Personal Research Website


Welcome and thank you for visiting my personal research website!

I am Dr. Paul Smeets, Assistant Professor in Finance at Maastricht University (the Netherlands)

My research focus is on behavioral economics and social finance, with a particular interest in philanthropy, socially responsible investments and the effect of hormones on financial decision making. In my recent projects I have been collaborating with several large Dutch banks, pension funds and mutual fund providers. With these financial institutions I conduct field experiments among their clients and professional investors.

My recent paper “Giving Behavior of Millionaires” is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. For a quick introduction into this paper, you can also watch my talk at the Rabo College Day.

I visited the University of California San Diego in Fall 2012, 2013 and 2014 and the University of Toulouse in December 2013.

At Maastricht University, I coordinate a Bachelor course on Corporate Finance and a Master course on Sustainable Finance.

Get in touch

E-mail: pm.smeets (at)

Phone: +31 (0)43 388 3643



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