Bio statement:
I studied economics at the University of Vienna, Austria, and received my PhD (cum laude) in the economic and social sciences (Dr. rer. soc. oec.) also at the University of Vienna in 1997. I was pre-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna (1993-1997). From 1998-2005 I was successively postdoctoral fellow, assistant professor and associate professor at the Center of Research in Experimental Economics and political Decision-making (CREED) at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Since 2005 I am full professor of public economics at Maastricht University. In 2000 I received the Hicks-Tinbergen medal (together with Ernst Fehr and Georg Kirchsteiger) of the European Economic Association for the best paper published in 1998-1999 in the European Economic Review. I served as Head of Department of Economics (micro- and public economics unit) from 2007-2010. I am member of the executive committee of the Economic Science Association (since 2010), member of the scientific advisory board of the Max Planck Institute in Economics, Germany (since 2008), and regularly serves as editor and scientific advisor of international peer reviewed journals and conferences. I am a fellow of the International Center for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn, Germany (since 2004), the Center for Economic Studies/Institute for Economic Research (CESifo), Munich, Germany (since 2006), and the Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement (Netspar), Tilburg, the Netherlands (since 2009). Since 2015 I head the Maastricht University CEnter of Neureconomics (MU-CEN). In my research I use tools and methods of behavioral and experimental economics and game theory to investigate individual and interactive decision-making in a variety of social and economic situations. My research approach is strongly interdisciplinary using insights from biology, psychology, neuroscience and economics. I have published in top general interest journals as well as top journals in economics, biology, neuroscience, and political science.