Researcher Spotlight #10 - Emma von Essen

We talk to researcher Emma von Essen about her experiences in the Lab.

2016.06.21 | Cognition and Behavior Lab

Emma von Essen

Emma von Essen

1. Hi Emma, what is your background and job role at AU?

I am Swedish and I hold a PhD in Economics from Stockholm University. I'm an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and Business.

2. What are your main areas of research? 

In my research I focus on microeconomics, specialising in empirical Behavioural Economics. My interest is understanding unequal outcomes, studying the determinants of individual differences in economic behaviour in varying contexts, as well as differences in treatment by others. I collaborate with researchers from various fields, such as Economics, Psychology and Sociology.

3. Are you involved with any teaching at the moment?

During the spring semester I supervise Bachelor and Master students. Most of my teaching takes place in the Autumn. I teach Micro-economic Theory together with Julia Nafziger and Behavioral Economics together with Julia Nafziger and Alexander Koch. In addition I also teach Natural Resources and Environmental Economics for HA students.

4. How did you hear about Cognition and Behavior Lab? 

I heard about the Lab when I had my job talk at the Department of Economics and Business Economics.

5. How have you used the Lab so far (types of studies)?  

I have used the Lab for an economic decision making study, that combined an online survey with experimental sessions in Lab 1—the computer based interaction Lab. The Lab equipment was fantastically smooth and easy to use and I really appreciated the support from Joshua Brain.

6. Is there a particular recommendation you would like to pass on to other researchers? Something you wish you had known before you started, or just a useful trick.

Present your design at a seminar before running. View the Research Ethics Checklist that you must submit as a chance to receive comments on your research design.  

7. Could you recommend one academic book to fellow colleagues that you think is of great interest?

I would recommend 'Kritik af den negative opbygglighed' by Frederik Stjernfelt and Søren Ulrik Thomsen.

8. Away from your research, what do you enjoy doing? 

Spending time with family and friends, reading fiction and practicing Taekwondo.

9. Finally, which Associated Researcher would you like to see under 'Spotlight' next time?

Andreas Lieberoth