Dr Wolfgang Luhan
I am a Reader in Behavioural Economics and the Research Lead for the Economics and Finance subject group in the Faculty of Business and Law. I have co-founded a research network on decision making for others. With my colleague Sascha Füllbrunn, I have organized an international research conference and guest-edited a special issue of the Journal of Economic Psychology on this topic.
I am part of a research network pioneering work on behavioural and experimental macroeconomics (see, e.g., my papers from 2013 and 2016) which was included in vol. 2 of the Handbook of Experimental Economics.
I work in the fields of economics, political science, and in economic psychology and I am aiming to include all aspects of social and strategic behaviour in my research.
I hold a Ph.D. in Economics (Dr.rer.soc.oec) from the University of Innsbruck (Austria) and a M.Sc. in Economics (Mag.rer.soc.oec) from the University of Linz (Austria). Before joining Portsmouth Business School I was the director and co-founder of the experimental research laboratories at the Ruhr-University of Bochum and the University of Oldenburg and a visiting professor at the University of Hamburg. I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2016 and have co-founded the behavioural research group and the economic research lab here. Since September 2019 I am the research lead for the Economics and Finance subject group.
I am interested in people’s behaviour, what factors influence their decisions, and why the standard economic model is mostly wrong. I study how we behave on markets, while bargaining, and when deciding for others.
My current research interests include:
- decision making for others
- behavioural and experimental macroeconomics
- group decisions
- experimental political economics
- social preferences
- experimental methods
- lying aversion
I have taught a large varitey of undergraduate, postgratduate and PhD courses. I am currently module coordinator for Behavioural Economics and Game Theory and I am also teaching postgraduate classes in experimental methods.
Current Ph.D. Students:
Paul-Emile Mangin, "Privatising Gains and Socialising Losses in Economic Decision Making"
Pavlin Shipkov, "Legal Services Act 2007"
Kate Whitman (third supervisor), "Understanding and Preventing Online Piracy"
Former Ph.D. Students:
Georgia Buckle, "Decision Making for Others: The Impact of Reputational Costs, Preference Differences, and Increased Responsibility"
Joanna Afonso, "Assessing the impact of microfinance programmes: learning through a collaborative project in Pakistan and Zimbabwe"
I am happy to take calls and emails from the media on my research, and am aware of the needs to respond to journalists in a timely manner. Please contact me directly on either firstname.lastname@example.org or 023 92 844129.