A short introduction

Why your department should invite me for a skype-out ☎️

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In addition, I also employ large datasets from casinos, lotteries, and sports leagues to test a wide range of behavioral hypotheses.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Currently, I serve as an associate editor at the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

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Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or want to nudge me to apply for a job at your department.

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Dennie van Dolder
Assistant Professor

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