Matthias Wibral (M.)

Matthias Wibral is an Associate Professor at Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics. He works in the fields of Behavioral Economics, Economics of Digitalization, Neuroeconomics, and Organizational Economics.

His research focuses on understanding economic and psychological aspects of decision making and how they influence the functioning of institutions. One focus of his current research lies on the human side of digitalization. For example, do recruiters perceive advice from algorithms and human experts differently? A second focus of his current research lies on how individuals deal with risky decisions. This includes work on stock market expectations, the influence of social comparisons on risk taking, and a reexamination of the sunk cost fallacy.

His work has been published among others in the Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Labor Economics, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Coverage of his research has appeared in various international news outlets (e.g., NZZ, Scientific American, Süddeutsche Zeitung).

Matthias is a recipient of the IZA Young Labor Economist award and a former Marie Curie Fellow of the European Union. He is also member of Maastricht University’s research theme UM Behavioral Insights Center, and a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor. Before joining Maastricht University, he studied economics at the University of Bonn and the University of California, Berkeley, obtained a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Bonn, and was a Postdoc at the Institute for Applied Microeconomics in Bonn.

Matthias enjoys teaching introductory economics  and classes in experimental and neuroeconomics. He has recently received a sustainability grant for education. He is also the Bachelor Thesis Coordinator for the School of Business and Economics.