Publications and Working Papers
Most recent publications in economics and other behavioral sciences
Most recent publications in neuroeconomics and social neuroscience
Most recent publications in Evolutionary Economics and Psychology
The Most Recent Books
Neuroeconomics and Social Neuroscience
Human Cooperation and Sociality
Psychological Foundations of Incentives
Fairness and Reciprocity
Behavioral Labor Economics
Bounded Rationality and Strategic Interaction
Bounded Rationality, Impatience and Intertemporal Choice
Popular papers and Presentations
Popular Papers and Presentations (Spanish version)
|The Lure of Authority: Motivation and Incentive Effects of Power|
|Acute Stress Increases Prosocial Behavior in Humans|
|Screening, Competition, and Job Design: Economic Origins of Good Jobs|
American Economic Review 102(2), 2012, 834-864 (with B. Bartling and K. M. Schmidt)
|Neuroeconomic Foundations of Economic Choice - Recent Advances|
Journal of Economic Perspectives 25(4) 2011, 3-30 (with Antonio Rangel)
|Tastes, Castes, and Culture: The Influence of Society on Preferences|
Economic Journal 121 (November 2011), F396-F412, doi:10/1111/j.1468-0297.2011.02478x (with K. Hoff)
|Caste and Punishment: The Legacy of Caste Culture in Norm Enforcement|
Economic Journal 121 (November 2011), F396-F412, doi:10/1111/j.1468-0297.2011.02476x (with K. Hoff and M. Kshetramade)
Contracts as Reference Points – Experimental Evidence
|Linking Brain Structure and Activation in Temporoparietal Junction to Explain the Neurobiology of Human Altruism|
|Dorsolateral and ventromedial prefrontal cortex orchestrate normative choice|
| The role of testosterone in social interaction|
|The Mentalizing Network Orchestrates the Impact of Parochial Altruism on Social Norm Enforcement|
A Neural Marker of Costly Punishment Behavior
The Neural Circuitry of a Broken Promise
| Prejudice and truth about the effect of testosterone on human bargaining behaviour|
Wrath of God: religious primes and punishment
Eyes are on us, but nobody cares: are eye cues relevant for strong reciprocity?
Other-regarding preferences in a non-human primate: Common marmosets provision food altruistically
Parochial altruism in humans
Neuroeconomics: Decision Making and the Brain
by Paul W. Glimcher, Colin Camerer, Ernst Fehr, and Russell Poldrack. Academic Press, 2008
Neuroeconomics" is a new promising approach to understanding the neurobiology of decision making and how it affects social interactions between humans. This book is the first edited reference on the science behind neuroeconomics. Offering a truly interdisciplinary approach, "Neuroeconomics" presents research from neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics, and includes chapters by the major figures in the field. Carefully edited for a cohesive presentation of the material, the book is also very useful as a textbook for the many newly emerging graduate courses on Neuroeconomics in Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics schools. Editors and contributing authors represent the acknowledged experts and founders of the field of Neuroeconomics and include Nobel laureates Vernon Smith and Daniel Kahneman.
Moral Sentiments and Material Interests : The Foundations of Cooperation in Economic Life (Economic Learning and Social Evolution)
by Herbert Gintis, Samuel Bowles, Robert T. Boyd, Ernst Fehr
Moral Sentiments and Material Interests presents an innovative synthesis of research in different disciplines to argue that cooperation stems not from the stereotypical selfish agent acting out of disguised self-interest but from the presence of "strong reciprocators" in a social group. The book presents the evidence in favor of strong reciprocity among humans, provides a thorough analysis of cooperation in nonhuman primates and discusses the motivational and evolutionary origins of strong reciprocity. In addition, Moral Sentiments and Material Interests derives the implications of strong reciprocity for the functioning of markets and other political and economic institutions, including the political legitimacy of different social policies.Buy at Amazon
Foundations of Human Sociality
What motives underlie the ways humans interact socially? Are these the same for all societies? Are these part of our nature, or influenced by our environments?
