I am currently working under the supervision of Jens Prüfer and Jan Potters on my Doctoral Thesis. My research mainly concerns privacy choices in the wake of Big Data. Using behavioral microeconomic modeling as well as laboratory experiments, I focus in particular on the effects of limited strategic sophistication of consumers.
Primary Fields: Behavioral Economics, Industrial Organization, Law & Economics
Secondary Fields: Experimental Economics, Applied Microeconomic Theory
I am on the academic job market this season and will be available for interviews at the 2017 ASSA Annual Meeting in Chicago. For more information you can also visit my personal website.
Most recent publications
- PhD Student in Economics (Since 09/2013; graduation expected in 2017)
Department of Economics, Tilburg University
Supervisors: Jens Prüfer, Jan Potters
- Research Master (M.Sc.) in Economics - with distinction (08/2011-08/2013)
CentER Graduate School, Tilburg University
Bachelor of Science in "Management, Philosophy & Economics" (09/2007-02/2011)
- Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
I have also served in the following roles at Tilburg University:
- Employee Representative in the Faculty Council(Since 01/2016)
- Chairman of the Graduate Students Society (09/2014-05/2016)
- Graduate Students Representative in the Programme Committee Economics (09/2011/09/2014)
Most recent publications
Job Market Paper
While consumers often feel overwhelmed by the complexity involved in choices regarding personal data, sellers with superior information processing algorithms are enabled to make more tailored offers in times of increasing datafication. We construct a model where consumers are confronted with a seller whose big data algorithms extract surplus via customized pricing. They face a trade-off between a direct, transaction cost-free sales channel and a privacy-protecting, but costly, channel when buying a product. We show that the privacy-protecting channel is used even in the absence of an explicit taste for privacy if consumers are not too strategically sophisticated, thereby microfounding privacy preferences.
We develop a dynamic resource extraction game that mimics the global multi-generation planning problem for climate change and fossil fuel extraction. We implement the game under different conditions in the laboratory. Compared to a "liberal" baseline condition, we find that policy interventions that provide a costly commitment device or reduce climate threshold uncertainty reduce resource extraction. We also study two ethics conditions to assess the underlying social preferences and the viability of ecological dictatorship. Our results suggest climate-change policies to focus on investments that lock the economy into carbon-free energy sources.
Work in Progress
"Predictive Algorithms and Consumer Behavior"
This project investigates how consumers fare when predictive algorithms are not working for, but against them: when they predict not only which product a consumer is interested in, but also how much he or she is willing to pay for it. Developing a laboratory experiment, where subjects can hide their assigned valuation of a good from a computerized seller at a cost, I ask: Do subjects anticipate that hiding their valuation can be exploited in such markets and can their behavior be explained by a limited sophistication model of level-k thinking? First tests show that subjects behave inconsistent with unlimited strategic sophistication as the strategic nature of the game is hard to grasp.
I presented work at the following refeered conferences or invited talks:
2017: Department Seminar at Telecom ParisTech (scheduled)
2016: Economic Science Association (ESA) European Meeting · The Choice Lab PhD Workshop at Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) · 20th Annual Conference of the Society for Institutional & Organizational Economics (SIOE) · 14th ZEW Conference on The Economics of Information and Communication Technologies · Program on Economics & Privacy: Digital Information Policy Scholars Conference · ENTER Jamboree 2016 · 2nd Workshop on Industrial Organization in the Digital Economy
2015: Research Roundtable for Economists on Law & Economics of Privacy and Data Security · 19th Annual Conference of the International Society for New Institutional Economics (ISNIE) · 9th Competition Law and Economics European Network (CLEEN) Workshop · ENTER Exchange Seminar
2014: 13th Session of the European School on New Institutional Economics (ESNIE 2014)
In the academic year 2016/17 I am involved in teaching the following subjects:
- Business Taxation and Decision-Making Processes for IBTE (Lecturer, Graduate Level)
- Industrial Organization (Teaching Assistant, Undergraduate Level)
More detailed information about these courses is available via the Electronic Study Guide.
In previous years, I have been involved in teaching the following subjects:
- Business Taxation and Decision-Making Processes for IBTE in 2013/14, 2014/15 & 2015/16 (Lecturer, Graduate Level)
- Industrial Organization in 2014/15 & 2015/16 (Teaching Assistant, Undergraduate Level)
Teaching activities elsewhere
At Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, I have been involved in teaching the following subjects:
- Theories and Models in Rational Decision-Making 1 in 2010 (Teaching Assistant, Undergraduate Level)
- Game Theory 1 & 2 in 2009/10 (Teaching Assistant, Undergraduate Level)