Antonio Filippin studied Economics first at Bocconi Universtiy, where he received both the Laurea cum laude and the Master Degree, and then at the European University Institute, where in 2003 he completed the PhD program in Economics defending a dissertation on the role of workers' expectations in explaining the persistence of discrimination.
Antonio is currently Associate Professor at the University of Milan, where he teaches 'Microeconomics' and 'Decision Theory and Behavioral Economics'.
His main research interests are in Behavioral and Experimental Economics, with a particular interest in the measurement of individual preferences.
He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in October 2002 and became a Research Fellow in July 2005.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10793

Gender differences in risk attitudes are frequently observed, although recent literature has shown that they are context dependent rather than ubiquitous. In this paper we try to rationalize the heterogeneity of results investigating experimentally whether the presence of a safe option among the set of alternatives explains why females are...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10792

This paper studies if competition affects subsequent risk-taking behaviour by means of a laboratory experiment that manipulates the degree of competitiveness of the environment under equivalent monetary incentives. We find that competition increases risk aversion, especially for males, but not in a significant manner. When conditioning on the outcome, we...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9030
published in: De Economist, 2016, 164(3), 281-295.

Evidence of Illusion of Control – the fact that people believe to have control over pure chance events – is a recurrent finding in experimental psychology. Results in economics find instead little to no support. In this paper we test whether this dissonant result across disciplines is due to the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9029
published in: Southern Economic Journal, 2017, 83 (4), 1038–1051

It has been shown that subjects tend to follow others' behavior even when the external signals are uninformative. In this paper we go one step further, showing that conformism occurs even when the choices of others are not even presented to the subjects, but just indirectly perceived. We use the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8184
Management Science, 2016, 62(11), 3138–3160

This paper reconsiders the wide agreement that females are more risk averse than males providing a leap forward in its understanding. Thoroughly surveying the experimental literature we first find that gender differences are less ubiquitous than usually depicted. Gathering the microdata of an even larger sample of Holt and Laury...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8170
published in: PloS ONE, 10(4), e0121530

We report results from an incentivized laboratory experiment to provide controlled evidence on the causal effects of alcohol consumption on risk preferences, time perception and altruism. Our design allows disentangling the pharmacological effects of alcohol intoxication from those mediated by expectations, as we compare behaviors of three groups of subjects:...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6710
published in: Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 2013, 47(1), 31-65

This paper presents the Bomb Risk Elicitation Task (BRET), an intuitive procedure aimed at measuring risk attitudes. Subjects decide how many boxes to collect out of 100, one of which containing a bomb. Earnings increase linearly with the number of boxes accumulated but are zero if the bomb is also...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6387
revised version published as “Positive Assortative Matching: Evidence from Sports Data”, Industrial Relations, 54(3), 401-421

We use data from the 24-hours Belluno run which has the unique characteristic that participants are affiliated with teams and run for an hour. This allows us not only to study the individual relationship between age and performance but also to study group dynamics in terms of accessions to and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6187
published in: Experimental Economics, 2013, 16(3), 285-305

We investigate the emergence of discrimination in an experiment where individuals affiliated to different groups compete for a monetary prize, submitting independent bids to an auctioneer. The auctioneer receives perfect information about the bids (i.e. there is no statistical discrimination), and she has no monetary incentive to favour the members...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6117
published in: Economics of Education Review, 2012, 31, 824-834

In this paper we analyze the role played by self-confidence, modeled as beliefs about one's ability, in shaping task choices. We propose a model in which fully rational agents exploit all the available information to update their beliefs using Bayes' rule, eventually learning their true type. We show that when...