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Rewarding someone for desirable behavior is not always a good idea. For example, small children are often inclined to help adults. After having been rewarded, however, they are less willing to help - unless a reward is forthcoming. This phenomenon also occurs with adults and has been observed in various psychological and economical experiments...

In her Master Thesis Nina used empirical methods to explore government spending behavior in election years. Her results show that since the financial crisis European governments went back to attracting voters by manipulating the budget deficits in election years, compared to other years. A phenomenon that would usually no longer be expected in developed countries with educated voters...

When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, many Germans gave generously. Would they have given even more if the consequences of the typhoon had been related to catastrophes closer to home? In her bachelor thesis, Sema Kiliçaslan examines exactly this question with an experiment...

It is typically argued that paying large bonuses will induce people to exert more effort. This argument is, for example, evoked to justify the large bonuses of managers. Wendelin Schnedler puts forward a theory in which success bonuses actually reduce effort. This may happen even if more effort increases the likelihood of getting the bonus...

 

 

This thesis presents the outcomes of a field experiment on discrimination based on physical appearance in the German labor market. Two applications of an individual with equal qualifications were sent to 40 matching workplaces. One out of each pair of two matching applications was modified by adding a visible tattoo on the application picture...

A good education is generally believed to be key for achieving success in life. But does it make us happier?

In his bachelor thesis, Ali Durmaz examines this question using data from the German Socio Economic Panel (GSOEP)...

In August 2014, the police caught an unemployed man during a robbery. The man had just gambled away his complete unemployment benefits the previous evening. Why do people who have suffered tremendous losses not stop but engage in even riskier behavior?

In his bachelor thesis, Holger Westkämper provides a rationale in form of a theoretical model...

The so called sharing-economy is booming. But aren’t we often too reluctant to share?

In his master thesis, Fabian Bopp carried out an experimental study investigating people’s willingness to share. Surprisingly, Fabian’s results cannot confirm that the willingness to share can be manipulated by revealing common characteristics of potential sharers. However, the trust created by emphasizing common group characteristics may still play a role in sharing decisions. This calls for further investigation.

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