Matej Lorko – researcher, lecturer, consultant

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 if interested in

  • collaboration on experimental research in economics
  • design and testing of behavioral interventions in business and public policy
  • lectures, workshops or managerial training in decision-making and nudging


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

2020 – Behavioral interventions consultant, Allianz, Slovakia
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 Wirtschaftsuniversität, Vienna, Austria (planned for 2021)
Masaryk Unversity, Brno, Czech republic (guest lecturer, from 2020)
Technical University in Košice (2018)
Experimental Economics University of Economics in Bratislava (from 2021)
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 and effective writing University of Economics in Bratislava (from 2020)
Presentation and communication skills University of Economics in Bratislava (2020)

Public workshops and seminars

Behavioral economics for enterpreneurs For Slovak Business Agency (2020)
(I)rrationality from the perspective of behavioral economics For Vedátor_sk (2020) Link to video lecture
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

2021 Slovak Research and Development Agency (VEGA), Sustainable tax compliance: the effect of nudges and economic incentives
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) Link to video lecture
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
Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
Improving the accuracy of project schedules With Maroš Servátka and Lyla Zhang
Production and Operations Management
Hidden Inefficiency: Strategic Inflation of Project Schedules With Maroš Servátka and Lyla Zhang
Working paper
Intertemporal Coordination in Volunteer Markets With Robert Slonim, Michal Ďuriník and Maroš Servátka
Working paper

Conference presentations

2021 Young Economist Meeting Brno, Czech republic
2020 Slovak Economic Association Meeting (Online)
2020 Economic Science Association Global Around-the-Clock Virtual Conference (Online) Link to video lecture
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

2021 National Science Center Poland, Sonata grant scheme
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

RTVS (SK) Behavioral economics and experiments
The Lighthouse (EN) Budget blowouts and broken promises: how to avoid project failures
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?