Vol. 3: No. 1, Article 19. 2004

o  “Private States and the Enforcement of Property Rights: Theory and evidence on the origins of the Sicilian mafia”- Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Spring 2003: vol. 19(1), pages 218-244

o  “Does Financial Liberalisation Raise or Reduce Savings?” with G.Caprio, P.Honohan, F.Schiantarelli, Review of Economics and Statistics, May 2000: vol. 82(2), pages 239-263




"Incentives and the Allocation of Authority in Organisations: A field experiment with bureaucrats" with Michael Best, Adnan Khan and Andrea Prat 2018

"Why do people stay poor?" with Clare Balboni, Robin Burgess, Maitreesh Ghatak and Anton Heil 2018

"Social Ties, Identity and the Delivery of Development Programmes" with Robin Burgess, Erika Deserranno, Ricardo Morel, Imran Rasul and Munshi Sulaiman 2018

"Do women respond less to performance pay? Building evidence from multiple experiments" with Greg Fischer Andrea Prat and Erina Ytsma 2016

"Altruistic Capital in Banking" with Nava Ashraf  2016   





Ester Boserup Prize for Research on Development: for outstanding social science research on development and economic history 2018

Carlo Alberto Medal: Awarded biennially to an outstanding Italian economist under the age of 40; 2011

IZA Young Labor Economist Award  for “Social Preferences and the Response to Incentives: Evidence from Personnel Data” with Imran Rasul and Iwan Barankay.  Quarterly Journal of Economics; 2007

American Economic Review “Excellence in Refereering” 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014

2017: British Academy Grant (GBP325,000) BRAC Fourth followup of TUP

2016: British Academy Grant (GBP350,000) PPAF-CERP Project on In Kind versus Asset Transfers, Pakistan

2015: World Bank Grant ($250,000) PPAF-CERP Project on In Kind versus Asset Transfers, Pakistan; J-PAL Post Primary Education and Youth Initiatives Grant ($150,000): Empowering Adolescent Girls: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial in Sierra Leone 

2014: International Growth Centre ($124,182) and USAID DIV ($391,748): “Recruiting and Motivating Community Health Workers” GLM/LIC Grant (GBP157,000): Asymmetric Information on the Skills of Workers and Matching in the Labor Market: Evidence from Uganda

2012: J-PAL Governance Initiative ($113,000) and USAID-DIV ($99,032): “Recruiting and Motivating Community Health Workers: National Field Experiment in Zambia”; PEDL-IZA-DFID Grant (GBP348,600): Easing Constraints for Small Firm Expansion in Uganda; International Growth Center (GBP38,500): Mapping Informal and Formal Providers on the Supply Side of the Livestock Market: Evidence from the Punjab Economic Opportunities Programme (PEOP), Pakistan; ATAI ($233,858): Women Farmers and Barriers to Technology Adoption: A Randomized Evaluation of BRAC's Extension Program in Rural Uganda; BRAC, Mastercard Foundation and anonymous donors ($1mn):  Expansion of Small Firms and Job Creation for the Youth in Uganda, Uganda

2011 International Growth Centre ($371,000): “Selection and Compensation of Community Health Workers in Zambia”

2010 3ie ($99,886): “No Margin, No Mission? A Field Experiment on the Role of Incentives in the Distribution of Public Goods”;

2008 British Academy Research Development Award: The Making of Modern America: Characteristics and Outcomes of Migrants to the United States 1892-1924; Gender Action Plan (GAP), World Bank: Human Capital, Financial Capital, and the Economic Empowerment of Female Adolescents: Evidence from a Randomized Intervention

2007 ESRC RES-000-22-1859: Social Connections, Sorting and the Productivity of Teams: Evidence from Combined Personnel and Survey Data

2005 ESRC RES-000-22-0785: Incentives, Social Preferences and Workers Productivity: New Empirical Evidence

2003 RES Small Grant and STICERD Grant: Incentives and Performance



Co-organizer (with David Atkin, Eliana La Ferrara and Selim Gulesci), BREAD/CEPR/PODER Development Conference, Bocconi September 2016

Co-organizer (with Henrik Kleven), CEPR Public Policy Symposium, joint with IGC State Capabilities Programme Meeting, STICERD, 2015

Co-organizer (with Robin Burgess, Chang-Tai Hsieh and Gerard Padro), BREAD/CEPR/PODER Development Conference, STICERD September 2014

Member of the Scientific Committee,  CEPR Workshop on Incentives, Management And Organization September 2014-5-6

Panel Chair, Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2014

Co-organizer (with Andrea Prat) CEPR Workshop on Incentives, Management And Organization, STICERD 2013

Co-organizer (with Henrik Kleven, Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez), CEPR Public Policy Symposium, joint with IGC State Capabilities Programme Meeting, STICERD, 2010 and 2012

Co-organizer (with Tim Besley), AMID/BREAD/CEPR Development Conference, STICERD September, 2009