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Ferdinand M. Vieider, Ph.D.
Prof. of Behavioural and Development Economics
Dep. of Economics, University of Reading, UK
Email: fvieider[at]gmail.com
Tel.  +44-118-378 8208
Skype: ferdinand_vieider


Ferdinand holds the Chair of Behavioural and Development Economics at the Department of Economics, University of Reading, UK, since 2015. He headed the Risk & Development Junior Research Group at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center from August 2012 to July 2017. Before that, he was an excellence fellow at the University of Munich, and a CNRS researcher at Laboratoire GATE, University of Lyon. Ferdinand also worked as a behavioural policy consultant for the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI). He obtained his PhD in economics in 2009 from the Econometric Institute at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Tinbergen Institute. He holds a Master's degree in International Relations from LUISS Guido Carli, Rome, and a Master's of Science in Economics from CORIPE Piemonte, Turin. He spent the Fall semester 2007 visiting the Haas School of Business, University of California, at Berkeley.

Interests: Development Economics; Decision Theory; Behavioural Economics; Policy Evaluation; Bayesian Statistics

Ferdinand's main research interest is how preferences, beliefs, and institutional constraints interact in shaping the development prospects of the mostly rural populations in poor countries. To investigate these issues, he combines large-scale surveys with the experimental measurement of preferences and beliefs and with randomised control trials. Ferdinand investigates these topics mainly in field experiments in developing countries in East Africa and Asia. A central aspect in Ferdinand's research agenda is how measurements of individual preferences and beliefs can be combined with randomised control trials to increase the effectiveness of policy interventions. As an example of this, Ferdinand and his team are currently developing household-level measurements of beliefs about rainfall and preferences over rainfall uncertainty to better target index-based insurance contracts for smallholder farmers. These data are supplementad with detailed panel surveys to detect changes in behaviour and living conditions. Most of these issues are currently investigated in the context of the Low Carbon Rural Development Research Project in southern India.

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