Ben Gurion university of the negev

Department of Psychology



David Leiserדויד לייזר

Research Interests

My main focus is in Economic Psychology, with an emphasis on investigating how lay people understand economic issues and phenomena, both in micro– and macro-economics. Such studies aim to eventually inform efforts to improve financial literacy, and to better communication with the public by the authorities and financial institutions.

More generally, I am interested in lay understanding,  theories held by lay people in domains where they do not have the benefit of formal teaching. My interest lies both in the specific contents and in the cognitive mechanisms that account for the organization of knowledge and its limitations, its development in children and its break-down in pathology.

In terms of contents, I work on Economic Psychology, Decision Making, and Medical Psychology.


President-, Economic Psychology Chapter, International Association of Applied Psychology  (IAAP)

Co-Founder, the Pensions, Insurance and Financial Literacy Research Center at Ben-Gurion University

Head, Psychology program of Ben-Gurion University at the Haredi College, Jerusalem

Advisor to the Rector at Ben-Gurion University

Co-Founder of the Research Center on Pension, Insurance and Financial Literacy

Chair of the Steering Committee of the MITEAM exam (National Graduate Studies Admission Test in Psychology)

Founder and Past-Director (2003-2013) Center for Decision Making and Economic Psychology at Ben-Gurion University

Past President -, International Association for Research in Economic Psychology (iarep)

Ohayon Bldg 98- Room 320

Department of Psychology

PO Box 653

Beer Sheva 84105


Contact Information


Institutions I spent some time at:


- Education

Hebrew University of Jerusalem—BA Mathematics

University of Illinois—Urbana-Champain: MSc Education

Université de Genčve—PhD Psychology


- Visiting Positions

Yale University

University of Chicago

Max Planck Institute—Nijmegen


Paris V

Paris VI