Over the last decade, research in experimental economics has emphatically falsified the textbook representation of Homo economicus. Literally hundreds of experiments suggest that people care not only about their own material payoffs, but also about such things as fairness, equity and reciprocity. However, this research left fundamental questions unanswered: Are such social preferences stable components of human nature; or, are they modulated by economic, social and cultural environments?Buy at Amazon
|Linking Brain Structure and Activation in Temporoparietal Junction to Explain the Neurobiology of Human Altruism, Neuron 75, 2012, 73-79 (with Y. Morishima, D. Schunk, A. Bruhin, and C.C. Ruff)|
|Pharmacokinetics of Testosterone and Estradiol Gel Preparations in Healthy Young Men, Forthcoming in Psychoneuroendocrinology (with C. Eisenegger, A. von Eckardstein, and S. von Eckardstein)|
|Dorsolateral and ventromedial prefrontal cortex orchestrate normative choice, Nature Neuroscience, advance online publicaton doi:10.1038/nn.2933 (with T. Baumgartner, D. Knoch, P. Hotz, and C. Eisenegger)|
|The role of testosterone in social interaction Trends in Cognitive Sciences 15(6), 2011, 263-271 (with C. Eisenegger and J. Haushofer|
|Lateral prefrontal cortex and self-control in intertemporal choice Nature Neuroscience 13(5), 2010, 538-539 (with B. Figner, D. Knoch, E.J. Johnson, A.R. Krosch, S.H. Lisanby, and E.U. Weber)|
|Prejudice and truth about the effect of testosterone on human bargaining behaviour |
Nature Advance online publication doi:10.1038/nature08711, 2009 (with C. Eisenegger, M. Naef, R. Snozzi, and M. Heinrichs)
|Health effects on children's willingness to compete, Experimental Economics 15(1) (2012) 58 - 70 (with B. Bartling and D. Schunk)|
|Wrath of God: religious primes and punishment Proceedings of the Royal Society B, advanced online publication doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.2125 (with Ryan McKay, Charles Efferson, and Harvey Whitehouse)|
|Parochial altruism in humans Nature 442, 24 August 2006, 912-915 (with Helen Bernhard and Urs Fischbacher).|
|Evolution and Human Behvavior 25, 2004, 63-87 (with Urs Fischbacher)|
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|Appropriating the Commons - A Theoretical Explanation|
Th. Dietz, N. Dolšak, E. Ostrom, P. Stern, S. Stonich, E. Weber (Eds.), The Drama of the Commons, National Academy Press, February 2002 (with A. Falk and U. Fischbacher)
IEW Working Paper No. 59 (with A. Falk and U. Fischbacher)
|Measuring Social Norms and Preferences Using Experimental Games: A Guide for Social Scientists|
forthcoming in: J. Henrich, R. Boyd, S. Bowles, H. Gintis, E. Fehr, R. McElreath (Eds.): Foundations of Human Sociality - Experimental and Ethnograhic Evidence from 15 Small-Scale Societies, Oxford University Press (with C. Camerer)
This is an electronic version of an article published in the Scandinavian Journal of Economics. Complete citation information for the final version of the paper, as published in the print edition of the Scandinavian Journal of Economics, is available on the Blackwell Synergy online delivery service, accessible via the journal's website or www.blackwell-synergy.com.
|Fairness, Incentives and Contractual Incompleteness|
IEW Working Paper No. 72 (with K. Schmidt)
|Do Incentive Contracts Crowd Out Voluntary Cooperation?|
IEW Working Paper No. 34 (with S. Gächter)
|The Hidden Costs and Returns of Incentives – Trust and Trustworthiness among CEOs|
IEW Working Paper No. 134 (with J. List)
|Econometrica 65, (1997), 833-860 (with S. Gächter and G. Kirchsteiger)|
|Reciprocity and Contract Enforcement|
forthcoming in: Handbook of Experimental Economic Results (with Simon Gächter)
|The Economic Journal, 118 (August 2008), 1262–1284 (with Susanne Kremhelmer and Klaus M. Schmidt).|
|The Role of Equality, Efficiency, and Rawlsian Motives in Social Preferences: A Reply to Engelmann and Strobel|
IEW Working Paper No. 179 (with Klaus M. Schmidt).
|Theories of Fairness and Reciprocity - Evidence and Economic Applications|
Invited Lecture at the 8th World Congress of the Econometric Society 2000, M. Dewatripont, L. Hansen and St. Turnovsky (Eds.),Advances in Economics and Econometrics - 8th World Congress, Econometric Society Monographs, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press 2002 (with K. Schmidt).
