I am a Professor in Philanthropy and Sustainable Finance

"My goal is to explore what drives individuals to invest their time and resources in ways that benefit society. I'm also focused on identifying the most impactful ways to use these resources. When I'm not working, I enjoy pursuing creative interests like improvisational theatre and playing the piano."
I conduct field surveys and field experiments with financial institutions around the globe. I link these data to real-world investment choices. My samples include retail investors, pension fund members, professional investors and millionaires.

I published in journals like The Journal of Finance, The Review of Financial Studies, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Contact me for public speaking opportunities. I was an invited speaker at ABN AMRO Bank, Deutsche Bank (Frankfurt), Rabobank, Robeco, the OECD (Paris), the Authority Financial Markets (AFM), the Central Planning Bureau (CPB), the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and the Dutch Ministry of Finance. 

See the latest updates on my research via YouTube.

My work appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Forbes, The Guardian, BBC News, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Volkskrant, NRC, EenVandaag, RTL4 news, RLT Z, Radio 1, BNR Nieuwsradio, Q Music and Slam FM! 

I was a visiting scholar at  the University of California San Diego, the University of California Los Angeles and the Toulouse School of Economics.

Paul Smeets

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