Faculty – Nicola Lacetera

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Nicola Lacetera is Assistant Professor of Economics at Case Western Reserve University, where he teaches Entrepreneurship and Industrial Organization. He holds a B.S. in Economics from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In his research, Nicola explores how incentives affect behavior and performance in a variety of environments. One study looks at the interaction between very different incentive structures in the academic environment and the marketplace. Nicola is also investigating scientific fraud to advance understanding of the factors that trigger intentional misreporting of results. Another line of research examines the interplay between monetary and non-monetary incentives for blood donors. A fourth stream of research concerns the determinants of innovative activities: Nicola is investigating how diversity of approaches and opinions has an impact on the success of innovations. Finally, in the context of the automobile industry, Nicola is studying auctions for new and used cars, and the contractual strategies of car manufacturers with their suppliers.

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PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006
BS, Universita' Bocconi, 1999

Initially Appointed: 2006

Interests and Courses


Economics of Organizations; Economics of Science; Strategy; Entrepreneurship


Strategy; Entrepreneurship; Organizational Economics; Economics of Innovation; Industrial Organization

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