André van Hoorn appointed as professor of International Economics and Trade

Date of news: 9 August 2021

On September 1, André van Hoorn will be appointed as professor of International Economics and Trade at Radboud University’s Nijmegen School of Management.

Van Hoorn uses insights from institutional economics and economic psychology in the study of international economics. His research focuses on factors that hinder or promote socio-economic interactions between people from different countries.

“I strive for an international economy that takes a broader view than just considering foreign trade and investment,” says Van Hoorn. “For me, international economics is about people, their preferences, their limitations, and their desire to work with people who are different from them. For a better understanding, we must therefore look at factors that help or hinder people from entering into fruitful socio-economic relationships with people from different countries and cultural backgrounds. The discipline must therefore also pay attention to people's feelings and anxieties, including xenophobic attitudes and social exclusion.”

About André van Hoorn

Van Hoorn (Helmond, 1976) obtained his Master's degree in General Economics at Tilburg University in 2003. In 2005, he completed his professional, post-graduate training as a financial-economic policy officer at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. In 2011, he completed his PhD research on “The Economics of Preference Heterogeneity” at Radboud University. Van Hoorn's thesis analysed existing methods for measuring heterogeneous preferences. Human preferences are not homogeneous, but instead vary systematically between groups, especially between people of different cultural backgrounds. He developed a new measurement method that has fewer limitations than the existing ones and has subsequently used this method to solve puzzles in the literature.

After receiving his PhD, André started working at the Global Economics and Management division of the University of Groningen. There he was involved in various courses and specialisations, including International Economics and Business and International Business and Management. In 2013/2014, he was a fellow-in-residence at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study (HWK) in Delmenhorst, Germany. In 2016, he returned to the Economics and Business Economics department at Radboud University.

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