Joaquín Gómez-Miñambres, associate professor, economics
Research areas: Gómez-Miñambres is a behavioral/experimental economist with a special focus on personnel economics issues. Much of his research consists of applying psychological insights into economic models (behavioral economics) in order to better understand the problems of selection and motivation of workers (personnel economics) and test those models’ predictions in a controlled environment (experimental economics). In particular, Gómez-Miñambres has published several papers studying how workers respond to non-monetary incentives (e.g., nonbinding goals), and the importance of trust and reciprocity in the workplace. In addition to his primary and more extensive work on work motivation, he has recently started new research in other behavioral/experimental topics, such as how the way alternatives are presented (choice architecture) influence consumers’ decisions. For example, in a recent article, Gómez-Miñambres shows that the number of items in food menus affects consumers’ choices and how much food they waste.
His Lafayette journey: Gómez-Miñambres joined Lafayette in 2017 as an assistant professor of economics. Previously, he taught at Bucknell University and University Carlos III de Madrid.
What he’ll be teaching in the fall: ECON251 Intermediate Macroeconomics