Main Focus

  • Use of behavioural science in finance, health and education
  • Collaboration with public-policy makers and other socially minded institutions
  • Honesty: situational influences on honesty (reward size, professional identity), studied in laboratories and the field
  • Experimental methods: effects on research participants from experimenter deception
  • Pro-social behaviour: obstacles to 'effective altruism', moral permissibility of 'tainted' charitable donations
  • Expressed moral preferences: how they shift when observed and are used to invoke trust


Curriculum Vitae

  • 2017-2019: Visiting Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
  • 2015-2018: Research Associate, London School of Economics
  • 2014-2016: M.Sc (Behavioural Science), London School of Economics and Political Science
  • 2008-2015: Senior Manager - Economic Research, Policy Unit, Dubai Financial Services Authority (regulator of the Dubai International Financial Centre)
  • 2006-2008: Senior Manager - Economic Research, Emirates NBD (large Middle Eastern bank)
  • 2005-2006: Economic Researcher, Dubai Government Department of Economic Development
  • 2004: Economist, Treasury Corporation of Victoria
  • 2002-2004: Senior Analyst, Reserve Bank of Australia
  • 2001: B.Comm (Degree with Honours in Economics), University of Melbourne


Selected Publications

  • Rahwan, Z., Yoeli, E., & Fasolo, B. (2019). Heterogeneity in banker culture and its influence on dishonesty. Nature, 575(7782), 345-349. doi:10.1038/s41586-019-1741-y
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  • Rahwan, Z., Hauser, O. P., Kochanowska, E., & Fasolo, B. (2018). High stakes: A little more cheating, a lot less charity. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 152, 276–295. doi: 10.1016/j.jebo.2018.04.021
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  • DeWees, B., Dorison, C., Rahwan, Z., Lerner, J., When waste pays: Equal (but inefficient) allocations signal trustworthiness (Working Paper)
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  • McLaren, Z. (2002). The effectiveness of Reserve Bank of Australia foreign exchange intervention. University of Melbourne Economics Department Research Paper (849).
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Research Tools Developed

  • mygoodness
    A site for researching obstacles to 'effective altruism'.

  • deep empathy
    A site for used for building on a range of experiments regarding whether AI-generated images of disasters in local areas can evoke empathy for actual victims of disasters in far away places.

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