Toulouse School of Economics

Job Role:



2017 - 2018; 2019 - 2021 (as Chair)


Ingela Alger is a senior CNRS researcher at Toulouse School of Economics. Her current research focuses on the long-run formation of preferences, when these are transmitted from generation to generation and are subject to selection, and on the consequences of these preferences for standard economic problems. She is particularly interested in the evolution of Kantian morality and other-regarding preferences, as well as preferences governing behaviors within the family. This line of research has led her to collaborate with evolutionary biologists and anthropologists, and to become actively involved in the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, an interdisciplinary research center for which she is now the Scientific Director. She currently has an ERC Advanced Grant 2019-2024. 

Three selected publications:

  • Paternal provisioning results from ecological change (co-authors: Donald Cox, Paul Hooper, Hillard Kaplan, and Jonathan Stieglitz) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117 (20) 10746-10754.
  • Evolution of preferences in group-structured populations: genes, guns, and culture (co-authors: Jörgen W. Weibull and Laurent Lehmann) Journal of Economic Theory Vol.185, 2020, 104951. 
  • Homo moralis — preference evolution under incomplete information and assortative matching (co-author: Jörgen W. Weibull) Econometrica Vol. 81, 2013, 2269-2302.