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Gijs van de Kuilen appointed Professor of Decision Making under Uncertainty

PRESS RELEASE 17 July 2018 - As of July 1, 2018, Professor Gijs van de Kuilen has been appointed to the Chair of Decision Making under Uncertainty. Van de Kuilen is affiliated to the department of Economics of the Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM) of Tilburg University.

Organizations and governments increasingly recognize that in determining strategies they need to take into account not only economic factors but also psychological factors that influence decision-making behavior. Van de Kuilen will be investigating how people make decisions under conditions of uncertainty. He will be focusing mainly on the economic and psychological factors underlying individual choice behavior in these circumstances. The ultimate goal of his research is to improve the predictive power of economic models of individual choice behavior under uncertainty.

Contributions to education

Gijs van de Kuilen will develop courses and teach these in the educational programs of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Bachelor’s program and in the Behavioral Economics track of the Economics Master’s program. In these courses, recent insights and developments in the field of individual decision making under uncertainty will be incorporated as much as possible.


Scientific background

Gijs van de Kuilen studied Economics at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Otago, New Zealand. He obtained his PhD at the University of Amsterdam with the thesis “The Economic Measurement of Psychological Risk Attitudes”. Since 2007, he has been affiliated to the department of Economics of Tilburg University. In 2010, he received a VENI grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NOW), followed by a VIDI grant in 2014 for doing research on economic and psychological factors underlying irrational choice behavior. His research has been published in renowned economic and psychological scientific journals, such as The Review of Economic Studies, Economic Journal and Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Note to the editors

For more information, please contact Press Officer Annemeike Tan, tel. 013 466 2596, persvoorlichters@tilburguniversity.edu, or Gijs van de Kuilen, g.v.d.kuilen@tilburguniversity.edu, or tel. 013 466 2039