Joël van der Weele appointed Professor of Economic Psychology
As of 1 January 2023, Joël van der Weele has been appointed Professor of Economic Psychology at the Amsterdam School of Economics, University of Amsterdam. He will be working at the Microeconomics section.
Van de Weele's research focuses on issues at the intersection of economics and psychology. In this context, one phenomenon he studies in particular is ‘motivated cognition. ‘This refers to the idea that people don’t always base their opinions solely on logic and evidence. People’s desires, motives and ego also play a role. This means that economic incentives and economic status determine how we see the world and which arguments we find valid’, explains the new professor.
Van der Weele received his doctorate in Economics from the European University Institute, Italy in 2009. From 2009 to 2013, Van der Weele worked as a researcher at Goethe University Frankfurt. Since 2013, he has been working as a researcher and lecturer at the Center for Research in Experimental Economics (CREED) of the Amsterdam School of Economics.