Pablo Franco

Pablo Franco 

Research Fellow, Brain, Mind & Markets Laboratory

About Pablo

Pablo Franco is a Research Fellow with the Melbourne Early Career Academic Fellowship (MECAF) program.  His research interests are human decision-making and its neural underpinnings. Under this umbrella he uses a plethora of insights from different disciplines, including computational complexity, experimental economics and neuroscience.

His main topic of research uses theory from computer science (computation theory) to provide insights into meta-decision making and in particular to the cognitive resource allocation process in the brain. Specifically, he studies how resource constraints affect human behaviour and how humans, and their brains, cope with these biological limitations.

Other of his research interests involve human interactions at the level of financial markets and bargaining interactions.

Pablo is also involved in promoting digital literacy at the University of Melbourne. He manages the R/RStudio community at the University, organises meetups and gives workshops on R/RStudio.

He was previously a PhD student in the Lab's Decision, Risk and Financial Sciences doctoral program. He also holds a Bachelor in Mathematics and a Bachelor in Economics, both from Universidad de los Andes, as well as a master in Neuroeconomics from Maastricht University. During his master’s degree he did a research internship in Colin Camerer’s lab at Caltech. Between degrees Pablo also worked at the central bank of Colombia as an analyst in the financial stability department.


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Contact details

Email: juan.franco[at]
Phone: +61 3 9035 9950
Personal webpage:
Office: Level 12, The Spot, 198 Berkeley Street, Carlton

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