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.
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 Economist, Marginal Revolution, IZA Newsroom
Stress and the gender difference in willingness to compete (with Anna Dreber and Johanna Möllerström)
Does competition cause stress? Can gender differences in the stress reaction to competition explain gender differences in competitiveness?
Do right and left-handers differ in their social preferences? Press: De Groene Amsterdammer
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?
The impact of losing in a competition on the willingness to seek further challenges Management Science forthcoming.
Do people become more or less challenge seeking after losing in a competition?
The Flipside of Comparative Payment Schemes Management Science forthcoming (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 careers? Press: Science, Washington Post, Les 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 Post, ESB, Chronicle of Higher Education, FAZ, Clear Thinking, The 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: Spiegel, Science Palooza, Sargasso