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Mr C.P. (Chris) Reinders Folmer

Universitair docent
Faculty of Law
Dep. Jurisprudence

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number: A8.04
Postal address
  • Postbus 15654
    1001 ND Amsterdam
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  • Profiel

    Chris Reinders Folmer is assistant professor at the Department of Jurisprudence at Amsterdam Law School, University of Amsterdam. His background is in social and economic psychology (PhD 2008, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). His research integrates psychological, legal and economic perspectives to empirically test the assumptions that underlie legal practice and policy making, identify possible discrepancies, and develop alternatives informed by these perspectives. Key research topics include 1) the remedial effectiveness of reparations in private law, focusing particularly on the value of apology; 2) misperceptions between legal actors of each other’s litigation goals; and 3) discrepancies between law and people’s fairness perceptions.

    At the Paul Scholten Center, Chris will contribute to the ERC project Homo Juridicus, led by professor Benjamin van Rooij. The project team will map lawyers’ intuitions about the processes that drive misbehavior, and their discrepancy from causal evidence from the social sciences.

  • Publications


    • Haesevoets, T., Bostyn, D. H., Folmer, C. R., Roets, A., & Van Hiel, A. (2019). Decision making in the prisoner's dilemma game: The effect of exit on cooperation and social welfare. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 32(1), 61-78.
    • Reinders Folmer, C. P., Desmet, P. T. M., & Van Boom, W. H. (2019). Beyond compensation? Examining the role of apologies in the restoration of victims' needs in simulated tort cases. Law and Human Behavior, 43(4), 329-341.
    • Reinders Folmer, C. P., Mascini, P., & Leunissen, J. M. (2019). Rethinking Apology in Tort Litigation Deficiencies in Comprehensiveness Undermine Remedial Effectiveness. Review of Law and Economics, 15(1), [20180042].
    • Reinders Folmer, C. P., Wildschut, T., De Cremer, D., & van Lange, P. A. M. (2019). Coping with noise in social dilemmas: Group representatives fare worse than individuals because they lack trust in others' benign intentions. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 22(2), 200-214.


    • Haesevoets, T., Reinders Folmer, C. P., Bostyn, D. H., & Van Hiel, A. (2018). Behavioral Consistency within the Prisoner’s Dilemma Game: The Role of Personality and Situation. European Journal of Personality, 32(4), 405-426.
    • Van Boom, W. H., Reinders Folmer, C. P., & Desmet, P. (2018). Vergelijkende rechtscultuur en aansprakelijkheidsrecht – een verkennend experiment. Recht der Werkelijkheid, 39(1), 14.


    • Cracco, E., Dirix, N., & Reinders Folmer, C. P. (2017). The Role of Specificity and Apologies in Excuse Messages Following Train Delay. Journal of Public Transportation, 20(2), 131-151.


    • Haesevoets, T., Joosten, A., Reinders Folmer, C. P., Lerner, L., De Cremer, D., & Van Hiel, A. (2016). The impact of decision timing on the effectiveness of leaders’ apologies to repair followers’ trust in the aftermath of leader failure. Journal of Business and Psychology, 31(4), 533-551.
    • Reinders Folmer, C. P. (2016). Social motives. In H. Miller (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Theory in Psychology (Vol. 2, pp. 886-890). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


    • Haesevoets, T., Folmer, C. R., & Van Hiel, A. (2015). Cooperation in Mixed-Motive Games: The Role of Individual Differences in Selfish and Social Orientation. European Journal of Personality, 29(4), 445-458.
    • Haesevoets, T., Reinders Folmer, C., & Van Hiel, A. (2015). Is Trust for Sale? The Effectiveness of Financial Compensation for Repairing Competence- versus Integrity-Based Trust Violations. PLoS ONE, 10(12), e0145952.
    • Haesevoets, T., Van Hiel, A., & Folmer, C. R. (2015). The Underlying Motives of Different Mixed-motive Games. European Journal of Personality, 29(6), 580-584.
    • van Boom, W. H., Desmet, P. T. M., & Reinders Folmer, C. P. (2015). Privaatrecht in het laboratorium: verslag van acht rechtspsychologische experimenten. (Jonge Meesters). Den Haag: Boom Juridische uitgevers.


