Short Bio of Jean-Robert Tyran

Jean-Robert Tyran is a professor of public economics at the University of Vienna and a director of the Vienna Center for Experimental Economics. He has served as a member of various editorial boards (Experimental Economics, European Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Journal of the Economic Science Association, Judgment and Decision Making), and professional Boards (Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics, Economic Science Association, German Economic Association). He is a research fellow at various institutions (CEPR, London; EPRU, U Copenhagen) and has held numerous visiting positions (Harvard Kennedy School, London School of Economics, Caltech, among others). He is also part-time Professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Copenhagen. Before moving to Vienna in September 2010, he was at U Copenhagen since 2004, and at U St. Gallen since 1997. He has earned his PhD in economics at the U of Zurich finishing in 1997.

In his research, Jean-Robert Tyran mainly investigates how institutions like markets and democracy are shaped by bounded rationality and social preferences. He established an internet-based platform for running large-scale economic experiments (iLEE), (watch this video to see how he explains the uses of experimental economics and iLEE in particular to the Queen of Denmark).

Jean-Robert Tyran has published more than 50 papers in refereed journals, including field journals such as Journal of Public Economics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics and Games and Economic Behavior as well as in general interest journals such as American Economic Review, Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, Economic Journal, Journal of the European Economic Association and Science. His current research projects are listed here.

Watch this video of a keynote lecture Jean-Robert Tyran gave on behavioral and experimental public choice at the CEU in Budapest in 2017.

Tyran has been serving as Vice-Rector for Research and International Affairs at the University of Vienna since 2018.
During his Service as the Dean of the Faculty for 2016-18 Tyran also organized events for the public on general topics in economics (video). He has also intiated the Vienna Behavioral Economics Network (VBEN) to spread the word outside the academic community and to discuss ideas from Behavioral and Experimental Economics with people from the business world, society and state (video).

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Academic Degrees

03/2004:                    PD (U St. Gallen), Habilitation in Economics

04/1997:                    Dr. oec. publ. (U Zurich), summa cum laude

07/1994:                    lic. oec. publ. (U Zurich), summa cum laude


Professional Positions

09/2010 -                   Professor of Economics, University of Vienna

07/2005 -                   Professor Economics, University of Copenhagen (until 08/2010 full time, from 09/2010 part-time)

04/2004 - 06/2005     Associate Professor of Economics, University of Copenhagen

10/1997 - 03/2004     Assistant Professor of Economics, University of St. Gallen



02/2018 -                   Vice-Rector for Research and International Affairs, University of Vienna

10/2016 - 01/2018     Dean, Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics, University of Vienna

10/2014 - 09/2016     Vicedean of Research, Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics, University of Vienna

01/2011 -                   Director, Vienna Center for Experimental Economics (VCEE, University of Vienna)

06/2007 -                   Director, iLEE (internet Laboratory for Experimental Economics, U Copenhagen)

01/2008 - 08/2014     Director, CEE (Center for Experimental Economics, U Copenhagen)

07/2010 - 08/2015     Associate editor of the Journal Judgment and Decision Making

12/2012 - 12/2016     Associate editor of the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics

09/2009 -                   Editorial Board of the Journal Experimental Economics

06/2013 - 08/2017     Editorial Board of the Journal of Experimental Political Science

07/2005 -                   Editorial Board of the European Journal of Political Economy

09/2014 -                   Editorial Board of the Journal of the Economic Science Association

05/2009 - 06/2012     Executive Committee of the Economic Science Association (ESA)

09/2016 -                   Chairman of the Board of Vienna Behavioral Economics Network (VBEN)

08/2008 - 12/2020     Board of the Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics (SABE)

12/2007 - 12/2016     Research Associate, CAMA (Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Australian National University)

05/2012 - 12/2013     Member, iv.future.lab (Vienna)

10/2011 - 08/2017     Affiliated Researcher, Choice Lab (NHH Bergen)

03/2006 -                   Research Fellow, EPRU (Economic Policy Research Unit, Copenhagen)

01/2006 - 09/2014     Associate Member, FRU (Finance Research Unit, Copenhagen)

09/2005 -                   Research Fellow, CEPR (Centre for Economic Policy Research, London)

09/2004                     I was awarded the Prix Latsis Universitaire for my work on Behavioral Economics and Institutions
(here's the speech I gave at the award ceremony)


Visiting and teaching positions

France: Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne (LEEP); Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg (BETA); Université de Rennes 1, Université Lyon II, (GATE)

Germany: Konstanz, WZB Berlin (Short-term)

Netherlands: University of Amsterdam (CREED)

Sweden: Stockholm School of Economics

UK: London School of Economics

USA: Center for Business and Government, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, NYU New York

other: NYU Abu Dhabi