Gerard A. Pfann

Research Fellow

Maastricht University

Gerard Pfann is professor of econometrics at the School of Business & Economics of Maastricht University and Guest Professor at the Swedish Institute of Social Studies at Stockholm University. Gerard developed a novel multi-disciplinary research methodology, called The Informed-Observer Approach to Decision Making in Firms, which combines in-depth interviews with firms’ decision makers, employee surveys, internal company data, data analytics combined with empirical micro-econometrics, aiming to improve the reality in the modeling of firms’ dynamic decision-making processes. A 5-years appointment as Akademie Onderzoeker granted by the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen enabled him to develop this research methodology. The Netherlands Research Council awarded the Informed-Observer Approach with the NWO-PIONIER grant, which led to the foundation of the Business Investment Research Center (BIRC) at Maastricht University. Gerard Pfann is the founding editor of the Journal of Empirical Finance. He acted as Editor-in-Chief for the European Economic Review for more than a decade.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 15001
published in: Economics & Human Biology, 2022, 47, 101175
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11264
published as 'Supply Shocks in the Market for Apprenticeship Training' in: Economics of Education Review, 2022, 86, 102197
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7476
published as 'Parental Involvement and the Intergenerational Transmission of Economic Preferences, Attitudes, and Personality Traits' in: Economic Journal, 2021, 131 (638), 2642–2670
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5982
published as Leading Article in: Michael Szenberg and Lall.Ram (eds.): Secrets of Economics Editors, MIT Press, 2014
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5794
published in: Applied Economics, 2013, 45 (13), 1719-1729
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5359
revised version published in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2014, 96 (5), 986-998
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4610
published as 'Reputation and Earnings: The Roles of Quality and Quantity in Academe' in: Economic Inquiry, 2012, 50 (1), 1 - 16
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1132
published in: Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2010, 72 (3), 263-280
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