Alexander Coutts
Alexander Coutts
Assistant Professor

Alexander Coutts is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Nova School of Business and Economics. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University. During his studies he was a researcher at New York University 's Center for Technology and Economic Development; based in Abu Dhabi.

 Currently a resident member of Novafrica; he utilizes laboratory and field experiments to understand the interaction between information; beliefs; and behavior. His interests center on applying insights from behavioral economics to questions in development economics. His latest research involves field work in Rwanda and Mozambique; having previously conducted studies in Ghana; New York; Uganda; and Vietnam. He teaches behavioral economics at the Master 's level; and microeconomics at the Ph.D. level.

Ph.D. in Economics; New York University; 2015

M.Phil. in Economics; New York University; 2014

MA in Economics; Queen 's University; 2010

B.A. in Honours Economics; University of British Columbia; 2008


Behavioral Economics; Development Economics; Experimental Economics

  • Coutts, Alexander (2019). Good news and bad news are still news: experimental evidence on belief updating. Experimental Economics, 22 (2), 369-395.
  • Coutts, Alexander (2019). Testing models of belief bias: an experiment. Games And Economic Behavior, 113, 549-565.
  • Armand, Alex, Costa, Ana Isabel, Coutts, Alexander, Vicente, Pedro C., Vilela, Inês (2019). Using information to break the political resource curse in natural gas management in Mozambique.
  • Armand, Alex, Costa, Ana Isabel, Coutts, Alexander, Vicente, Pedro C., Vilela, Inês (2018). On the mechanics of the political resource curse: behavioural measurements of information and local elite behaviour in Mozambique. IGC International Growth Center.
  • Armand, Alex, Coutts, Alexander, Vicente, Pedro C., Vilela, Inês (2019), (Published). Does information break the political resource curse?: Experimental evidence from Mozambique.
  • Coutts, Alexander Fraser (2015), (Submitted). Social learning in experimental games: Evidence from Rwanda .