ZSOMBOR Z. MEDER

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Research Interests:
Social Sciences
Pillar / Cluster: Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Biography

Dr. Méder is a philosopher-turned-economist interested in various aspects of decision making and strategic behavior. In his PhD thesis defended at Maastricht University, he argues for an epistemically reflected treatment of decision making through an explicit modelling of intentions and beliefs. This opens up novel ways for understanding phenomena such as procrastination, or impulsive behavior.

Dr. Méder is also fascinated by the puzzle of cooperation. He believes that social power embodied in institutional hierarchies (e.g., the military or the police) is a crucial mechanism for sustaining cooperation among humans. In the experimental work he is involved in – following the behavioral economic approach -, social power is interpreted as punishment power, i.e., the (costly) ability of an individual to decrease the welfare of others. This interpretation seems overly narrow, however, and Dr. Méder is considering other operationalizations of the notion of ‘power’ within social interactions and games.

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Maastricht University

DETAILED RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Decision Theory
  • Game Theory
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Philosophy
  • Economics

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • 2013 - Fazekas, Z., & Méder, Z. Z.: Proximity and directional theory compared: Taking discriminant positions seriously in multiparty systems. Electoral Studies 32/4, 693-707.
  • 2012 - Méder, Z.Z., Flesch, J. & Peeters, R.: Optimal choice for finite and infinite horizons. Operations Research Letters 40.6, 469-474.
  • 2012 - Méder, Z.Z., Simonovits, A. & Vincze, J.: Tax morale and tax evasion: social preferences and bounded rationality. Economic Analysis and Policy 42.2, 171-188