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Date: May 25, 2020

Tomáš Jagelka awarded for his research

Tomáš Jagelka, post-doctoral researcher at the Cluster ECONtribute, was awarded with the prize of the French Association of Economic Science (ASFE) for the best PhD thesis in economics defended in France in 2019.

In his thesis “Preferences, Ability, and Personality: Understanding Decision-making Under Risk and Delay” Jagelka focuses on improving the measurement of preferences and skills using structural econometric methods. The objective is to identify the number and nature of skills required to adequately characterize human potential. In his thesis, he established a relationship between economic and psychological frameworks for understanding the drivers of human behaviour. Specifically, he demonstrated a link between preferences for risk and time – fundamental parameters of economic models – and three of the Big Five psychological personality traits. For his work at his doctoral university, the École Polytechnique, he also received a prize by the International Association for Applied Econometrics (IAAE). Jagelka's work was supervised by Christian Belzil, Research Professor at École Polytechnique.

Jagelka works with ECONtribute spokesperson Professor Thomas Dohmen at the University of Bonn. He is visiting the Center for the Economics of Human Development at the University of Chicago with Professor James J. Heckman. The goal is to set up a long-term experimental collaboration with the Laboratory Schools aimed at studying preferences and skills.

More information on Tomáš Jagelka on his website.


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