My name is Merle van den Akker, I’m a 23 year old girl from a small village in Limburg, the Netherlands. I have always had a keen interest in Psychology, Behavioural Science and Economics. This has led me to study both Psychology and Economics at University College Maastricht. After finishing my undergraduate education in the Netherlands I went abroad to the United Kingdom, where I went to study the MSc Behavioural and Economic Science, at the University of Warwick. After completing my second master’s degree, an MA in Social Science Research, I am in the PhD in Business and Management, specialising in Behavioural Science, at Warwick Business School.
Don’t worry, there is more to me than just my education. I do actually have some time left for hobbies. When I have a break you can find me at a festival. In day to day life I enjoy running and reading (a lot!). I get enjoyment out of reading anything and everything. I pride myself on having read everything by Agatha Christie.
And let’s be honest, I also binge-watch Netflix and party...
ABOUT THE BLOG
Money on the Mind has been an idea of mine for a long time. My experience in academia taught me the bubble that it really is and I am here to pop it! Here I take findings and insights from academia and explain them in simple(r) terms, so not just behavioural economists understand what is going on. I will explore and explain the assumptions underlying the sciences of neoclassical economics, behavioural economics and psychology. I will explain what a lot of heavy duty terms mean and how they are relevant. On a more practical note, I would like to show how you can fit scientific findings in your day to day life and be better for it.
As this blog is about spreading knowledge in an understandable manner, please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or suggested topics!