Associate Professor
Economic Analysis & Policy


Ricardo Perez-Truglia is an Associate Professor at the Haas School of Business. His research lies at the intersection of behavioral economics, political economy and public economics. Perez-Truglia intends his research to inform firms and policy makers in the developed and developing world, leading to practical applications.

One of his main research interests is how social image and social comparisons shape economic behavior. What do others think of you? Are you rich? Smart? Hard-working? The desire to shape these opinions is a powerful driver of human behavior. Perez-Truglia studies social incentives in contexts such as tax compliance, political participation and happiness.

Another central theme in his research is how firms and individuals acquire and process information. Individuals hold many beliefs that are divorced from reality, even when it comes to basic concepts. They do not understand their own position in the income distribution, or the probability that they are audited by the IRS. In order to understand people’s motivations, we need to know what people really believe. Perez-Truglia has applied this framework to topics such as inflation and home price expectations, tax compliance and preferences for redistribution.

Perez-Truglia has been published in premier academic journals such as the American Economic Review and the Journal of Political Economy. His research has been featured in media outlets such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist and National Public Radio.

In 2020, Perez-Truglia was named a Sloan Research Fellow. He received his PhD in economics at Harvard University in 2014. Before joining Haas in 2020, he worked at UCLA-Anderson from 2016 to 2020 and at Microsoft Research New England from 2014 to 2016. He grew up in the Ciudadela neighborhood near Buenos Aires.

Expertise and Research Interests

  • Behavioral Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Public Economics