Alumni Fellow

Dr Gianluca Grimalda

Alumni Fellows

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
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47059 Duisburg

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Dr. Gianluca Grimalda joined the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Fellow. He conducted his research in Research Unit 1 “The (Im)Possibility of Cooperation” from September 2015 to February 2016.

Research Project at the Centre

Experimental Analysis of the Behavioural Foundations of Global Co-operation

Dr. Grimalda tackles the topic of global co-operation from the perspective of experimental economics. His project is articulated in four different areas. The first builds on the analysis of experimental fieldwork carried out in six countries at different stages of their globalisation process. The propensity to cooperate at the local, national, and global level was measured experimentally, along with the degree of individuals' integration into large-scale networks of social, economic, and cultural connections. The interaction between global social identity, propensity to co-operate at different levels, exposure to globalisation processes, and country-level global integration, will be analysed. In a second area it is planned to conduct original experimental research on which institutional design is best capable of averting “catastrophic” consequences in public goods provision. This draws on the paradigm of the “collective risk social dilemma”, which has been developed to simulate the dynamics of international negotiations on climate change. In a related area it is planned to undertake experiments with people participating in global negotiations - i.e. diplomats, in order to study their behaviour when involved in situations of bargaining. In a fourth area Dr. Grimalda plans to compare the different propensities to solidarity and demand for redistribution observed experimentally in four countries characterised by different models of welfare state. All these lines of research will feed into a final analysis reflecting on how to address the failures of global cooperation.

Research Interests

  • Experimental Economics
  • Behavioural bases of cooperation
  • Globalisation
  • Individual sense of distributive justice, fairness, merit, and deservedness
  • Cultural comparative analysis

Current Projects

  • Analysis of the interconnections between Globalisation, Cooperation and Trust
  • The psychological underpinnings of income redistribution: An international experimental study
  • Optimal negotiations over public provision
  • The ethnic basis of solidarity
  • The influence of violence on aspirations, risk undertaking and inter personal trust


since 09/2009 Universitat Jaume I of Castellon, Spain
Department of Economics
2008 - 2009 Instituto Superior Tecnico of Lisbon
IN+ Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research
Research Fellow
2003 - 2004 International Labour Office
International Policy Group
External Collaborator
2002 - 2007 University of Warwick
Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation
Research Fellow; Teaching Fellow
2001 - 2002 University of Southampton
Department of Economics
Teaching Fellow
1995 - 2001 Free University Carlo Cattaneo (LIUCC), Castellanza
Center for Ethics, Law & Economics
Research Fellow and Teaching Assistant
1995 - 1996 Bocconi University, Milano
Department of Economics
Teaching Assistant

Selected Publications

Grimalda, Gianluca (forthcoming): The possibilities of global we-identities, in: Messner, Dirk and Silke Weinlich (eds.): Global Cooperation: How to tackle the challenges of complexity and scale, Routledge Global Cooperation Book Series.

Grimalda, Gianluca / Kar, A. / Proto, E. (2015): Procedural Fairness in Lotteries Assigning Initial Roles in a Dynamic Setting, Experimental Economics (forthcoming).

Grimalda, Gianluca (2015): Labor Market Rigidity and Economic Efficiency with Non-General Purpose Technical Change, Eurasian Business Review (forthcoming).

Grimalda, Gianluca  /  Buchan, N. / Fatas, E. (2012): Connectivity and Cooperation, in: G. Bolton and R. Croson (eds.): The Oxford Handbook of Economic Conflict Resolution, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 155-179

Grimalda, Gianluca  / Buchan, N. (2011): Reducing Social Distance: The Role of Globalization in Global Public Goods Provision, in: Shane R. Thye & Edward J. Lawler (eds.): Advances in Group Processes (Volume 28), New York, NY: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 147-187

Grimalda, Gianluca  / Buchan, N.Fatas, E. / Brewer, M. / Wilson, R. /  Foddy, M. (2011): Global Identity and Global Cooperation, in: Psychological Science, 22(6), 821-828

Grimalda, Gianluca  / Mittone, L. (2010): Generalized Trust: An Experimental Perspective, in: L. Sacconi & G. Degli Antoni (eds.): Social Capital, Corporate Social Responsibility, Economic Behaviour and Performance, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 260-281

