Ekström promoted to Full Professor
A fast-track academic career at NHH: This week Mathias Ekström was promoted to Full Professor in the field of behavioral economics. `It is an honor and a bit overwhelming´.
`How does it feel? `
`Wonderful! Becoming a professor is something every academic aspire to, at least I did, and achieving that goal just feels amazing. It is an honor and a bit overwhelming´
`In what way have your colleagues at FAIR, and the extensive international collaborations, inspired you?
`Well, I have done some research on peer effects, so I know they have big influence, Ekström says with a smile, and in this case the inspiration comes in many shapes and forms. Simply being exposed to the high-quality research produced by my colleagues has sharpened my own thinking, and then you have all the discussions with faculty, affiliates and guests that are extremely beneficial in terms of generating research ideas´.
Dedication and effort
Another important source of inspiration, he elaborates, comes from collaborating with people at the very top, by observing the dedication and effort they put in and the impact it has on the final product.
Ekström obtained his Master of Science degree in Economics from Stockholm University in 2007 and defended his PhD thesis at the same university in 2013. The title of his thesis is "Cues, Conformity, and Choice Architecture: Empirical Essays on Influence”.
He was appointed Assistant Professor at NHH in 2013, and since 2018, he has been an Associate Professor at NHH.
10 years at NHH
– This year marks ten years since you started as a researcher at NHH. Any reflections on your fast-track academic career?
`Ten years goes fast when you have fun! I am very grateful for the trust NHH and FAIR has given me in developing my own research agenda – and the support I have experienced during various setbacks. Doing research can sometimes feel like an endless rollercoaster with many ups and downs. Therefore, I think it is important to also stop and celebrate the highpoints with your colleagues, and we certainly have this culture, at both FAIR and NHH´.
Ekström submitted nine papers for evaluation, all published or forthcoming in international peer-reviewed journals. Out of nine, eight are categorized at the highest level (level 2) in the Norwegian system.
publication bonus list
`In simple terms, what is the common thread in your research? ´
`I use experiments to study how social and contextual factors shape human behavior, and the consequences it has for society. For example, I have shown how friends and peers influence the opinions we express on social media; how the framing of choice alternatives can make people more altruistic and environmentally friendly; and how lifestyle habits (such as regular exercise) can improve both academic performance and the likelihood to find a job for the unemployed´.
Two of Ekström´ s publications appear in journals that are part of NHH's prestigious publication bonus list (Journal of Political Economy and Management Science).
Additionally, four articles have been published in top-field journals (Journal of Public Economics, and Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and two in Experimental Economics).