Matej Lorko, Researcher and lecturer

If interested in

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

please contact me at matej.lorko[at]

Areas of expertise

  • behavioral economics
  • controlled experiments
  • behavioral interventions
  • individual decision-making
  • strategic interactions and game theory
  • incentives and nudge
  • project management
  • change management


2005 – 2008 Brno University of Technology, Czech republic –  IT Management (Bachelor’s degree)
2008 TAMK University of Applied Sciences, Tampere, Finland – International Business (one semester)
2008 – 2010 Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic – Company Management and Economics (Master’s degree)
2016 – 2019  Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), Sydney – PhD Candidate/Researcher

Professional experience

2010 – 2016 IT Project Manager, U. S. Steel Košice, Slovakia
2016 – 2019 Research assistant, MGSM, Sydney

Teaching and lecturing experience

Behavioral Economics Technical University in Košice, principal lecturer, own designed course
Workshops/courses for companies (U. S. Steel, Martinus, SAP Ariba…)
Public workshops and seminars
Microeconomics University of Economics in Bratislava, lecturer, introductory course
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)
Public Finance / Public economics University of Economics in Bratislava

Grants and scholarships

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.
2017 Grant for consultancy on behavioural experiments in public finance from Behavioural Insights Unit, Department of Premier & Cabinet, New South Wales.
2018 Postgraduate Research Funding (PGRF) at Macquarie University for scientific training.
2019 CERGE-EI Career Integration Fellowship for 3 years

Scientific workshop participation

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


  • Anchoring in project duration estimation
  • How to improve the accuracy of project schedules? The Effect of Project Specification and Historical Information on Duration Estimates
    • Working paper
  • Do people strategically inflate project schedules?
    • Working paper

Conference presentations

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

Academic refereeing

2019 Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics

Professional affiliations

2014 Project Management Institute – certified Project Management Professional (PMI)
2017 Economic Science Association – member
2017 Slovak Economic Association – member
2018 GEM – Youth support program –

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?