Coutts, Alexander

Coutts, Alexander

Assistant Professor


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Alexander Coutts is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Nova School of Business and Economics. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University. During his studies he was a researcher at New York University’s Center for Technology and Economic Development, based in Abu Dhabi.

Currently a resident member of Novafrica, he utilizes laboratory and field experiments to understand the interaction between information, beliefs, and behavior. His interests center on applying insights from behavioral economics to questions in development economics. His latest research involves field work in Rwanda and Mozambique, having previously conducted studies in Ghana, New York, Uganda, and Vietnam. He teaches behavioral economics at the Master’s level, and microeconomics at the Ph.D. level.


Ph.D. in Economics, New York University, 2015

M.Phil. in Economics, New York University, 2014

MA in Economics, Queen’s University, 2010

B.A. in Honours Economics, University of British Columbia, 2008

Research Interests

Behavioral Economics, Development Economics, Experimental Economics