Research

I am an assistant professor of economics at the 
University of Amsterdam and a research fellow at the Tinbergen Institute. I am interested in behavioural economics and empirical microeconomics. In my work I use lab and field experiments as well as survey data.



Working papers:

Gender and Redistribution: Experimental Evidence (with Louis Putterman and Joël van der Weele)
Can gender differences in overconfidence and risk preferences explain why women are more in favour of redistributive policies than men?

Measuring responsiveness to feedback as a personal trait (with Leonie Gerhards and Joël van der Weele)
Is responsiveness to feedback on relative ability a stable trait that can be measured at the individual level? Can it predict competitive choices?

How does the gender difference in willingness to compete evolve with experience?
Does the willingness to compete of men and women react differently to winning and losing? Do gender differences in willingness to compete shrink or increase with experience?

Do Gays Shy Away from Competition? Do Lesbians Compete Too Much? (with Lydia Geijtenbeek and Erik Plug)
Can differences in willingness to compete explain why gays earn less than straight men and lesbians earn more than straight women? Press: The EconomistMarginal Revolution, IZA Newsroom

Handedness Predicts Social Preferences: Evidence Connecting the Lab to the Field
Do right and left-handers differ in their social preferences? Press: De Groene Amsterdammer


Publications:

The impact of stress on tournament entry Experimental Economics forthcoming (with Anna Dreber and Johanna Möllerström)
Do stress reactions to competing predict willingness to compete in a tournament? Is there a causal effect of stress on willingness to compete?

The impact of positive and negative income changes on the height and weight of young children World Bank Economic Review forthcoming (with Hessel Oosterbeek, Erik Plug, Juan Ponce and José Rosero).
Does gaining or losing a government cash transfer affect the health of young children in poor families?

Do people become more or less challenge seeking after losing in a competition?

The Flipside of Comparative Payment Schemes Management Science 62(9). (2016). 2626-2638. (with Anna Dreber).
Do competitive payment schemes have a negative spillover effect on people's willingness to cooperate?

The effect of income on religiousness American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 7(3). (2015). 178-95.
Do exogenous shocks to household income affect religious denomination and church attendance? Press: Economista X

Gender, Competitiveness and Career Choices Quarterly Journal of Economics 129(3). (2014). 1409-1447. (with Muriel Niederle and Hessel Oosterbeek). Online appendix.
Can gender differences in competitiveness explain gender differences in the choice of academic field? Press: Science, Washington PostLes Affaires

Digit ratios, the menstrual cycle and social preferences Games and Economic Behavior 76(2). (2012). 457-470.
Are choices in social preference games influenced by current and prenatal differences in the exposure to sex hormones?

Multitasking Experimental Economics 15(4). (2012). 641-655. (with Noemi Peter) Winner of editors’ award for best paper in Experimental Economics in 2012 
Is switching between tasks good or bad for productivity? Do people optimally choose their degree of task switching? Press: Huffington PostESBChronicle of Higher Education, FAZClear ThinkingThe Straight Dope

The impact of the menstrual cycle and hormonal contraceptives on competitiveness Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 83(1). (2012). 1-10.
Does willingness to compete against others vary over the menstrual cycle and with the intake of hormonal contraceptives? Press: SpiegelScience PaloozaSargassoStats and Curiosities: From Harvard Business Review