Ingela Alger

Ingela Alger

IAST Director

Senior Researcher CNRS

Research interests

Evolution of preferences
Moral and altruistic preferences
Family systems and family ties
Contract theory


Since september 2021, Ingela Alger is Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse ( IAST). She 's also Research Director at CNRS. Between 2012 and 2018, she was Director of the Biology program. Her research, which has been published in international peer-reviewed journals such as the American Economic Review and Econometrica, focuses on the long run formation of human preferences (motivation), when these are transmitted from generation to generation, and are subject to selection. She is particularly interested in preferences that might explain moral and altruistic behaviors, as well as behaviors within the family. She also organizes seminars and conferences at the intersection between economics and biology. She has been awarded numerous grants, notably ANR Chaire d’Excellence 2012-2017, and ERC Advanced Grant 2019-2023.


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