Working languages: Italian, English
Stefania Ottone is an Assistant Professor at the University of Milano Bicocca. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Turin in 2006, her Master of Science in Economics from the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven in 2003 and her Master of Science in Economics from the CORIPE (University of Turin) in 2002. She has been Visiting Fellow at the University of East Anglia (Norwich) in 2006.
She is executive vice-director of the University Center EconomEtica and she is in the scientific committee of the University Center CISEPS. Her international publications include articles in the following journals: Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, Public Choice, NeuroImage, Journal of Economic Psychology and Journal of Socio-Economics.
Her research activity focuses on the development of experimental studies from a behavioural approach on two main topics: punishment and taxation.
Concerning the first topic, the aim is to provide an interdisciplinary analysis of the phenomenon through three main researches that create an ordered and coherent path, which starts from the neurological and evolutionary origins of our justice sense, analyses sanctions as a part of these informal norms (the latter are themselves part of the culture of a given community) and arrives as far as the formal codification of these sanctions, namely the possibility of specific laws (for example ways in order to reduce criminal behaviours).
Concerning the second topic, the aim is to provide a cross-country study in order to detect what kind of welfare state citizens of different countries prefer and which are the mechanisms that can drive people to tax compliance.
All the studies are implemented using the experimental methodology.