Daylian Cain

Associate Professor of Management and Marketing at Yale School of Management


Yale School of Management

Dr. Cain''s research focuses on "judgment and decision-making" and "behavioral business ethics." In other words, he studies the reasons why smart people do dumb things. Cain is a leading expert on conflicts of interest, especially the "perverse effects of disclosing conflicts of interest," and how to turn altruism on and off. Notably, Cain’s research has been discussed in the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Forbes, The New Yorker, the Washington Post, BusinessWeek, USA Today, the New York Times, and other top media outlets such as NPR. Cain has won national teaching awards and has also appeared as a commentator on National Geographic’s popular TV show, Brain Games.


  • Russell Sage Fellow , Harvard, 2007
  • PhD , Carnegie Mellon, 2007
  • MS , Carnegie Mellon, 2003
  • MA , UNC-Chapel Hill, 2002
  • MA , Dalhousie, 1997
  • BA , 1st Class Honors, Dalhousie, 1996


  • The Dirt on Coming Clean , "The Dirt on Coming Clean: Perverse Effects of Disclosing Conflicts of Interest" was recently named among the most relevant research studies on fiduciary reform (and presented to the SEC by the Committee for the Fiduciary Standard).
  • Master Teacher in Ethics Award , Society of Business Ethics and Wheatley Institution, 2012
  • Yale SOM Alumni Association Teaching Award , Yale School of Management Alumni Association, 2011
  • Paper of the Year , Society of Business Ethics (SBE), 2010


Courses Taught

Read about executive education

Other experts

Kenneth Demma

Exploring and mining the intersection of Customers, strategy, analytics and data, Ken Demma has been a Marketing leader for over 25 years: working to transform businesses in adopting analytically-based Marketing strategies, increasing knowledge about... and loyalty of... Customers, while improvin...

Martin Zahner

Areas of expertise Innovation & Technology Business Games in Foreign Languages German Language and Cultures Biography After 6 years of engineer studies in Biotechnology in Austria and two years of studies of German in France, Martin ZAHNER became first assistant of the language lab, teach...

Looking for an expert?

Contact us and we'll find the best option for you.

Something went wrong. We're trying to fix this error.