    • Haesevoets, T., Reinders Folmer, C., & Van Hiel, A. (2014). More Money, More Trust? Target and Observer Differences in the Effectiveness of Financial Overcompensation to Restore Trust. Psychologica Belgica, 54(4), 389-394.
    • Haesevoets, T., Van Hiel, A., Folmer, C. R., & De Cremer, D. (2014). What money can't buy: The psychology of financial overcompensation. Journal of Economic Psychology, 42, 83-95.
    • Leunissen, J. M., De Cremer, D., van Dijke, M., & Reinders Folmer, C. P. (2014). Forecasting Errors in the Averseness of Apologizing. Social Justice Research, 27(3), 322-339.


    • Haesevoets, T., Folmer, C. R., De Cremer, D., & Van Hiel, A. (2013). Money isn't all that matters: The use of financial compensation and apologies to preserve relationships in the aftermath of distributive harm. Journal of Economic Psychology, 35, 95-107.
    • Leunissen, J. M., De Cremer, D., Reinders Folmer, C. P., & van Dijke, M. (2013). The apology mismatch: Asymmetries between victim's need for apologies and perpetrator's willingness to apologize. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49(3), 315-324.


    • De Cremer, D., Leunissen, J. M., Reinders Folmer, C. P., & Van Dijke, M. (2012). Sorry limited. Business Strategy Review, 23(3), 76-77.
    • Leunissen, J. M., De Cremer, D., & Reinders Folmer, C. P. (2012). An instrumental perspective on apologizing in bargaining: The importance of forgiveness to apologize. Journal of Economic Psychology, 33(1), 215-222.
    • Reinders Folmer, C. P., & De Cremer, D. (2012). Bad for me or bad for us? Interpersonal orientations and the impact of losses on unethical behavior. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38(6), 760-71.
    • Reinders Folmer, C. P., Klapwijk, A., De Cremer, D., & Van Lange, P. A. M. (2012). One for all: What representing a group may do to us. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48(5), 1047-1056.


    • De Cremer, D., Reinders Folmer, C. P., & Pillutla, M. M. (2011). How Important is an Apology to You? Forecasting Errors in Evaluating the Value of Apologies. Psychological Science, 22(1), 45-48.


    • De Cremer, D., van Dijk, E., & Reinders Folmer, C. P. (2009). Why leaders may feel entitled to take more: Feelings of entitlement as a moral rationalization strategy. In D. De Cremer (Ed.), Psychological perspectives on ethical behavior and decision making (pp. 107-120). Charlotte: Information Age Publishing.


    • Reinders Folmer, C. P., & Van Lange, P. A. M. (2007). Why promises and threats need each other. European Journal of Social Psychology, 37(5), 1016-1031.
    • Van Lange, P. A. M., & Reinders Folmer, C. P. (2007). Social value orientation. In R. F. Baumeister, & K. D. Vohs (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Social Psychology (pp. 924-925). Thousand Oaks, Ca: Sage.
    • Van Lange, P. A. M., Gallucci, M., Karremans, J. C., Klapwijk, A., & Folmer, C. R. (2007). A social interaction analysis of empathy and fairness. In G. Bock, & J. Goode (Eds.), Empathy and fairness (Vol. 278, pp. 97-105; discussion 106-10, 216-21). (Novartis Foundation Symposium). Wiley.


    • Reinders Folmer, C. P. (2018). Experimental Approaches to Private Law The Case of Redressing Personal Injury. In W. H. van Boom, P. Desmet, & P. Mascini (Eds.), Handbook on Empirical Methods in Legal Research Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.


    • Reinders Folmer, C. P. (2019). Sorry, not sorry: apologies and denials in the #MeToo movement. The Inquisitive Mind, 39(1).
    • Reinders Folmer, C. P. (2019). Verontschuldigingen in het kader van #MeToo: een psychologische analyse. The Inquisitive Mind, 2019(2).

    Talk / presentation

    • Reinders Folmer, C. (speaker) (27-9-2019). Evaluating Social Investment in Disability Policy: Impact of Measures for Activation, Support, and Facilitation on Employment of Disabled Persons in 22 European Countries, Shifting from Welfare to Social Investment States: The Privatization of Work-Related Risk Control and its Impact on Inclusion, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
    • Reinders Folmer, C. (invited speaker) (20-5-2019). Beyond compensation? Examining the role of apologies in the restoration of victims’ needs in simulated tort cases.
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