Emma von Essen

Stockholm University Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies SE-106 91 Stockholm Sweden

Short presentation

I received my Ph.D. in Economics from Stockholm University in April 2013. In my research I focus on Microeconomics, specializing in empirical Behavioral economics. My interest is the determinants of individual differences in economic behavior in varying contexts. I have designed and conducted a broad series of empirical studies using methods ranging from lab and field-experiments to random sample surveys.

I teach Quantitative methods for Gender Studies at Stockholm University (GV2000).
Further, I conduct research at
the Department of Economics and Business at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Research interests

  • Behavioral Economics
  • Experimental Economics
  • Development economics
  • Applied econometrics


The influence of status on satisfaction with relative rewards Co-authered with Konstanze Albrecht, Armin Falk, and Klaus Fliessbach, 2013, Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience.

Gender and Competition in Adolescence: Task Matters Co-authered with Anna Dreber, and Eva Ranehill, May 2013,Experimental Economics, 10.1007/s10683-013-9361-0

Updating, Self-Confidence and Discrimination Co-authered with Konstanze Albrecht, Juliane Parys and Nora Szech, 2013, European Economic Review, Volume 60, Pages 144-169.

Gender Differences in Competitiveness and Risk Taking: Comparing Children in Colombia and Sweden, Co-authored with Juan-Camilo Cárdenas, Anna Dreber and Eva Ranehill, 2012,JEBO, Volume 83, Issue 1, Pages 11–23.

Outrunning the Gender Gap – Boys and Girls Compete Equally, Co-authored with Anna Dreber and Eva Ranehill, 2011, Experimental Economics, Volume 14, Number 4, Pages 567-582.

Idea Group Reference, Pennsylvania State University, USA, Gender and E-service in CEE and the CIS, Encyclopedia of Gender and Information Technology, Eileen M. Trauth (red), 2006.

Working papers

A matter of transient anonymity:Discrimination by gender and foreignness in online auctions, Co-authored with Jonas Karlsson. 2013. Research Papers in Economics, Department of Economics, Stockholm University. No 2013:6.

Punishment and Status, Co-authored with Eva Ranehill, 2011, Research Papers in Economics from Stockholm University, Department of Economics, No. 2011:26.

Gender and Cooperation in Children: Experiments in Colombia and Sweden, Co-authored with Eva Ranehill, 2011, Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance from Stockholm School of Economics, No. 735.

Age at pubertal onset and educational outcomes, Co-authored with Anna Dreber and Eva Ranehill.

Bostadspolitiska förändringar i Europa (European Real Estate policies in change), Co-authored with Professor Bengt Turner and Karin Andersson, 2006, Institute for Urban and Real Estate Research (IBF), Uppsala University (in Swedish).

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