Monica Capra

Professor Capra specializes in experimental and behavioral economics. She is interested in decision processes, and behavioral game theory and its applications. Some of her most influential papers have been published in top journals such as the American Economic Review and Economic Journal.

In 2003, Professor Capra began pioneering interdisciplinary collaborations between economics, neuroscience and psychology - establishing the new field of neuroeconomics. This builds on her long-standing research applying experimental methods to better understand human decision-making.

Currently, Professor Capra is a professor of Economic Sciences at Claremont Graduate University, an associate editor of the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, a member of the Executive Committee of the Economic Science Association, and a fellow of the Bolivian Academy of Economic Sciences. She also serves on the editorial board of Experimental Economics and the Journal of the Economics Science Association.

Professor Capra is a native of Bolivia, where she spent most of her childhood. She got her IBD from the prestigious United World Colleges of the Pacific in Canada, her BA from Franklin and Marshall (with honors), and her PhD in Economics from the University of Virginia. Her interest in economics was shaped by her experiences as a child. In the early 1980s, she and her family lived in Mexico, where the Latin American debt and financial crisis started. In Bolivia, she lived through the highest hyperinflation recorded in Latin America’s history, and the human tragedy generated by bad economic policies. After getting her PhD in economics, Professor Capra taught at Washington and Lee University and at Emory University. During her academic leaves, she consulted with the Central Bank of Bolivia and the Bolivian Ministry of Hydrocarbons.

When not actively researching or consulting, Professor Capra enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband and two children. She also likes to play tennis recreationally.

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