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Kim Fairley

Assistant Professor

Dr. K. Fairley
+31 71 527 3885

Kim Fairley is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Leiden University.

More information about Kim Fairley

Short bio

Her expertise concerns human decision-making. In particular, she studies people’s preferences for risk and uncertainty and relates these to individuals’ social, health and financial behaviors. In addressing this research theme, she has adopted an interdisciplinary approach by combining theories and experimental methodologies stemming from economics, psychology and neuroscience.

Kim obtained her PhD in Economics from Radboud University in 2016 with her thesis titled ‘Behavioral and neuroscientific essays on decision-making under uncertainty’. She then went on to do a postdoctoral study (2016-2018) at the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder. Here, she expanded the scope of her research by including the use of psychological risk tasks. In her current role at Leiden, she utilizes and embeds her experimental background in the department’s strong focus on social policy themes like health, pension and aging.

Current positions

  • Assistant Professor in Economics


  • PhD in Economics, Radboud University (2016), thesis on ‘Behavioral and neuroscientific essays on decision-making under uncertainty’.
  • MSc in Financial Economics (2011), Radboud University, thesis on ‘Decomposing trust: an ambiguity versus a risky setting’.
  • Honors Program (2008-2010), Radboud University.


Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization


Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut Fiscale en Economische vakken
  • Economie

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B2.03



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