The Chair in Finance conducts research in various fields of finance. Much of the research is conducted in behavioral finance, experimental finance and behavioral decision making. Members of the chair have recently published in the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, American Economic Review, Management Science and Review of Finance. Close connections exist to the Society for Experimental Finance.
The chair offers teaching courses in all areas of finance and on all levels. These include risk management, financial regulation, corporate finance, the functioning of financial markets (price formation etc.), financial innovation, and of course behavioral and experimental finance. All members of the chair regularly supervise bachelor's and master's theses.
2021-02: We welcome Anita Kopányi-Peuker as a new member and Assistant Professor of the Chair of Finance!
2021-01: New publications: Hoyer, K., Zeisberger, S., Breugelmans, S., & Zeelenberg, M.: "Greed and Individual Trading Behavior in Experimental Asset Markets", Decision and Lange, A., Schmitz, J., & Schwirplies, C. "Inequality, role reversal and cooperation in multiple group membership settings" Experimental Economics
2021-01: Sascha Füllbrunn, together with Ernan Haruvy, host a virtual Experimental Finance Workshop on January 13. For more information see www.ru.nl/imr/vefw3.
2020-11: New publication: Buckle, G.E., Füllbrunn, S.C. & Luhan, W.J.: Lying for Others: The Impact of Agency on Misreporting. Economics Letters
2020-10: Dutch Minister of Finance Wopke Hoekstra delivered the research report “Niet-bancaire kredietverlening – een blik in de black box” by Sascha Füllbrunn, Dirk-Jan Janssen and Utz Weitzel to the Dutch House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer). For more information see below.
2020-10: We are hiring! We seek applications for a tenure-track position in finance. Deadline: 15 November 2020
2020-10: Sascha Füllbrunn, together with Ernan Haruvy, host a virtual Experimental Finance workshop.
2020-09: New publication: Füllbrunn, S. & Neugebauer, T.: "Testing market regulations in experimental asset markets - the case of margin purchases" Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
2020-09: Two new publications in Energy Policy by Jan Schmitz. See publications site.
2020-06: New solo-authored publication by Jan Schmitz in Management Science: Is Charitable Giving a Zero Sum Game?-The Effect of Competition Between Charities on Giving Behavior.
2020-03: Journal of Economic Psychology's special issue Decision Making for Others is published, edited by Sascha Füllbrunn, Wolfgang Luhan and Alan Sanfey.
2020-01: Sascha Füllbrunn, Dirk-Jan Janssen, and Utz Weitzel started the research project on alternative financing opportunities for small companies using a multiple methods approach including different data generation procedures, web-research, and interviews. The project is initiated upon request from the Ministry of Finance.
2020-01: New publication: Füllbrunn, S., Luhan, W. & Sanfey, A. (2020). Current Issues in Decision Making for Others. Journal of Economic Psychology
2019-12: New publication: Füllbrunn, S., Nicklisch, A. & Neugebauer, T. (2019). Underpricing of initial public offerings in experimental asset markets. Experimental Economics
2019-11: New publication: Ghesla, C., Grieder, M., Schmitz, J., & Stadelmann, M. (2020). Pro-Environmental Incentives and Loss Aversion: A Field Experiment on Electricity Saving Behavior. Energy Policy
2019-11: New publication: Borsboom, C. & Zeisberger, S. (2020). What makes an investment risky? An analysis of price path characteristics. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
2019-10: We welcome Jan Schmitz as new assistant professor in our team!
2019-10: New publication: Holzmeister, F., Huber, J., Kirchler, M., Lindner, F., Weitzel, U. & Zeisberger, S. (forthcoming). What Drives Risk Perception? A Global Survey with Financial Professionals and Lay People, Management Science
2019-10: New publication: Janssen, D.-J., Füllbrunn, S. & Weitzel, U. (2019). Individual Speculative Behavior and Overpricing in Experimental Asset Markets. Experimental Economics
2019-09: In an 'experimental garden' session at Radboud University, Sascha Füllbrunn will let students experience how decision-making processes in practice often deviate from theory and why this is the case. More information here.
