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Affiliated Fellow Prof. Dr. Sarah Necker

E-Mail: necker@eucken.de

Research focus:
  • Public Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Behavorial Economics
  • Economics of Science

Sarah Necker studied Economics at the Philipps-University of Marburg and Stellenbosch University (South Africa). Between 2008 and 2014 she was PhD student and assistant at the chair of professor Lars P. Feld, first at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and from September 2010 at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. Since 2010 she works as research associate at the Walter Eucken Institute, she is executive research associate since 2016. She visited professor John A. List at the Becker Friedman Institute of the University of Chicago (USA) and the Université de Rennes 1 (France) for several short-term research visits.

In her research she examines the question which monetary and non-monetary factors influence the behavior of individuals. On the basis of empirical (survey data, laboratory and field experiments) and theoretical analyzes, she examines how individuals react to the institutional and social environment and how behavior and attitudes develop over time. The current focus is on the effects of incentive schemes on unethical behavior and the determinants of tax evasion and undeclared work.

Please find further information on Dr. Necker’s website.


2021 1. Collaborative Tax Evasion in the Provision of Services to Consumers — A Field Experiment

American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Vol. 13, No. 4, November 2021, pp. 185-216 (with ANNABELLE DOERR).


2019 2. Cheat or perish? A theory of scientific customs

Research Policy, Volume 48, Issue 9, November 2019, 103792, Research Policy (with BENOIT LE MAUX and YVON ROCABOY).


2017 3. Depressing Dependence: Transfers and Economic Growth in the German States

Regional Studies 51 (12), 2017, pp. 1815 – 1825 (with THUSHYANTHAN BASKARAN aund LARS P. FELD).
Revised version of: CESifo Working Paper No. 6055, Munich, August 2016 (with THUSHYANTHAN BASKARAN and LARS P. FELD).


2016 4. Why Do Scientists Cheat? Insights From Behavioral Economics

Review of Social Economy, 74 (1), pp. 98–108, 2016.


2016 5. Risk Taking after the Financial Crisis

The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 59, February, pp. 141–160, 2016 (with MICHAEL ZIEGELMEYER).


2015 6. Happiness of Economists

Applied Economics, 47, 10, pp. 990-1007, 2015 (with LARS P. FELD and BRUNO S. FREY).


2014 7. Politics and Parents—Intergenerational Transmission of Values After a Regime Shift

European Journal of Political Economy, 36, 2014, pp. 177-194 (with ANDREA VOSKORT).


2014 8. Scientific Misbehavior in Economics

Research Policy, 43, 10, December, 2014, pp. 1747-1759.


2014 9. Intergenerational Transmission of Risk Attitudes – A Revealed Preference Approach

European Economic Review, 65, 2014, pp. 66-89 (with ANDREA VOSKORT).


2012 10. Wissenschaftliches Fehlverhalten – Ein Problem in der deutschen Volkswirtschaftslehre?

Perspektiven für Wirtschaftspolitik, Vol. 13, Issue 4, pp. 267-285, 2012.


2014 1. Markt versus Staat

study on behalf of the IMPULS-Stiftung of the VDMA, July 2014, 56 pages (with LARS P. FELD).


2012 2. Evaluierung der Wirksamkeit der steuerlichen Förderung für Handwerkerleistungen nach §35a EStG

project study on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Bundesministeriums der Finanzen, Ernst & Young, Berlin und Walter Eucken Institut, Freiburg i. Br., 2012, 242 + XII pages (with LARS P. FELD, MATTHIAS KIRBACH, SVEN PIRSIG).


2010 3. Fiskalföderalismus in der Europäischen Union: Herausforderungen für die Reform der Finanzverfassung der EU

Projektstudie im Auftrag des European Liberal Forum asbl, Brüssel und Berlin, 2010, 88 pages (with LARS P. FELD).

2014 1. Scientific Misbehavior in Economics: Unacceptable research practice linked to perceived pressure to publish

LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog, 23. July 2014.



2014 Dr. rer. pol. Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

2008 Diplom-Volkswirtin, Philipps-Universität Marburg

01/2007–06/2007 Stellenbosch University, South Africa

2004 Apprenticeship in marketing, Wal-Mart Germany, Wuppertal

Academic positions

since 06/2022 Director of the Ludwig Erhard ifo Center for Social Market Economy and Institutional Economics and Professor of Economics, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg

04/2016 – 02/2019 Research associate, Chair of Political Economy, Prof. Dr. Lars P. Feld, University of Freiburg

02/2016 – 05/2022 Executive research associate at the Walter Eucken Institut Freiburg

09/2010 - 01/2016 Research associate Walter Eucken Institut, Freiburg

2009 - 2014 Research associate, Chair of Political Economy, Prof. Dr. Lars P. Feld, University of Freiburg

2008 - 2010 Research associate, Institute of Finance, Alfred-Weber-Institute, Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg