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Research Associate Lilith Burgstaller, M. Sc.

E-Mail: burgstaller@eucken.de

Telefon: 0761-790 97 10

Twitter: @LiliBurgstaller

Research focus:
  • Experimental Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Concealed Behavior
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment

Lilith Burgstaller studied Economics (B.Sc.) at the University of Augsburg and the Universidad de Valladolid in Spain. She graduated her M. Sc. in Public and Non-Profit Management at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. She worked as an intern and as student employee with the Bayerische Landesbank, a start-up as well as with a NGO in the field of emergency aid. As an intern she connected with the Walter Eucken Institut and wrote her master thesis on tax evasion among self-employed in cooperation with the institute.

September 2020 untill August 2021 Lilith Burgstaller was a research assistant in the project “Aspiring Migrant Entrepreneurs in Germany – Potentials and Pitfalls in the Start-Up Process”
at the Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung (MZES). In the context of this project she is still affiiliated with the Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (ifm) at Mannheim University.

Since September 2021 Lilith Burgstaller works as a research associate at the Walter Eucken Institut and since April 2022 at the chair of Prof. Lars P. Feld at University of Freiburg. Her research interests are in the fields of experimental economics, shadow economy and tax evasion as well as discrimination against minorities.


2023 1. Nudges, Boosts, and Sludge: Using New Behavioral Approaches to Improve Tax Compliance



2022 2. Working in the Shadow: Survey Techniques for Measuring and Explaining Undeclared Work, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization

Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 200, 2022, pp. 661 – 671 (with LARS P. FELD and KATHARINA PFEIL).
revised version of: CESifo Working Paper No. 9810, Munich, July 2022; Freiburg Discussion Papers on Constitutional Economics No. 22/7, Walter Eucken Institut, Freiburg i.Br., July 2022 (with LARS P. FELD and KATHARINA PFEIL).

1. Fakten statt Stimmungslage – Update zum Malteser Migrationsbericht 2021

report on behalf of the Malteser Deutschland,Cologne, May 2022 (with LARS P. FELD and KATHARINA PFEIL).


2023 1. How to Incentivize Tax Compliance when Households Demand Services? What Works (Better) and General Limitations 

in: EconPol Forum 1/ 2023, Volume 24, pp. 38–41 (with SARAH NECKER).


1. You Don’t Need an Invoice, Do You? An Online Experiment on Collaborative Tax Evasion

Freiburger Discussionpapers on Ordnungsökonomik No. 22/6, Walter Eucken Institut, Freiburg, June 2022 (with KATHARINA PFEIL).


2. Do Household Tax Credits Increase the Demand for Legally Provided Services?

CESifo Working Paper No. 10211 (with ANNABELLE DOERR and SARAH NECKER).



2020 Master of Science, Betriebswirtschaftslehre (Public- und Non-Profit Management), Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg

2017 Bachelor of Science, Informationsorientierte Volkswirtschaftslehre, Universität Augsburg

09/2016 – 01/2017 Auslandssemester an der Universidad de Valladolid, Spanien

Academic positions

since 05/2022 Research associate, University of Freiburg

seit 03/2022 Lectureship at the European Union Center, Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), Freiburg

since 9/2021 Research associate at the Walter Eucken Institut, Freiburg

05/2018 – 08/2020 Working student bei der Charry GmbH

06/2019 – 08/2020 Internship at the Walter Eucken Institut

04/2019 – 05/2019 Internship at the ShelterBox Katastrophenhilfe

08/2016 – 09/2016 Internship at the Bayerische Landesbank


Supervision of Bachelor’s and Master’s Theses (since SoSe 22)

Tutorial „Constitutional Economics“ (since SoSe 22, since WS 22/23, Masters)

Tutorial „Finanzpolitik“ (since WS 22/23, Master)

Seminar “Uncovering the Hidden — Experimental Approaches to Discrimination, Tax Evasion, and Undeclared Work“ (WS 22/23, Master)