2019-09: New publication: Huber, J., Palan, S., Zeisberger, S. (2019). Does Investor Risk Perception Drive Asset Prices in Markets? Experimental Evidence. Journal of Banking & Finance
Recent past events (selection)
International Virtual Experimental Finance Workshop (vEFW)
Sascha Füllbrunn, together with Ernan Haruvy (McGill University, Montreal), hosted the first virtual Experimental Finance Workshop on November 11th and November 18th via zoom. On each day, eight speakers presented their current research projects accompanied by discussants. More than one-hundred participants each day listened to talks related to experimental finance methodology, which includes testing market anomalies, understanding trader’s and investor’s behavioural biases or testing decision models, among others.
On the first day, Martin Weber (University of Mannheim, Germany) gave the keynote on the relevance of experiments in finance.
Charles Noussair (University Arizona) held the second keynote about quantile preference together with his view on the methodology.
European participants were attending in the late afternoon, the West-coast US participants had to get up quite early, and Asia-Pacific participants had a long night. Sascha and Ernan used the meeting to talk about the setup of their planned Handbook of Experimental Finance. This meeting was co-presented by the hotspot Integrated Decision Making.
Due to the great success, they scheduled a third meeting on January 13th 2021 with Brice Corgnet (EM-Lyin Business School) being the keynote speaker. Most of the speakers are already confirmed.
Minister of Finance delivered a research report from IMR researchers to the Tweede Kamer
The Dutch Minister of Finance Wopke Hoekstra delivered the research report “Niet-bancaire kredietverlening – een blik in de black box” by Sascha Füllbrunn, Dirk-Jan Janssen and Utz Weitzel to the Dutch House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer). The research project aimed to open the ‘black box’ of online credit provision in the Netherlands for small companies and self-employed people, for whom the consumer credit protection does not hold. The researchers analysed the web-pages of the credit providers, conducted a survey with the credit takers and the credit providers, and sent registered self-employed people to request credits from the online credit providers (Mystery Shopping).
They find the effective annual rate (jaarlijkse kostenpercentages) within a range of 8% and 421%, depending on the credit amount and duration. The relevant cost factors were often not clearly communicated such that the rates provided are still estimates for some of the credit providers. The credit takers only received detailed information after submitting personal information. Even though the credit providers advertise their background check to be quick and without the necessity to provide plenty of documents, the actual process did not always match the promise as mystery shoppers found out. However, the survey in line with earlier reports shows that the number of credit requests and credit needs was still below 25%. At the very end, those respondents requested regular bank loans often lacking further knowledge about alternative financing opportunities.
The Dutch Ministry of Finance commissioned this project. The researchers got valuable support from the AFM, Stichting MKB Financiering, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, DYNATA, EXCAP and colleagues from the Institute for Management Research.
The report next to the letter of the Dutch Minister of Finance is available at
Five new innovative education 'proeftuinen' (experimental gardens) were awarded during a festive meeting on 13 June. All the winners will start working on their project in the area of ICT in education in the new academic year. The proeftuinen are facilitated by the ICT in Education programme. One of the winners is Dr Sascha Füllbrunn, Associate Professor of Financial Economy.
Dr Sascha Füllbrunn will use his proeftuin for “learning by reflecting on what has been done”. In several of the courses within the Economy degree programme, the influence of behavioural prejudice or literacy (financial, risk, graphical) on human decision making is discussed.
Students now learn from theories, but with his proeftuin, Füllbrunn wants to create an environment in which students can experience situations in which they are required to make decisions. Depending on the decision taken, the student will receive feedback. This confronts them with the decision-making process that is related to the theory. This way, the student will gain a better understanding of where the decision-making deviates from optimal behaviour and will hopefully experience a “Eureka! moment”.
In July 2018 the Nijmegen School of Management organized a conference on Decision Making for Others. 40 researchers from all over the world participated in a multidisciplinary exchange of ideas and experiences. The conference served as a good start to advertise the special issue on Decision Making for Others at the Journal of Economic Psychology, to be published in 2019.
More information: DMfO Conference
In June 2015 Radboud University was hosting the Experimental Finance conference in Nijmegen in cooperation with the Society for Experimental Finance. Keynote speakers were Bruno Biais and Nobel Prize winner Vernon Smith.