prof. dr. Martijn van den Assem

  • Phone+31 (0)20 59 86 234
  • De Boelelaan 1105, Main Building, Room 7A-58

    1081 HV Amsterdam



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Personal profile

Personal information

I am a Professor of Finance at VU Amsterdam. The scope of my chair is Financial Judgment and Decision Making. I am affiliated with the Tinbergen Institute as a Research Fellow (TI), and serve as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (JEBO).

On September 21, 2017, I gave my inaugural lecture (in Dutch; video; text; photos).


I work on themes in the fields of financial and behavioral economics. My main research interests are related to judgment and decision making. Most of my projects are empirical, and use data from unconventional sources such as TV game shows, lotteries and sports. In 2016 NWO awarded me a €800k Vidi research grant.

I am one of the initiators and organizers of the biennial Research in Behavioral Finance Conference (RBFC) series. The first three editions were held in Rotterdam (Sep 2014) and Amsterdam (Sep 2016 and Sep 2018). The next one will be in October 2021. Photos, programs and other information can be found on the RBFC website.


• Behavioral Finance (field course Tinbergen Institute) 
• Behavioral Finance (elective MSc Finance and MSc BA - Financial Management)
• Behavioral Finance & Real Estate (course minor Real Estate Economics & Finance)
• Finance (course BSc International Business Administration)
• Finance 1 (course BSc Business Administration)
• Financial Judgment & Decision Making lectures in postgraduate programmes
• Theses

Prizes and Awards

In 2016 NWO awarded me a Vidi research grant worth €800,000 for my proposal "Game show economics: Decision making in high stakes natural experiments." The grant funds the projects on my research agenda that use TV game shows to analyze the economic behavior of people (Volkskrant).

In 2018 students gave me the MSc Finance Lecturer of the Year award. In 2011 I received a Top Lecturer Award from the Erasmus School of Economics.

Ancillary activities

  • ASRE | Amsterdam | Guest lecturer | 2016-09-01 - present
  • Laurea University of Applied Sciences | Helsinki | Guest lecturer | 2018-11-01 - present
  • DVAN Advocaten | Rotterdam | Adviseur | 2020-06-15 - present

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