Dr Danae Arroyos-Calvera

Dr Danae Arroyos-Calvera

The Department of Economics
Research Fellow in Economics

Contact details

Room 136, JG Smith Building
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, UK
B15 2TT

Danae is a post-doctoral research fellow in Economics. Her postdoc position entails doing research on the value and discounting of a life year lost to pollution. More generally, she conducts research in choice and valuation at the intersection of behavioural, experimental and health economics. Her current work focuses on studying decisions that involve health and physical risk reductions, and learning more about social preferences and morality.


  • Research Fellow in Economics
  • PhD in Behavioural Science, University of Warwick (UK), 2018
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2017
  • MSc in Behavioural Economics, Erasmus School of Economics (Netherlands), 2014
  • BSc in International Business Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain), 2013


Danae received her PhD in behavioural science from the University of Warwick. In the summer of 2017, she was a research fellow at the Centre for Effective Altruism in Oxford. Prior to her PhD, she completed a masters degree in behavioural economics at the Erasmus School of Economics in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She obtained her undergraduate degree in international business economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.


Research interests

  • Valuation of non-market goods
  • Social preferences and morality
  • Decision making across domains

Current projects

“Discounting for delay and the value of a life year lost to air pollution” (funded by ESRC, PI Dr. Rebecca McDonald)

“Risk, Time and Society: the behavioural economics of value” (funded by the Leverhulme Trust, PI Prof. Graham Loomes):

  • Testing the reduction of compound lotteries axiom in the standard gamble with objects and money – with G. Loomes, A. Isoni & R. McDonald
  • The common ratio effect with consumer goods – with A. Isoni, G. Loomes & R. McDonald
  • The equity-efficiency trade-off for the selfish and the selfless – with R. McDonald, J. Covey & G. Loomes

Other projects on valuation:

  • An empirical investigation of safety-focused altruism – with R. McDonald, J. Covey & G. Loomes

Other projects on social preferences and morality:

  • Revisiting social preferences under risk – with B. Rigal, R. McDonald & D. Read
  • Are decisions by good people more justifyiable? – with N. Powdthavee & J. Knetsch