Max Planck Research Group Leader
(non-tenured)

Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Welcome!

I am a Max Planck Research Group Leader (non-tenured) of the independent research group “Behavior and Data Science” at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods and affiliated with the Center for Social and Economic Behavior (C-SEB) at the University of Cologne.

My group focuses on data science for (causal) behavioral research combined with empirical microeconomics, in particular decision-making and its consequences with applications to financial, organizational, health and development contexts.

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Interests
  • Data Science for Behavioral Research
  • Behavioral and Experimental Economics
  • Household Finance
  • Development and Health Economics
Education
  • PhD in Economics, 2017

    University of Goettingen

  • MSc in Mathematics in Business and Economics, 2014

    University of Mannheim

  • BSc in Mathematics in Business and Economics, 2011

    University of Mannheim

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

(2023). Discrimination, narratives and family history: An experiment with Jordanian host and Syrian refugee children. Review of Economics and Statistics 105 (4): 1008–1016.

PDF DOI: 10.1162/rest_a_01090

Revise and Resubmits

(2023). Social Norms, Political Polarization, and Vaccination Attitudes: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Turkey. Discussion Papers of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, 2023/8. Revision requested by the European Economic Review.

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(2023). Financial literacy, experimental preference measures and field behavior – A randomized educational intervention. Discussion Papers of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, 2023/3. Revision requested by the Journal of Political Economy.

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(2021). Higher Order Risk Preferences: New Experimental Measures, Determinants and Field Behavior. Discussion Papers of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, 2020/22. Revision requested by the American Economic Review.

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Working Paper

(2024). One size fits all? The interplay of incentives, effort provision, and personality.

(2023). Measuring Utility – An Application to Higher Order Risk.

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(2023). Information provision over the phone saves lives. Discussion Papers of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, 2022/9.

PDF Media Coverage in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (German) Media Coverage in BR alpha Campus Talks (TED-talk style, German)

(2023). Income Risk, Precautionary Saving, and Loss Aversion – An Empirical Test. Discussion Papers of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, 2023/6 (replaces earlier MPI Discussion Paper 2021/6).

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(2022). Motivated Reasoning, Information Avoidance, and Default Bias. Discussion Papers of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, 2022/3.

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(2021). Addressing Validity and Generalizability Concerns in Field Experiments. Discussion Papers of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, 2020/16.

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(2021). Rerandomization to Improve Covariate Balance by Minimizing the MSE of a Treatment Effect Estimator. Older version (A New Approach to Treatment Assignment for One and Multiple Treatment Groups), was published in 2017 as: Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers 228, http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161931.

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Recent & Upcoming Talks

Nudging or Paying? Evaluating the Effectiveness of Measures to Contain COVID-19 in Rural Bangladesh in a Randomized Controlled Trial

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