I am a postdoctoral researcher at CREED, the Center for Research in Experimental Economics and political Decision making of the University of Amsterdam. My main interests are experimental economics and behavioral economics.
I have a research master in neuroeconomics from Maastricht University and a PhD in behavioral economics from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. My PhD thesis entitled Improving flood preparedness using insights from economic experiments can be found here.
PhD in Behavioral Economics, 2021
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience (Research Master, Neuroeconomics), 2016
BSc in Liberal Arts & Sciences, 2014
Flooding is one of the most dangerous natural hazards worldwide, causing widespread economic damage in coastal areas, thousands of deaths and injuries, and displacing millions of people every year. Individual homeowners can take a number of measures to reduce potential flood damage to their homes, but few people in flood-prone areas invest in these measures. This thesis examines several factors that could explain the lack of voluntary investment, including moral hazard, risk misperceptions and bounded rationality. Furthermore, this thesis investigates various incentives to stimulate investments in damage-reducing measures, such as insurance incentives, risk communication in virtual reality and social norm-nudges. This is achieved by experimental economics methods: lab experiments with students, online experiments in surveys with homeowners in flood-prone areas, as well as an economic experiment using a virtual reality experience.
Nudges based on social norms (norm-nudges) can be compelling behavioral interventions compared to traditional interventions such as taxes and regulations, but they do not work in all circumstances. We tested two empirical norm-nudge frames in an online experiment on taking measures for flood preparedness with large samples of homeowners (N = 1805) in two European countries, to evaluate the possible interactions between norm-nudge effectiveness, individual characteristics and intercultural differences. We contrasted these norm-nudge treatments with a control and norm focusing treatment by asking respondents to express their beliefs about what other respondents would do before making a decision relevant to their own payoff. We find no evidence of a treatment effect, suggesting that our social norm-nudges do not affect flood preparedness in the context of a flood risk investment game.
Meat opinions - Exploring unconscious reasons for resistance towards a plant-based diet. With Meike Morren.
The importance of trust in the sharing economy. With Shaul Shalvi, Ivan Soraperra, Margarita Leib, Linh Vu and Catherine Molho.
After the virtual flood. Virtual reality experiment on flooding experiences with Wouter Botzen and Julia Blasch.