Julia Nafziger

Staff portrait: Julia Nafziger

Julia Nafziger is associate professor at the Department. 

How long have you been employed at the Department of Economics and Business?
Since August 2008.

What is your background?
I got my diploma (MSc) in economics from the University of Munich in 2004 and my PhD from the University of Bonn in 2007. During my PhD studies I visited the University of Wisconsin/Madison, the IDEI in Toulouse and Nuffield College/Oxford. Before coming to Aarhus in 2008, I was a PostDoc at ECARES/Brussels.

What are your main areas of research?
My main research interests are applied micro theory, behavioral and experimental economics.

What research projects are you working on at the moment?
In my research, I focus on self-control problems: Many people find it difficult to resist tempting choices (such as eating unhealthy food, or surfing the internet instead of studying), even though they know they later regret it. On the one hand, I ask theoretically how effective tools like goal setting and self-rewards are to overcome such self-control problems. On the other hand, I am studying self-control problems in specific environments - such as studying and dieting. With Alexander Koch I work on a study that investigates student drop out at Aarhus University. And I am part of the TRYG subproject on "Dropout and Self-Control Problems in Youth" headed by Helena Skyt Nielsen. Finally, I recently started to work on a larger project on overweight and obesity in Vietnam (joint with Heiner Schumacher, who will join us in August; and Myriam Hadnes).

What are you involved in teaching-wise at the moment?
In the fall, I teach Micro 1 (5th semester Bsc, Economics) and parts of the elective MSc course "Economics and Psychology".

Are you planning to take part in any conferences or the like abroad in the near future?
No. Since I have a family I drastically reduced my travel activities. In the last year, I only gave two seminar presentations at other universities and attended one conference. 

Are you expecting any visiting researchers from abroad in the near future (or have you had any visitors from abroad recently)?
In August, Leonie Gerhards will join us as a PostDoc to work together with Alexander and me on the project on student drop out. In November, we will have a 1-day workshop on reference-dependent preferences and self-control.

Are you cooperating with researchers from other departments at AU at the moment?
I am a member of the interdisciplinary Interacting Minds Center at Aarhus University. Alexander and I work together with Michael Bang Petersen (Political Science) on a project that investigates the role of physical appearance in social interactions and in economic decisions. Further, in the TRYG project, we collaborate with Klaus Nielsen (Psychology).

What do you do when you are not at work?
I spend time with my family and friends. If time is left, I read books.

Supplementary question from Daniela Osterrieder: " If you could pick any city in the world to live in, which one would that be and why?"
No city. I would raise ponies in the mongolian-manchurian steppe.

Please give us your suggestion for the next department staff member to be presented:
Dan Mønster

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How did you come from Physics to Economics/Business?

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