Visiting Associate Professor of Economics
Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: MSC University of Gdansk, MA Bocconi University, PhD Bocconi University
Research Areas: Neuroeconomics; Behavioral Economics, Experimental Economics
Agnieszka Tymula is an Associate Professor of Economics. Her research focuses on the biological foundations of economic preferences — how preferences relate to the brain structure, change along lifespan or in illness, and how they are affected by seemingly irrelevant changes to the context in which decisions are made. Agnieszka has a particular interest in the biological and cognitive foundations of economic decision-making of groups of individuals who tend to make suboptimal decisions – adolescents, older adults, individuals affected by mental disorders, dementia and youth from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. Agnieszka’s work appeared in both science journals (such as PNAS, Journal of Neuroscience, Nature Communications) and economics journals (such as AEJ Micro, Management Science, Games and Economic Behavior), and is frequently covered by media. In 2017, she received the Society for Neuroeconomics Early Career Award for significant contributions to understanding the basis of decision making. In 2019-2021, Agnieszka serves on the board of the Society for Neuroeconomics with a goal to facilitate collaboration between academics (especially early career) from different disciplines. To promote neuroeconomics among students and share the interdisciplinary findings on the relationship between biology, cognition and economic outcomes, Agnieszka co-directs the bi-annual Summer School in Neuroeconomics at NYU Shanghai.