A short introduction
I am a behavioral economist and use a broad portfolio of research methods—including experiments and advanced micro-econometric techniques—to further our understanding of human judgment and decision making. My work has been published in leading international journals.
Whereas most empirical research in judgment and decision making relies on experiments or surveys, I often employ large and rich data sets from carefully selected field settings that can be characterized as natural (or “naturally occurring”) experiments.
Some of the settings that I use are highly controlled and almost appear to be designed by a researcher. Game shows are a good example: they are typically repeated under similar conditions, with the same strict and well-defined rules.
Complementary to both laboratory experiments and conventional field data, game shows allow us to study high-stakes choices of a diverse group of individuals in a very public environment.
By carefully selecting useful shows I have been able to use them to study cooperation, lying, bargaining, strategic sophistication, the determinants of giving behavior, and gender differences in willingness to compete.
In addition, I also employ large datasets from casinos, lotteries, and sports leagues to test a wide range of behavioral hypotheses.
Furthermore, I use laboratory and online experiments to test hypotheses that cannot be straightforwardly tested with field data and have worked on measuring economic preferences using incentivized experiments.
In some cases, my research has direct value to organizations. After developing a method to measure loss aversion, I have assisted the asset management branch of the Belgian bank KBC to develop a gamified app based on this method.
My work has been covered by the international press, for instance by the Wall Street Journal, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Financial Times, the Independent, and the Times.
I have teaching experience in bachelor, master, and executive education programs, and received excellent student feedback for all of my teaching. I am also well prepared for online education.
Currently, I serve as an associate editor at the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.
Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.