- Macchia, L. (2022). Pain trends and pain growth disparities, 2009-2021. Economics & Human Biology, 47. doi:10.1016/j.ehb.2022.101200.
- Gonzalez, A.M., Macchia, L. and Whillans, A.V. (2022). The developmental origins and behavioral consequences of attributions for inequality. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 101. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2022.104329.
- Ruggeri, K., Panin, A., Vdovic, M., Većkalov, B., Abdul-Salaam, N., Achterberg, J. … García-Garzon, E. (2022). The globalizability of temporal discounting. Nature Human Behaviour. doi:10.1038/s41562-022-01392-w.
- Macchia, L. and Ariely, D. (2021). Eliciting preferences for redistribution across domains: A study on wealth, education, and health. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 21(1), pp. 1141–1166. doi:10.1111/asap.12279.
- Macchia, L. and Whillans, A.V. (2021). The Link Between Income, Income Inequality, and Prosocial Behavior Around the World. Social Psychology, 52(6), pp. 375–386. doi:10.1027/1864-9335/a000466.
- Macchia, L. and Oswald, A.J. (2021). Physical pain, gender, and the state of the economy in 146 nations. Social Science & Medicine, 287, pp. 114332–114332. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114332.
- Macchia, L. and Whillans, A.V. (2021). Leisure beliefs and the subjective well-being of nations. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 16(2), pp. 198–206. doi:10.1080/17439760.2019.1689413.
- Macchia, L., Plagnol, A.C. and Powdthavee, N. (2020). Buying Happiness in an Unequal World: Rank of Income More Strongly Predicts Well-Being in More Unequal Countries. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 46(5), pp. 769–780. doi:10.1177/0146167219877413.
- Whillans, A., Macchia, L. and Dunn, E. (2019). Valuing time over money predicts happiness after a major life transition: A preregistered longitudinal study of graduating students. Science Advances, 5(9). doi:10.1126/sciadv.aax2615.
- Macchia, L. and Plagnol, A.C. (2019). Life Satisfaction and Confidence in National Institutions: Evidence from South America. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 14(3), pp. 721–736. doi:10.1007/s11482-018-9606-3.
- Macchia, L., Plagnol, A.C. and Reimers, S. (2018). Does experience with high inflation affect intertemporal decision making? Sensitivity to inflation rates in Argentine and british delay discounting choices. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 75, pp. 76–83. doi:10.1016/j.socec.2018.05.006.
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Lucía is a behavioural scientist with an interdisciplinary background. Her work involves quantitative research on human happiness, physical pain, and behaviour. Integrating methods from psychology and behavioural economics, she explores how psychosocial and socioeconomic factors shape mental and physical wellbeing.
Lucía is currently a Lecturer at City, University of London; a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics; and a Research Affiliate in the Wellbeing Research Centre at the University of Oxford.
Lucía enjoys communicating science to non-academic audiences. She has written about her research in the Harvard Business Review and Behavioural Scientist and her work has been featured in popular media outlets such as Forbes, Psychology Today, The Telegraph, and the BBC.
Publications by category
- Macchia, L. and Plagnol, A. (2019). The subjective well-being political paradox: Evidence from Latin America. The Economics of Happiness: How the Easterlin Paradox Transformed Our Understanding of Well-Being and Progress Springer Nature. ISBN 978-3-030-15835-4.
- Plagnol, A.C. and Macchia, L. (2018). Economics of subjective well- being: Evaluating the evidence for the Easterlin paradox. Socio-Economic Environment and Human Psychology: Social, Ecological, and Cultural Perspectives (pp. 225–246). ISBN 978-0-19-049290-8.