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Jeanne HAGENBACH has been awarded an ERC “Starting” Grant


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This week the European Research Council (ERC) officially published the list of projects it has retained for its 2019 “Starting Grants” Call.

As a reminder, Starting Grants are awarded to early-career researchers of any nationality with two to seven years of experience since completion of the PhD (or equivalent degree) and a scientific track record showing great promise.

Only 13% of submitted proposals were successful for this year’s round.

The project “Motivated Reading of Evidence” (MOREV) submitted by the Department’s member Jeanne HAGENBACH, CNRS Researcher and Professor of Economics, is one of the 41 projects selected for France.

It is the 13th time that one of the Department’s faculty members has been awarded an ERC grant in less than 10 years and the latest of an already impressive list of distinctions for Jeanne HAGENBACH. In 2009 she was awarded two prizes for her doctoral dissertation «Communication stratégique et réseaux »: the Richelieu Thesis Prize of the Chancellerie des Universités de Paris and the Thesis Prize of the French Economic Association.  In 2012 the Fondation Banque de France awarded Professor HAGENBACH the « Young Researcher in Economics Prize». Last, but not least, she was distinguished by the CNRS which awarded her the Bronze Medal (link to CNRS page) in 2016.

Jeanne HAGENBACH’s work within the field of microeconomics draws on game theory and experimental economics. Unabashedly theoretical, Professor HAGENBACH’s research revolves around models of communication in game theory. Her objective? To understand in which strategic situations information held by economic agents is passed on the most effectively.

The MOREV project is perfectly aligned with this research: Jeanne HAGENBACH wishes to study how individuals interpret hard information in ways that serve their own purposes. She seeks to identify the goals that nudge the reading of evidence in systematic ways. She also wants to study how agents manage to distort this reading, for example by choosing not to read or reason about available evidence.

Link to the summary of the MOREV project (link to PDF)
Link to the ERC’s press release (link)

Prior to joining the Department in 2018, Jeanne HAGENBACH was doing research at the Department of economics of École Polytechnique and a post-doctoral student at the University of Mannheim.

More about Jeanne HAGENBACH and her research (link)