Matej Lorko, researcher and lecturer

Areas of expertise: behavioral economics, economic experiments, behavioral interventions, individual decision-making, strategic interactions and game theory, market design, incentives and nudge, project management, change management

Please contact me at matej.lorko[at] if interested in

  • collaboration on experimental research in economics
  • design and testing of behavioral interventions in business
  • lectures, workshops or managerial training in behavioral economics


2016 – 2020 Ph.D. degree from Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), Sydney, Australia – Experimental and behavioral economics
2008 – 2010 Master’s degree from Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic – Company Management and Economics
2005 – 2008 Bachelor’s degree from Brno University of Technology, Czech republic –  IT Management
2008 One semester at TAMK University of Applied Sciences, Tampere, Finland – International Business

Professional experience

2019 – Assistant professor, University of economics in Bratislava, Slovakia
2016 – 2019 Research assistant, MGSM, Sydney, Australia
2010 – 2016 IT Project Manager, U. S. Steel Košice, Slovakia

Teaching experience

Behavioral Economics Technical University in Košice (2018)
Microeconomics University of Economics in Bratislava (from 2018)
Economic Context of
Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Sydney
Teaching Assistant (MBA Course Unit, MGSM 845)
Guest Lecturer – Decision-making under risk and uncertainty (2017),
Experimental labor economics (2018)
Behavioral Public Finance University of Economics in Bratislava (from 2019)
Economics research methodology University of Economics in Bratislava (2020)
Presentation and communication skills University of Economics in Bratislava (2020)

Public workshops and seminars

(I)rrationality from the perspective of behavioral economics For Vedátor_sk (2020)
Introduction to behavioral finance For Investors club (2019)
Introduction to behavioral economics For Martinus, SAP Ariba (2018)
Decision-making: Intuition vs. statistics For U.S.Steel, Slovak association of psychology students (2017)
What influences our judgments and decisions? For Coworking co-Šicke (2016)

Grants and scholarships

2020 Slovak Research and Development Agency, Increasing the Efficiency of Voluntary Donations, APVV 19-0573
2019 CERGE-EI Career Integration Fellowship for 3 years
2018 Postgraduate Research Funding (PGRF) at Macquarie University for scientific training.
2017 Grant for consultancy on behavioural experiments in public finance from Behavioural Insights Unit, Department of Premier & Cabinet, New South Wales.
2016 International Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship for 3 years to conduct PhD research at MGSM, Sydney. MGSM belongs to the world’s top 50 business schools according to Financial Times and the Economist.

Scientific workshop participation

2020 ECMCRC Summer School on behavioral and neuroscientific research for Economics and Finance, Dublin, Ireland (online)
2019 Career Integration Fellows Teaching Principles and Practices for Economics Course, Prague, Czech republic
2019 Graduate Student Workshop in Experimental Economics, Chapman University, Orange, California
2018 Ronald Coase Institute: Workshop on Institutional Analysis, Bratislava, Slovakia
2017 Max Planck Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality, Berlin, Germany

Scientific publications

Anchoring in project duration estimation With Maroš Servátka and Lyla Zhang
Published in Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
Improving the accuracy of project schedules With Maroš Servátka and Lyla Zhang
Forthcoming at Production and Operations Management
Working paper
Hidden Inefficiency: Strategic Inflation of Project Schedules With Maroš Servátka and Lyla Zhang
Working paper

Conference presentations

2020 Economic Science Association Global Around-the-Clock Virtual Conference Online
2019 Czech Economic Society and Slovak Economic Association Meeting Brno, Czech republic
2019 Economic Science Association World Meeting Vancouver, Canada
2019 Asia-Pacific Economic Science Association Meeting Abu Dhabi, UAE
2018 Slovak Economic Association Meeting Bratislava, Slovakia
2018 Economic Science Association World Meeting Berlin, Germany
2018 Young Economist Meeting Brno, Czech republic
2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Science Association Meeting Brisbane, Australia
2017 Slovak Economic Association Meeting Košice, Slovakia
2017 Economic Science Association European Meeting Vienna, Austria

Academic refereeing

2020 International Review of Economics
2019 Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics

Professional affiliations

From 2017 Economic Science Association – member
From 2017 Slovak Economic Association – member
From 2014 Project Management Institute – certified Project Management Professional (PMI)

In Press

Forbes (SK) Interview with my supervisor & mentor Maroš Servátka about Behavioral Economics
Forbes (SK) Six suggestions from my research for better project planning
Denník N (SK) Why projects suffer from overoptimistic time estimates?
Macquarie University (EN) Why people and companies keep repeating the same planning mistakes?