Marie-Claire Villeval, economist, GATE


A worldwide specialist in experimental and behavioral economics, Marie-Claire Villeval has played a major role in the development of research in this area in France. Dealing more specifically with the importance of social preferences, incentives and moral norms in the economic choices of individuals, her work was published, not only in newspapers specialized in experimental and behavioral economics, but also in the best non-specialized magazines of the discipline, not to mention numerous other sources.

A researcher at the CNRS (The French National Center for Scientific Research) since 1982, Marie-Claire Villeval became a member of the Lyon-Saint-Étienne Analysis and Economic Theory Group (GATE) in 1991, where she was promoted to Head of Research seven years later. Having run GATE for nine years, in 2014, she founded GATE-LAB, which she has supervised since. The goal of this advanced experimental international platform is to enable researchers to lead a broad range of studies on decision-making, using behavioral and physiological measures.

Marie-Claire Villeval was appointed Knight of the Legion of Honor and Knight of the National Order of Merit. She is a member of Academia Europaea, the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and the Cortex laboratory of excellence. She is also an editor or associate editor, of the main magazines on experimental and behavioral economics.

  • CNRS research Director
  • Lyon-Saint-Étienne Analysis and Economic Theory Group (GATE), CNRS / University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 / University Jean Monnet Saint-Étienne / University Lumière Lyon 2 / ENS de Lyon, Ecully
  • Rhône Auvergne delegation