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Prof. Dr. Ferdinand M. Vieider
Professor of Applied Microeconomics
Department of Economics
Ghent University
Sint-Pietersplein 6
9000 Ghent, Belgium
Email: ferdinand.vieider@ugent.be
Tel.  +32-9-
Skype: ferdinand_vieider


In October 2018, I will be joining the Department of Economics at Ghent University in Belgium, as a Research Professor in Applied Microeconomics. From August 2015 to September 2018, I held the Chair of Behavioural and Development Economics at the Department of Economics, University of Reading, UK. Before that, I headed the Risk & Development Junior Research Group at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. I was also an excellence fellow at the University of Munich, and a CNRS researcher at Laboratoire GATE, University of Lyon. I obtained my PhD in economics in 2009 from the Econometric Institute at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Tinbergen Institute.

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

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.

Department of Economics — Ghent University