PhD defence of Heiner Schmittdiel on 6 October 2016

On Thursday 6 October 2016 Heiner Schmittdiel will defend his PhD thesis entitled 'Paid to Quit, Cheat and Confess'. Supervisor is Professor Robert Dur (Erasmus School of Economics) and co-supervisor is Dr. Josse Delfgaauw.

About 'Paid to Quit, Cheat and Confess' 

When people or organizations engage in voluntary exchange, it is crucial how much information either side of a deal disposes of. The common theme in the chapters of this book is asymmetric information, which can create an imbalance of power between the two parties involved in a transaction. The author describes a variety of instruments that the informationally disadvantaged organizations may use to overcome the resulting adverse selection and moral hazard problems. In doing so, he deviates from the neoclassical assumption of selfishness and introduces bounds to individual rationality in his models. The topics that are investigated range from tax evasion to innovative personnel policies.

About Heiner Schmittdiel

Heiner Schmittdiel studied Economics at Universidad de Cantabria, Spain and Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany, where he obtained his bachelor's degree in 2007. He further holds an M.Phil from Tinbergen Institute and Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands. In 2011, he joined the Erasmus School of Economics in Rotterdam, where he conducted research in Applied Microeconomics and taught classes on Personnel Economics. His current research interests lie at the intersection of Organiszational Economics and Behavioral Economics.

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Heiner conducted his doctoral research at the Tinbergen Institute. The Tinbergen Institute is a joint research institute of Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Amsterdam and Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of VU University Amsterdam.

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