About me

I hold a position as Associate Professor for Behavioral Economics (with tenure) at the Department of Economics at the University of Leuven. My research focuses on incentives and the interaction of the market participants in health and labor markets. Specifically, I am interested in the influence of non-monetary incentives and social preferences on decision-making in these domains. In a current sequence of projects I analyze the effects of the meaning of work on labor supply; the influence of professional norms on medical decision making; and the role of social preferences in situations with concentrated benefits and dispersed costs.  Another strand of research focuses on the long-term consequences of experiencing adverse events, such as periods of hunger or war, on health and labor market outcomes, and also on individual preferences and consumption behavior. In a third strand of research, I analyze both the demand and supply side in health care markets: decisions of consumers in a newly established market for description drugs, the pricing of insurance companies in an oligopolistic setting, and the interaction of profit- and non-profit firms in the long-term care market.  
I obtained a Ph.D. in economics in 2010 from the University of Munich, and I have worked there as a postdoctoral researcher until September 2014. In the last few years, I have been a visiting scholar at a number of institutions such as Boston University, the Harvard Health Care Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, the Harvard Center of Population and Development Studies, the RAND Corporation, the University of York, and the University of Mannheim. Currently, I am an Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, a member of the steering committee of the German Society for Health Economics (dggö), a resident visitor at the RAND Corporation, and an affiliate of the Behavioral Experiments in Health Network as well as the Centre for Health Research at the Management School at Queen’s University, Belfast.


University of Leuven
Department of Economics
Naamsestraat 69
3000 Leuven

E-Mail: iris.kesternich@kuleuven.be


Iris Kesternich