Microeconomics, Labor Economics and Behavioral Economics

Informing economic policy by studying individual decision-making

Societal and institutional change implies that actors need to adapt to novel restrictions. The German reunification or the financial crisis are examples of extraordinary situations which pose a challenge to actors‘ beliefs, institutions and behavior. To assess how people decide under changing social and economic conditions, we require knowledge about the factors that influence decision-making. Neoclassical theory assumes that actors easily adapt to new constraints and that preferences, i.e., the evaluation of given options, remain unaffected. However, research in behavioral economics shows that individuals’ behavior often contradicts the predictions of neoclassical theory. Using traditional as well as behavioral economic approaches, we study how individuals react to different incentives. The ultimative goal is to gain insights for economic policy.


The Supply and Demand of Informal Labor in Private Households (Dr. Annabelle Doerr, Dr. Sarah Necker, Katharina Pfeil)
Collaborative Tax Evasion in the Home Repair and Remodeling Sector (Dr. Annabelle Doerr und Dr. Sarah Necker).
Malteser Migrationsbericht 2019 (Dr. Heiko T. Burret, Patrick Hirsch und Katharina Pfeil)
The Dynamics of Unethical Behavior – Evidence from the Field and the Lab, gefördert von der Fritz Thyssen Stiftung (Dr. Sarah Necker).
Evaluation beruflicher Weiterbildung in Chile – Das FORTRAB Programm (Dr. Annabelle Doerr)
Die direkten und indirekten Wirkungen der Zuweisung von Arbeitslosen in Weiterbildungsprogramme (Dr. Annabelle Doerr)
Die Situation von Flüchtlingen auf dem Arbeitsmarkt (Dr. Annabelle Doerr und Christoph Sajons, Ph.D.)

Current publications

  • Malteser Migrationsbericht – Fakten statt Stimmungslage, report on behalf of the Malteser Deutschland, Cologne, September 2017, 110 pages (ANNABELLE DOERR, LARS P. FELD, PATRICK HIRSCH and CHRISTOPH SAJONS).
  • Spagat zwischen Produktionsziel und Bürgerinteressen – Digitalisierung in Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft 4.0, 2017, Zusammenfassung des 4. Symposium – Ordnungspolitik für das dritte Jahrtausend, im Auftrag des Aktionskreis Freiburger Schule, Freiburg (ANNABELLE DOERR).
  • Employment and Earnings Effects of Awarding Training Vouchers in Germany, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2017, Vol. 70 (3), pp. 767-812(ANNABELLE DOERR, BERND FITZENBERGER, THOMAS KRUPPE, MARIE PAUL and ANTHONY STRITTMATTER).
  • Depressing Dependence: Transfers and Economic Growth in the German States, to be published in: Regional Studies 51, 2017 (THUSHYANTHAN BASKARAN, LARS P. FELD and SARAH NECKER).
    Revised version of: CESifo Working Paper No. 6055, Munich, August 2016 (THUSHYANTHAN BASKARAN, LARS P. FELD and SARAH NECKER).
  • Konzeptionelle Lehren aus der ersten Evaluationsrunde der Branchenmindestlöhne in Deutschland, Journal for Labour Market Research, 2016, Vol. 49 (4) pp. 329-347.
    Published as: Walter Eucken Institut Discussionpaper 15/07, 2015 (ANNABELLE DOERR and BERND FITZENBERGER).
  • Risk  Taking  after  the  Financial  Crisis, to be published in: The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 59, February, 141-160, 2016 (SARAH NECKER and MICHAEL ZIEGELMEYER).