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Emil Persson

Associate Professor, Docent

Behavioral economics with focus on health economics 

I use insights from behavioral economics, psychology and neuroscience to explore topics in health economics and public economics. Much of my research has an applied policy focus but I am also interested in exploring more general aspects of everyday decision-making, for example how behavior is influenced by biological factors.


Much of my work focuses on how emotions and cognitive biases influence individuals’ decision-making, and I investigate the implications of these effects for policy design.

Some topics I find interesting:

  • The role of moral emotions in rationing of healthcare
  • The psychology of democratic decision-making
  • Opportunity cost neglect in public policy
  • The effect of decision fatigue on doctors’ decision-making

See my personal webpage for more information.

A women is doing computed tomography.


We at JEDI lab at Linköping University conduct research on intuition, reflection, and emotion in economic decision-making. The aim of our research is to understand everyday decision-making and its underlying processes.



Liam Strand, Lars Sandman, Emil Persson, David Andersson, Ann-Charlotte Nedlund, Gustav Tinghög (2024) Withdrawing versus Withholding Treatments in Medical Reimbursement Decisions: A Study on Public Attitudes Medical decision making Continue to DOI
Gustav Tinghög, Emil Persson, Daniel Västfjäll (2024) Medical Homo Ignorans, Shared Decision Making, and Affective Paternalism: Balancing Emotion and Analysis in Health Care Choices Medical decision making Continue to DOI
Emil Persson, Gustav Tinghög, Daniel Västfjäll (2024) Intertemporal prosocial behavior: a review and research agenda Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 15, Article 1359447 Continue to DOI
Michal Pietrzak, Adam Yngve, Paul J. Hamilton, Anna Asratian, Emelie Gauffin, Andreas Löfberg, Sarah Gustavson, Emil Persson, Andrea Johansson Capusan, Lorenzo Leggio, Irene Perini, Gustav Tinghög, Markus Heilig, Rebecca Böhme (2024) Ghrelin decreases sensitivity to negative feedback and increases prediction-error related caudate activity in humans, a randomized controlled trial Neuropsychopharmacology, Vol. 49, p. 1042-1049 Continue to DOI
Emil Persson, Gustav Tinghög (2024) Repugnant markets and preferences in public Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Vol. 108, Article 102153 Continue to DOI