Chiara Aina

University of Zurich ·

I am a PhD student in Economics at the University of Zürich. I will be a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Economics at Harvard University for the 2023-2024 academic year, and then will join Universitat Pompeu Fabra as an Assistant Professor.

I use theory and experiments to study topics at the intersection of economics and psychology. My research aims to expand our understanding of how behavior is driven by narratives, emotions, and strategic thinking, with a particular focus on the role of beliefs.

job market paper

Tailored Stories

Is it possible to persuade other by providing interpretations of unknown events? I study the problem of persuading a boundedly rational agent without controlling or knowing the piece of information she observes.


Frustration and anger in the Ultimatum game: An experiment

Games and Economic Behavior, Issue 122, July 2020, pp.150-167
(joint with P. Battigalli, A. Gamba)
We investigate the role of frustration and anger theoretically and experimentally in the context of the Ultimatum Minigame.


Contingent Belief Updating

(joint with A. Amelio, K. Brütt)
We study the effect of contingent thinking on belief updating.

Weighting Competing Narratives

(joint with F.H. Schneider)
We investigate belief updating in the presence of competing narratives.