Thesis defence coming up: Three questions for Marco Islam

Published: 2022-05-19

After completing the doctoral education PhD student Marco Islam will defend his thesis 3 June. Get a quick glimpse of his thesis, experiences and near future.

You are about to defend your thesis Economic Experiments on Behavior, Beliefs and Preferences. In short, what is your thesis about?

”My dissertation consists of four papers, which share the use of experimental methods to investigate causal relations. Using different settings – the field, the lab, an online platform, and telephone interviews – as well as different treatment interventions, I study economic behavior and its underpinning beliefs and preferences. In all four studies, the data used for analysis are collected entirely through experimental tasks
and surveys, as each study examines variables that are not readily observable or could not be obtained through third party data.
How do people assess the risks of hedonic activities? Why do people demand affirmative action? How do people’s time and social preferences interact with each other? And, why do people discount future outcomes? These are the four research questions investigated in this thesis. They address four thematically distinct research problems, and thus, set the frame for four self­-contained essays.”

Marco traditionally nailed his thesis during the “Spikning“ ceremony 10 May in the Blue Hall in EC3 at LUSEM. Here with supervisors Petra Thiemann and Erik Wengström. Photo: Charlina Lunvald.

In three words, how would you describe your years as a PhD student at LUSEM?

”Fun – That’s the first thing that comes to mind because it best describes my five years in Lund (despite two years of pandemic).”
”Patience – That’s what you need when you design experiments.”
”Rewarding – That’s how it feels when you finish your studies, when you learn new techniques and when you meet fun and interesting scholars.”
What are you up to now?

”I will go to the University of Michigan for several months after the summer and then apply for academic positions in Scandinavia.”   

Thank you, Marco! Wishing you all the best!

Marco's "Spikning"

Marco traditionally nailed his thesis during the “Spikning“ ceremony 10 May in the Blue Hall in EC3 at LUSEM. 
Photo: Charlina Lunvald.

More about Marco

Marco is a PhD student at Department of Economics, LUSEM.
About Marco's defence

Read Marco's recently published article on his thesis subject:
People downplay Covid risks to justify engagement in pleasant activities