Dr. Thomas Post

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Thomas Post

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Maastricht University
School of Business and Economics
Department of Finance  

Tongersestraat 53
6211 LM Maastricht
The Netherlands

Phone: +31 43 38 83859

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I am Associate Professor of Finance at Maastricht University and Open University, and affiliated with Netspar. My research covers behavioral finance, household finance, and pension finance. I am interested in understanding the allocation of households' financial resources over the life-cycle. In particular, I look at households' savings, asset allocation, trading, and annuitization decisions. I also study how households form and update expectations and beliefs. Moreover, I work on pension communication, asset liability management, longevity risk management, and Solvency II for insurance companies and pension funds.

Recent Research Findings

  • How old one feels to be, that is, subjective age identity shapes our economic behaviors... research paper
  • How can pension funds engage participants and communicate effectively with them? Find out more on pensioncommunication.nl

  • (Almost) nobody is interested in dealing with pension savings. Find out more which communication nudges can help… research paper 

  • Which past performance horizon should be displayed to investors? It depends, some investors benefit from seeing long-term returns while for (many) others it is the other way round… research paper

  • U.S. homeowners misunderstand reverse mortgages and shy away from using them… research paper

Positions Held

  • since 2019 Open University, Associate Professor of Finance
  • since 2009 Maastricht University, Assistant Professor of Finance; Netspar, Research Fellow
  • June 2013 University of British Columbia, Visitor
  • July 2011 University of New South Wales, Visiting Fellow
  • 2006 – 2009 Dr. Wolfgang Schieren Chair for Insurance and Risk Management, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Post-Doc (Habilitand); C.A.S.E. - Center for Applied Statistics and Economics; Collaborative Research Center 649
  • August 2006 – December 2006 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Visiting Assistant Professor of Finance
  • 2003 – 2006 Dr. Wolfgang Schieren Chair for Insurance and Risk Management, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, PhD student
  • 2002 - 2003 KPMG (Insurance Audit)


  • Habilitation, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2009
  • Dr. rer. pol., Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2006, Title of dissertation thesis: Optimale Altersvorsorgestrategien: Eine Lebenszyklusanalyse (Optimal Financial Planning Strategies: A Life-Cycle Analysis), abstract
  • Diplom-Kaufmann, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2001

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