Behavioral economist Dr Jan Stoop of Erasmus School of Economics has been awarded the prestigious Pierson Medal of the Stichting Mr. N.G. Pierson Fonds. This happened on Friday, December 11th, during the annual meeting of the KVS, the Royal Dutch association for economists. In addition to the medal Jan Stoop also receives a cash prize of 5,000 euros.
Although Jan Stoop’s resume is the shortest of all candidates, according to the jury, he largely compensates that with the content of his work. His research has already been published in the absolute top journals in Economics: the American Economic Review and the Journal of Political Economy.
Stoop focuses his research on experimental economics and, in a very creative way, he manages to scrutinize the tension that exists between the collaboration and the pursuit of self-interest. The jury was particularly impressed by the fact that Jan Stoop collect his own data, for instance among fishermen in the Dutch village Biest-Houthakker, and apply these data in both a field experiment and a laboratory experiment. Although there is a boom in laboratory experiments, there is a great need for field experiments. His work is innovative and energetic, and meets this need.
In recent years, Jan Stoop has already received many national and international recognition for his research. For instance, in 2014 Stoop's individual academic talent and the originality of his research was rewarded with a NWO Veni grant.
About Pierson Medal
The Pierson Medal is a triennial incentive award for a promising researcher who works at a School of Economics in the Netherlands. In previous years, the medal was awarded to Albert Menkveld of VU University Amsterdam (2007), Thomas Dohmen of Maastricht University (2009) and Stefan Trautmann of Tilburg University (2012).