Welcome! and thank you for visiting my personal research website!

I am an 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 cooperating with several 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 2012, 2013 and 2014 and the University of Toulouse in 2013. This fall I will visit the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

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

The Altruism of the Rich and the Poor

Paul Smeets blog

Altruistic behavior is a fascinating topic. On the first hand, it’s something of an evolutionary puzzle as to why an organism would provide benefits to others at an expense to itself. By...
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NWO Veni grant for Paul Smeets

Paul Smeets blog

Paul Smeets has been awarded a research grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The Veni grants are for outstanding researchers who have recently earned their PhD, are...
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Donors Likely to Give Less if They Stand to Benefit

Paul Smeets blog

Socially responsible investing allows people to earn a financial return while doing good. But the promise of receiving a personal benefit from a charitable act may actually lower the amount wealthy...
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