MU-CEN: Maastricht University CEnter of Neuroeconomics

Interdisciplinary Brownbag Seminar of Behavioral Sciences – Theory and Empirics

The goal of the seminar is to establish an interdisciplinary seminar community of scholars interested in human behaviour and strategic interaction at SBE and beyond. In particular, we welcome presentations on theoretical, empirical and experimental research around this broad topic.

We are looking forward to intensifying the links in our community across disciplines, departments, and research groups. Therefore, we cordially invite colleagues from all departments at SBE and beyond who are interested in human behaviour to attend the seminar and to present their work.

One seminar slot per month will be reserved for presentations by colleagues from other departments or faculties.

Projects can be presented at any stage from early idea generation to final polishing. Not only are we curious to discuss your early stage research, but we are also happy to see the same project again at a later stage and follow your research through its whole life cycle.

Besides research presentations we also offer a forum to discuss published papers (reading group style) or to conduct a mock interview in preparation for the job market.

The seminar will be held on Thursdays from 12:00 to 13:00.

If you are interested in presenting in the seminar, please contact Egor Bronnikov ( or Till Vater  ( Please find our Best Practices summarized here
If you would like to receive the seminar reminders, please contact

Spring 2024


  • January 18, 12:00-13:00, room A1.22
    Anne Friesacher/Nicolas Kurtenbach (MPE)
    Background Uncertainty, Beliefs and Social Behaviour
  • January 25, 12:00 – 13:00, room E0.04
    Giuseppe Musillo (Tilburg University)
    It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, it’s Superman! Using Mass Media to Fight Intolerance


  • February 1, 12:00-13:00, room A1.22
    Pedro Gonzalez (MPE)
    Belief Bias Identification
  • February 8, 12:00-13:00, room C-1.03
    Eva Markowsky (University of Hamburg)
    Gender and performance under competitive pressure: A meta-analysis of experimental studies
  • February 22, 12:00-13:00, room A0.23
    Max Grossmann (University of Cologne)
    Paternalism and Deliberation
  • February 29, 12:00-13:00, room H0.06
    Aleksandr Alekseev (University of Regensburg)
    The Economics of Babysitting a Robot


  • March 14, 12:00-13:00, room C-1.05
    Marco De Carlo (IMT Luca)
    Vocal minorities in social media
  • March 21, 12:00-13:00, room C-1.05
    Jason Sockin (IZA Berlin)
    We’ve Got You Covered:
    Employer and Employee Responses to Dobbs v. Jackson
  • April 11, 12:00-13:00, room G1.01
    Max Thon (University of Cologne)
    How to increase diversity? Field-experimental evidence on emphasizing flexibility and pay in job advertisements
  • April 18, 12:00-13:00, room C-1.05 
    Riya Sa (Tilburg University)
    Text architecture: how does the partitioned response format affect what consumers say?
  • April 25, 12:00-13:00, room A0.24
    Paul Grass (University of Bonn)
    Sticky Models
  •  May 2, 12:00-13:00, room A1.22
    Till Wicker (Tilburg University)
    Helping Cash Transfer Recipients Prosper: Experimental Evidence from a Humanitarian Setting
  • May 16, 12:00-13.00, room A0.24 POSTPONED
    James Wilkinson (FPN)
    Eliciting time and effort preferences
  • May 23, 12:00-13:00, room G1.01
    Yi Sheng (Tilburg University)
    Other-regarding ethnic discrimination
  • May 30, 12:00-13.00, room C-1.03
    Carla Colossi (Utrecht University)
    Does the end justify the measure? Contraceptive choice and performance-based financing in family planning


  • June 5 (WED), 12:00-13:00, room A1.23
    Tingting Ding (James Madison University)
    Should Birds of a Feather Learn Together? An Experimental Study on How Group Composition Affects Social Learning.
  • June 20, 12:00-13:00, room A0.23
    Muhammed Bulutay (TU Berlin)
    Better than Perceived? Correcting Misperceptions about Central Bank Inflation Forecasts
  • June 27, 12:00-13:00, room t.b.a. CANCELLED
    Shuzhen Li (Utrecht University)
    Beyond returns: Probing the resilience of sustainability preferences

For previous talks, please see the Archive.