|Fairness and Retaliation: The Economics of Reciprocity|
Journal of Economic Perspectives 14, (2000), 159-181 (with Simon Gächter).
|A Theory of Fairness, Competition and Cooperation|
Quarterly Journal of Economics 114, (1999), 817-868 (with K. Schmidt).
|On the Nature of Fair Behavior|
Economic Inquiry 41 (2003), 20-26 (with A. Falk and U. Fischbacher).
|Fairness and the Power of Competition|
IEW Working Paper No. 133 (with U. Fischbacher and C. Fong)
|Do High Stakes and Competition undermine Fairness - Evidence from Russia|
IEW Working Paper No. 120 (with U. Fischbacher and E. Tougareva).
|A Nation-Wide Laboratory - Examining Trust and Trustworthiness by Integrating Experiments in Representative Surveys|
Working Paper No. 141 (with U. Fischbacher, B.v. Rosenbladt, J. Schupp and G. Wagner).
|Testing Theories of Fairness - Intentions Matter|
IEW Working Paper No. 63 (with A. Falk and U. Fischbacher).
|Quarterly Journal of Economics 108, (1993), 437-460 (with G. Kirchsteiger und A. Riedl).|
Competition and Relational Contracts: The Role of Unemployment as a Disciplinary Device (PDF, 458 KB)Forthcoming in the Journal of the European Economic Association (with Martin Brown and Armin Falk)
|The American Economic ReviewCompetition and Relational Contracts: The Role of Unemployment as a Disciplinary Device.|
|Journal of Monetary Economics 52 (2005), 779-804 (with Lorenz Götte).|
|The Behavioral Effects of Minimum Wages|
June 2005 (with Armin Falk and Christian Zehnder).
|Econometrica Vol. 72, No. 3, May 2004, 747-780 (with Martin Brown and Armin Falk).|
|Journal of the European Economic Association 2(2-3), April/May 2004, 216-228 (with Lorenz Goette and David Huffman).|
|Labour Economics 10, 2003, 399-406 (with Armin Falk).|
|Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics 159 (2003), 171-187.|
|Do Workers work more if Wages are high? Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment|
IEW Working Paper No. 125 (with L. Goette).
|Robustness and Real Consequences of Nominal Wage Rigidity|
IEW Working Paper No. 44 (with L. Götte).
|Journal of Political Economy 107, (1999), 106-134 (with A. Falk).|
|European Economic Review 42, (1998), 1-34 (with G. Kirchsteiger und A. Riedl).|
|Economic Journal Vol. 104, No. 424, (1994), 571-583 (with G. Kirchsteiger).|
|American Economic Review 81, (1991), 384.|
|Reciprocity in Experimental Markets|
forthcoming in: Handbook of Experimental Economic Results (with Armin Falk).
Limited Rationality and Strategic Interaction: The Impact of the Strategic Environment on Nominal Inertia (PDF, 677 KB)Econometrica 76 (2), March 2008, 353–394 (with Jean-Robert Tyran).
|Science 311, 6 January 2006, 47-52. (with Colin Camerer).|
|Journal of Economic Perspectives 19 (2005), 43-66 (with J.R. Tyran).|
|Money Illusion and Coordination Failure|
IEW Working Paper No. 177 (with J. R. Tyran).
|Does Money Illusion Matter?|
American Economic Review 91 (2001), 1239-1262 (with J. R. Tyran).
|Limited Rationality and Strategic Interaction - The Impact of the Strategic Environment on Nominal Inertia|
IEW Working Paper No. 130 (with J. R. Tyran).
|Nature 415, 17 January 2002, 269-272.|
|Scand. J. Economics 100, 643-662, 1998 (with P. K. Zych).|
|Intertemporal Choice under Habit Formation|
forthcoming in: Handbook of Experimental Economic Results (with Peter Zych).
Publications in economics and neuroscience in German
Determinanten kindlicher Geduld - Ergebnisse einer Experimentalstudie im Haushaltskontext (PDF, 180 KB)Schmollers Jahrbuch 130, 210, 297-323 (with B. Bartling, B. Fischer, F. Kosse, M. Maréchal, F. Pfeiffer, D. Schunk, J. Schupp, C. Spiess, and G. Wagner)