Grimalda, Gianluca  /  Vivarelli, M. (2010): Is Inequality the Price to Pay for Higher Growth in Middle-Income Countries? Revisiting the Kuznets Hypothesis with Skill-Biased Technological Change, in: Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 20(2), 265-306

Grimalda, Gianluca  / Barlow, D. / Meschi, E. (2010): Varieties of Capitalism and Varieties of Performances: An Empirical Account of Inequality in Transition Economies, in: International Review of Applied Economics, 24 (3), 379 - 403

Grimalda, Gianluca / Buchan, N. / Fatas, E. / Brewer, M. / Wilson, R. / Foddy, M. (2009): Globalization and Human Cooperation, in: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 106 (11), 4138-4142

Grimalda, Gianluca  / Sacconi, L. (2005): The Constitution of the Not-For-Profit Organisation: Reciprocal Conformity to Morality, in: Constitutional Political Economy, 16, 249-276

Grimalda, Gianluca  (1999): Participation versus Social Exclusion, in: Journal of Business Ethics, 21, 269-279.

Grimalda, Gianluca / Kar, A. / Proto, E. (2012): Everyone Wants a Chance: Initial Positions and Distributive Preferences in Experimental Ultimatum Games, in: The Warwick Economics Research Papers (TWERP) No. 989

Grimalda, Gianluca / Degli Antoni, G. (2012): The value of real voluntary associations, in: Econometica Working Paper No. 37

Grimalda, Gianluca / Farina, F. (2011): Preferences for Redistribution in the US, Italy, Norway: An Experimental Study, in: DEPFID Working Papers, No. 2/2011

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Introduction to Macroeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Macroeconomics Theory, Labour Economics, Methematical Methods for Economic Analysis (Universidad Jaume I, Spain)

Seminars and Conferences

  • "Globalización y Cooperación" (Globalisation and Cooperation), Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz, Bogotá, Colombia, August 2013
  • The Psychological Underpinnings of Different Systems of Redistributions: Results from a Cross-National Experimental Study, Helmut-Schmidt University, Hamburg, Germany, December 2012
  • Preferences for Redistribution in the US, Italy, Norway: An Experimental Study, XI meeting of the Society for Social Choice and Welfare, New Delhi, India, August 2012
  • "Everyone wants a chance: Initial positions and fairness in experimental ultimatum game”, Summer School on Institutions in Context: Dictatorship and Democracy, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland, June 2012
  • "A cross-country experimental comparison of preferences for redistribution"; Equality in Crisis: Understanding Inequality and its Mechanisms, Rome, University of La Sapienza, May 2012
  • Globalization vs social capital as factors of co-operation: Experimental results from a 6-country study, 16th International Economic Association World Conference, Peking, China, July 2011
  • Preferences for Redistribution across the Atlantic and the North Sea: An Experimental Study, 5th Nordic Conference on Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, November 2010
  • "The culture of redistribution in Norway, Italy and the US - an experiment", ESOP Workshop on Culture, Behavior and Distribution, Oslo University, Oslo, Norway, November 2010
  • "Globalization and Human cooperation", 8th Tiber Symposium on Psychology and Economics, Tilburg University, Tilburg ,Netherlands, September 2009
  • Globalization and Cooperation in Social Dilemmas: A Multi-Level International Study, 12th International Conference on Social Dilemmas, Seattle, WA, US, July 2007
  • "Does your Post-Code Matter in Shaping your Propensity to Cooperate?", Economic Science Association (ESA) Annual Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 2007


  • Economic Science Association
  • Society for Social Choice and Welfare


  • Award for the best paper presented by a young researcher; Conference of the Italian Association for the Comparative Study of Economic Systems (September 2001)
  • ‘Roberto Franceschi’ award for the best final year dissertation in development economics Bocconi University (July 1996)
  • Grant from the National Science Foundation (US) for the project on "Globalization, Trust, and Cooperation: An experimental Analysis" (co-principal investigator of the project, September 2005)
  • Funding from the European Commission for a research project on "Inequality: Mechanisms, Effects, Policies" (co-ordinator of the research unit at Warwick University, April 2006)

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