In 2015, Leon Hilbert obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business Psychology at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany and published his Bachelor thesis with the title “The Effects of Social Interaction and Social Norm Compliance in Pay-What-You-Want Situations”. He continued his studies doing the Research Master in Psychology at Leiden University, where he followed the track of Social and Organizational Psychology. Leon obtained his Master’s degree (cum laude) in 2017. In January 2018, he started his PhD at the Social and Organizational Psychology department at Leiden University, supervised by Prof. Wilco W. van Dijk and Dr. Marret K. Noordewier.
Leon Hilbert’s research investigates psychological effects of having too little money. Low income, debts, or other forms of economic uncertainty often result in financial scarcity, which is the experience of lacking needed (financial) resources. Financial scarcity has been shown to affect people's cognition, emotions, and decision-making, with often detrimental effects for those in financial trouble.
In his PhD project, Leon investigates whether financial scarcity also leads to lack of control. The feeling of being in control could be an important determining factor on whether people approach or avoid the financial challenges they face. When people feel they are in control of their finances, they might easily engage in tasks like paying bills and opening letters from the bank. However, when people feel that they lost the control over their financial situation, they might be more likely to remain passive or avoid dealing with their finances.
- Master Thesis supervision
- Economic and Consumer Psychology (Bachelor)
- 2015-2017: Study abroad scholarship for academic excellence of the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes” (€16,150)
- 2012-2015: Scholarship for academic excellence of the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes” (€10,400)