Pablo Franco

Pablo Franco 

Research Fellow, Centre for Brain, Mind and Markets

About Pablo

Pablo Franco is a Research Fellow with the Melbourne Early Career Academic Fellowship (MECAF) program.  His general research interests lie at the intersection of human decision-making and neuroscience.

Pablo is particularly interested in understanding how computational resource constraints affect decision-making. He studies how these constraints affect human capabilities and how humans, and their brains, cope with these biological limitations.  To address these questions, he uses insights from different disciplines, including computational complexity, experimental economics and neuroscience. In particular, he uses computational complexity theory to characterise the complexity of tasks and study its effect on the quality of decisions. Moreover, he studies how complexity affects human problem-solving and the underlying neural dynamics that support it.

Other of his research interests involves human interactions in financial markets and bargaining scenarios.

Pablo is passionate about promoting digital literacy. Indeed, for several years he supported the R/RStudio community at the University by teaching workshops, organising conferences, and coordinating coding meetups.

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 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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