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I am an assistant professor of finance at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In my research I combine laboratory experiments, field experiments, and naturally occurring data to better understand human decision making, primarily in the areas of risk and uncertainty and strategic interaction.

My work has appeared in leading economic and interdisciplinary journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, Management Science, Nature Human Behaviour, and the American Economic Review. It has, amongst others, been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, the Financial Times, the Independent, the Times, and the Daily Mail.

I am a research fellow at Tinbergen Institute and an external fellow at the Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics (CeDEx) at the University of Nottingham.

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At the VU Amsterdam I teach Behavioral Finance and Real Estate (3rd year undergraduate). This course provides a behavioral perspective on real estate decision making and markets. Students learn how behavioral biases affect the decisions of participants in real estate markets, and how the bounded rationality of market participants can explain real estate market dynamics. In my part of the course, I provide students with a psychological perspective on negotiations, property valuations, and mortgage choices.

In addition, I provide tutorials in Finance (2nd year undergraduate). In this course we build the foundation for the study of corporate finance and investments. The focus is on financial decision-making in theory and practice. Our coverage of core finance topics includes: i) capital budgeting, ii) asset pricing, and iii) financial investment.

Finally, I supervise MSc theses on topics related to behavioral finance. Interested students can contact me by email.

Previously, I taught tutorials in behavioural economics and supervised BSc and MSc theses on topics related to behavioral economics and behavioral finance at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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Selected Research Output 2009 2018

The Wisdom of the Inner Crowd in Three Large Natural Experiments

van Dolder, D. & van den Assem, M. J. 2018 In : Nature Human Behaviour. 2, 1, p. 21-26

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

Comparing uncertainty aversion towards different sources

Baillon, A., Liu, N. & van Dolder, D. 2017 In : Theory and Decision. 83, 1

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

The Evil Eye: Eye Gaze and Competitiveness in Social Decision Making

Giacomantonio, M., Jordan, J., Federico, F., van den Assem, M. J. & van Dolder, D. 2018 In : European Journal of Social Psychology. 48, 3, p. 388-396

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Measuring Loss Aversion under Ambiguity: A Method to Make Prospect Theory Completely Observable

Abdellaoui, M., Bleichrodt, H., L'Haridon, O. & van Dolder, D. 2016 In : Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. 52, 1, p. 1-20

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Number Preferences in Lotteries

Wang, T. V., Potter van Loon, R. J. D., van den Assem, M. J. & van Dolder, D. 2016 In : Judgment and Decision Making. 11, 3, p. 243-259

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

Risky Choice in the Limelight

Baltussen, G., van den Assem, M. J. & van Dolder, D. 2016 In : Review of Economics and Statistics. 98, 2, p. 318-332

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Beyond Chance? The Persistence of Performance in Online Poker

Potter van Loon, R. J. D., van den Assem, M. J. & van Dolder, D. 2015 In : PLoS One. 10, 3, p. e0115479

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Standing United or Falling Divided? High Stakes Bargaining in a TV Game Show

van Dolder, D., van den Assem, M. J., Camerer, C. F. & Thaler, R. H. 2015 In : American Economic Review. 105, 5, p. 402-407

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Individual Choices in Dynamic Networks: An Experiment on Social Preferences

van Dolder, D. & Buskens, V. 2014 In : PLoS One. 9, 4

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

On the social nature of eyes: The effect of social cues in interaction and individual choice tasks

Baillon, A., Selim, A. & van Dolder, D. 2013 In : Evolution and Human Behavior. 34, 2, p. 146-154

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Split or Steal? Cooperative Behavior When the Stakes Are Large

van den Assem, M. J., van Dolder, D. & Thaler, R. H. 2012 In : Management Science. 58, 1, p. 2-20

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Coöperatie in spelshows

van den Assem, M. J. & van Dolder, D. 2012 Samenwerking in sociale dilemma's; Voorbeelden van Nederlands onderzoek. Buskens, V. I. & Maas, W. A. F. (eds.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, p. 209-234

Research output: ScientificChapter


Social motives in network formation: An experiment

Van Dolder, D. & Buskens, V. 2009 Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Game Theory for Networks, GameNets '09. Istanbul, Turkey: IEEE, p. 593-602 10 p. (Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Game Theory for Networks, GameNets '09)

Research output: ScientificConference contribution