Dr. J.T.R. (Jan) Stoop

Erasmus School of Economics (ESE)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Member ERIM
Field: Marketing
Affiliated since 2011

My research is concerned with the measurement of social preferences of humans. I do this by means of lab experiments where (usually) students are playing a game behind a computer. These games gather insights into the social preferences of the participants. Besides lab experiments, I conduct field experiments in a 'natural environment', with non-student participants. The insights gathered from these experiments show to what degree the social preferences measured in the lab carry over the the real world.

Besides research on social preferences, I study how to design optimal labour contracts. This means that we study when employees exert most effort for their boss. One can think of a contract which pays on a per-unit base, or a scheme in which only the most productive employee receives money. The way in which I study these incentives is by means of lab experiments and field experiments.


  • Academic (9)
    • Andreoni, J., Nikiforakis, N., & Stoop, J. (2021). Higher socioeconomic status does not predict decreased prosocial behavior in a field experiment. Nature Communications, 12(1), 4266. [4266]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-24519-5

    • List, JA., van Soest, DP., Stoop, J., & Zhou, H. (2020). On The Role of Group Size in Tournaments: Theory and Evidence from Lab and Field Experiments. Management Science, 66(10), 4359-4919. https://doi.org/10.1287/mnsc.2019.3441

    • Soest, van, DP., Stoop, J., & Vyrastekova, J. (2016). Towards a delineation of the circumstances in which cooperation can be sustained in environmental and resource problems. Journal of Environmental Economics & Management, 77(May), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeem.2015.12.004

    • Potters, J., & Stoop, J. (2016). Do cheaters in the lab also cheat in the field? European Economic Review, 87, 26-33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.euroecorev.2016.03.004

    • Noussair, CN., Soest, van, DP., & Stoop, J. (2015). Cooperation in a Dynamic Fishing Game: A Framed Field Experiment (AER: Papers and Proceedings). The American Economic Review, 105(5), 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.p20151018

    • Noussair, C., Soest, van, DP., & Stoop, J. (2014). Punishment, reward, and cooperation in a framed field experiment. Social Choice and Welfare, 45(3), 537-559. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00355-014-0841-8

    • Noussair, C., & Stoop, J. (2014). Time as a medium of reward in three social preference experiments. Experimental Economics, 18(3), 442-456. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10683-014-9415-y

    • Stoop, J. (2013). From the lab to the field: envelopes, dictators and manners. Experimental Economics, 17(2), 304-313. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10683-013-9368-6

    • Stoop, J., Noussair, CN., & Soest, van, DP. (2012). From the lab to the field: Cooperation among fishermen. The Journal of Political Economy, 120(6), 1027-1056. https://doi.org/10.1086/669253

  • Academic (1)
    • Stoop, J., Soest, van, DP., & Vyrastekova, J. (2013). A tale of two carrots: the effectiveness of multiple reward stages in a common pool resource game. In John List, & Michael Price (Eds.), Handbook on Experimental Economics and the Environment (pp. 291-318). Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Ning Liu
  • Time frame: 2011 - 2017


Visiting address

Office: Tinbergen Building H13-15
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam