I am a professor of economics at the Erasmus School of Economics. I hold an MSc in econometrics (cum laude) from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and a PhD from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. I joined Erasmus University in 2000, after a two-year stint in corporate planning and strategy at Royal Dutch Shell.
In 2011-2015, I was the director of the Tinbergen Institute, the research institute and graduate school of the economics and business faculties of Erasmus University Rotterdam, VU University Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam. During those years, I was first a member, then the chair of the Taskforce Scientific Integrity of Erasmus University. I was a Fernand Braudel senior fellow at the European University Institute in 2008. In 1997, during my PhD, I spent three months at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria, in its Young Scientists Summer Program
My research deals with decision-making processes, contracting and governance. It has been published in, among others, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics and the Journal of Public Economics. I have a keen interest in networks and complexity, about which I have published in the Journal of Evolutionary Economics and Emergence: Complexity and Organization.
I am one of the principal investigators on a project on the role played by editorial board members of more than 100 economics journals in the development of economics as a science.
I have been teaching courses on decision-making processes, contracting and governance and on (applied) game theory for many years.
B. Visser & O.H. Swank (2013). Is Transparency to no Avail? Committee Decision- Making, Pre- meetings, and Credible Deals. The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 115, 967-994. doi: 10.2139/ssrn.1001232
B. Visser (2012). Lang Leven de Econometrie. Economisch-Statistische Berichten.
B. Visser (2012). Wat hebben we aan experts? Economisch-Statistische Berichten.
B. Visser, M.R. Gramberger, B. Friguet, L. Talani & K. Ullrich (1999). Prospective effects of the introduction of the Euro in border regions within the European Union. Florence: The Robert Schumann Centre, EUI
G. Fioretti & B. Visser (2005). A cognitive approach to organizational complexity. In Gianfranco Eliano Pessa Minati (Ed.), Systemics of Emergence (pp. 495-514). Springer
B. Visser & O.H. Swank (2009). Decision Making and Learning in a Globalizing World. (Extern rapport). Florence, Italy: European University Institute
S. Dominguez Martinez, O.H. Swank & B. Visser (2006). Disciplining and screening top executives. (Intern rapport, TI discussion Paper, no 2006-054/1). 3000 DR Rotterdam: TINBERGEN INSTITUUT
J. Swank, O.H. Swank & B. Visser (2006). Tranparancy and Pre-meetings. (Intern rapport, TI discussion papers, no TI 2006-051/1). 3000 DR Rotterdam: TINBERGEN INSTITUUT
O.H. Swank & B. Visser (2004). Sharing information through delegation and collaboration. (Intern rapport, Discussion Paper Tinbergen Institute, no 2004-042/1). :
B. Visser & O.H. Swank (2003). Do elections lead to informed public decisions? (Intern rapport, TI Discussion Paper, no 03-067/1). 3000 DR Rotterdam: TINBERGEN INSTITUUT
B. Visser (2002). Complexity, robustness, and performance. (Intern rapport, Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper, no 2002-048/1). :
O.H. Swank & B. Visser (2002). Delegation or voting. (Intern rapport, Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper, no 2002-005/1). :
G. Suurmond, O.H. Swank & B. Visser (2002). Vanity in politics: a problem? (Intern rapport, Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper, no 2002-123/1). :
B. Visser (1997). Organizational structure and performance. (Intern rapport, ECO, no 97/27). :
B. Visser (2010). Kijk, organisatie-economie. Oratie (2010, april 23). Rotterdam: Erasmus Universiteit
B. Visser (2000, maart 30). On correctly allocating error-prone agents in binary decisions structures. Rotterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
B. Visser (1999, december 7). On correctly allocating error-prone agents in binary decision structures. Groningen, The University of Groningen.
B. Visser (1997, juli 4). Organizational structure and performance. Ancona, Second Workshop on Economics with Heterogeneous Interacting Agents.
B. Visser (1997, augustus 29). Organizational structure and performance. Toulon, Econometric Society European Meeting.
B. Visser (1996, oktober 28). Organizational structure and performance. Alicante, ASSET meeting 96.