Pablo Soto-Mota

Norwegian School of Economics

Department of Economics – FAIR



Research fields

Behavioral Economics, Experimental Economics, Unethical Behavior, Cooperation


2023 (expected)

Ph.D. Scholar
Norwegian School of Economics – FAIR
Supervisors: Mathias Ekström and Bertil Tungodden
Core Ph.D. level courses: Microeconomic Theory, Macroeconomic Theory, Econometrics, Scientific Methods.
Field Ph.D. level courses: Identification Through Experiments  (Lise Vesterlund), Randomized Control Trials in Social Sciences (Eric Bettinger), Economics of Corruption (Johann Graf Lambsdorff).


MSc. Economics
El Colegio de México
Supervisor: Julen Berasaluce Iza
Dissertation: Relation between expected salaries and demand of bachelor degrees.


B.A. Economics
Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas
Supervisor: Alexander Elbittar Hein
Dissertation: Resale Price Maintenance at the Editorial Industry. Effects of the fixed book price agreement in Mexico.
Overseas student exchange program: Universidad de Sevilla (2011)


B.A. Philosophy
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
100% course credits completed.


Academic Experience



Junior Researcher – National Lab for Public Policy

I worked on projects of the Innovation, Experimentation and Behavioral Unit. The objective of this unit is to apply behavioral sciences to Public Policy. In specific, I focused on project about honesty of public servants, motivation of police officers, and the prevention of discrimination in the provision of public services.


Research Assistant to Prof. Kurt Unger Rubin (CIDE).

I did data analysis and review of economic literature for a research project about regional development in the Mexican State of Puebla.



TA ECN421 “Behavioral Economics” at NHH


TA BUS-456 “Behavioral Business Strategy” at NHH

Invited Lecturer at the Behavioral Economics, Health and Social Security Course organized by the Faculty of Medicineat the Universidad Nacional Autónima de México. Title of the Lecture: Field Experiments in Behavioral Economics (November 7)

Invited lecturer at the Summer Fellowship Program organized by the PeopleGov at the Blavatnik School of Government (Oxford). Title of the lecture: Experimental Methods (July 31)


TA ECN421 “Behavioral Economics” at NHH

TA BUS-456 “Behavioral Business Strategy” at NHH


Course “Introduction to the application of Behavioral Sciences to Public Policy” with Margarita Gómez García at Laboratorio Nacional de Políticas Públicas (Mexico)


TA Public Economics – 1course (BA students) at El Colegio de México


TA Intermediate Microeconomics – two courses (BA students) at El Colegio de México

Conferences, presentations, and workshops


Conference: IX Jornadas Internacionales de Filosofía del Derecho (UNAM-México), “Survey Covid-19 in Mexico City. First Results” (with Josafat Hernández and Adrian Vargas-López)

Conference: DMDU Society 2020 Meeting, “Diffusion of Responsibility and Social Damage” (with Adrian Vargas-López)

Workshop: participation in the Behavioral Insights Group Doctoral Workshop organized by the Harvard Kennedy School.

Presentation: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, “Dishonesty. Findings from the behavioral sciences literature and research proposals” during the “Research Seminar on Behavioral Sciences“.

Presentation: Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, virtual seminar “Dilución de la Responsabilidad Moral y Daño Social” during the Seminar “Behavioral Economics and Public Policy“.

Workshop: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, “An experimental perspective on Cooperation and Unethical Behaviour” at the virtual workshop organized by the “Philosophy of Economics Seminar“.

Presentation: the Masterclass  Masterclass in Behavioral Sciences and Public Policy, the presentation “Behavioral Sciences and Experimental Methods” organized by Margarita Gómez García.


Workshop ESADE Business School (Barcelona), during the Workshop on Motivation to Serve the Public Interest at Work organized by JBPA: “Is not just about the money: intrinsic motivation in police officers”.


Presentation: Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico): participation in the panel “Behavioral Economics, Systemic Thinking and Corruption” at the Conference “Designing futures without corruption”.

Conference: IRSPM Conference (Edinburgh): “Dishonesty, loss aversion and elicitation of emotions: An experiment in a police institution in Mexico”. (with Margarita Gómez García)


Conference: IRSPM Conference (Budapest): “Applying behavioral science to increase compliance and reports of gifts received by public servants in Mexico”. (with Margarita Gómez García)

Awards & Scholarships


National Scolarship for Graduate Studies – Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (Conacyt).


“Outstanding” score at the EGEL-Economics Exam. This exam identifies if the graduates of a bachelor program have the knowledge and skills needed to begin successfully their professional work.


Other work experience


Independent consultant on Behavioral Science
Currently working on a project with WWF-Renault Mexico.


Chief of Department
Evaluation of regulatory projects from government agencies in the social and development sectors.



Book chapter: “Covid-19 y sesgos cognitivos. ¿Qué recomendaciones se pueden hacer desde la economía conductual?” (with Josafat Hernández) in Emergencia sanitaria por COVID-19: Constructivismo jurídico, gobierno, economía y cambio conductual , Edited by UNAM

Book chapter: “Behaviours, perceptions and mental wellbeing in high-income and low/middle-income countries at the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic” (with Margarita Gomez, Andriy Ivchenko and Elena Reutskaja) in COVID-19 in Developing Economies. edited by VoxEU-CEPR

Article: “Building Trust to Face the COVID-19 Pandemic in Developing Countries” (with Lucía Machia and Margarita Gómez) at Behavioral Scientist.

Article: “Los orígenes de la Rerum Novarum y la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia” at Ágora (Student-Edited Journal at El Colegio de México).


Voluntary work


Ateneo Nacional de la Juventud A.C. (ATNAJU)

Member of the Directors Board
The National Youth Athenaeum is a Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to the promotion of culture, civic participation and the rights of the youth in Mexico. During 2015, the ATNAJU received the City Youth Award in the category of Promotion of Human Rights by the government of Mexico City.



STATA, SPSS, Eviews, z-Tree



Spanish (Native), English (Fluent), Norwegian (Basic)