Matthias Wibral (M.)
Matthias Wibral is an Associate Professor at Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics (currently on sabbatical at the University of Oxford). He works in the fields of Behavioral Economics and Finance, Neuroeconomics, and Organizational Economics. His research focuses on understanding economic and psychological aspects of decision making and how they influence the functioning of institutions. This includes work on the design of compensation schemes or online reputations systems, determinants of organ donation attitudes and behavior, as well as on how individuals deal with risky financial decisions. A second line of research investigates the biological basis of cognitive biases and economic preferences. These research questions necessarily call for an interdisciplinary approach that exploits the complementary nature of different empirical methods such as laboratory experiments, survey data, functional magnetic resonance imaging, or pharmacological studies.
After studying economics at the University of Bonn and the University of California at Berkeley, Wibral obtained a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Bonn. Before joining Maastricht University, he was a Postdoc at the University of Bonn.
Matthias Wibral is a recipient of the IZA Young Labor Economist award, the GfeW Heinz Sauermann award for the best dissertation in experimental economics, and the teaching award of the economics department at the University of Bonn.
His research on whether consumers can learn to view the many risky decisions they face in a broader perspective was supported by a Marie Curie Fellowship of the European Union.
Coverage of his research has appeared in various international news outlets (e.g., Daily Mail, Der Standard, Handelsblatt, NZZ, Scientific American, Süddeutsche Zeitung).
Matthias Wibral is a member of Maastricht University’s research theme "Human Decisions and Policy Design", the Center of Neuroeconomics, and a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor. He also coordinates the Research Master in Neuroeconomics at Maastricht University.
- Behavioral Economics and Finance
- Organizational Economics