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Consumer & Market Behaviour

A solid understanding of consumer behavior is fundamental to the optimal design and study of consumer policies. Consumer behavior is not only affected by preferences and biases but also depends on information available in the market, producer incentives to exploit biased consumers and manipulate the disclosure of information, as well as existing market rules and institutions.


Policy Design

Optimal policy design incentivizes consumers and firms to behave in ways that allow the attainment of specific policy goals. Policy design requires rigorous and systematic assessment of the feasibility of particular policy goals given the constraints set by consumer behavior, markets and institutions.


Policy Evaluation

Policy-makers are accountable for sizable economic resources invested in the making and enforcement of regulations so that policy evaluation has become a central instrument for consumer policies. Evidence-based policy evaluation provides insights on how to improve existing tools and how to more effectively design the institutional setting under which policies are implemented.


  • Articles in Refereed Journals

    Angelova, V., Th. Giebe and R. Ivanova-Stenzel (2018). "Does a short-term increase in incentives boost performance?". Economics Letters: 166 31-34.

    Baumann, A., J. Haupt, F. Gebert and S. Lessmann (2018). "Changing perspectives: Using graph metrics to predict purchase probabilities". Expert Systems with Applications 94: 137-148.

    Baumann, A., J. Haupt, F. Gebert and S. Lessmann (2018). "The price of privacy: An evaluation of the economic value of collecting clickstream data". Business & Information Systems Engineering.

    Blind, K., J. Pohlisch and A. Zi (2018). "Publishing, patenting, and standardization: Motives and barriers of scientists". Research Policy: forthcoming.

    Blind, K., A. Mangelsdorf and J. Pohlisch (2018). "The effects of cooperation in accreditation on international trade: Empirical evidence on ISO 9000 certifications". International Journal of Production Economics 198: 50-59.

    Blind, K., A. Mangelsdorf, C. Niebel and F. Ramel (2018). "Standards in the global value chains of the European Single Market". Review of International Political Economy 25(1): 28-48.

    Breunig, C. and S. Hoderlein (2018). "Testing Missing at Random using Instrumental Variables". Journal of Business & Economic Statistics: forthcoming.

    Briglauer, W., C. Cambini and M. Grajek (2018). "Speeding up the internet: regulation and investment in European fiber optic infrastructure". International Journal of Industrial Organization: forthcoming.

    Chao, S. K., W. K. Härdle and C. Huang (2018). "Multivariate factorizable expectile regression with application to fMRI data". Computational Statistics & Data Analysis.

    All publications in refereed journals 

  • Discussion Papers

    Adena, Maja and Steffen Huck (2018). Online fundraising, self-deception, and the long-term impact of ask avoidance, WZB Working Paper SP II 2016–306r.

    Argentesi, E., P. Buccirossi, R. Cervone , T. Duso and A. Marrazzo (2018). Price or Variety? An Evaluation of Mergers Effects in Grocery Retailing. DIW Discussion Papers 1734.

    Bester, H. and O. Yaofu (2018): Optimal Procurement of a Credence Good under Limited Liability. FUB Discussion Paper Economics 2018/1.

    Engelmann, D., D. Kübler and J. Friedrichsen (2018). Fairness in Markets and Market Experiments. Discussion Paper 64.

    Engelmann, D. and J. Friedrichsen (2018). Who Cares about Social Image?. Discussion paper / Rationality & Competition, CRC TRR 190 ; 61.

    Friedrichsen, J. (2018). Signals Sell: Product Lines when Consumers Differ Both in Taste for Quality and Image Concern. Discussion Paper / Rationality & Competition, CRC TRR 190 ; 70.

    Grohmann, A. and A. Schoofs (2018). Financial Literacy and Intra-Household Decision Making: Evidence from Rwanda. DIW Discussion Papers 1720.

    Hryshchuk, A. and S. Lessmann (2018). Deregulated Day-Ahead Electricity Markets in Southeast Europe: Price Forecasting and Comparative Structural Analysis. IRTG 1792 Discussion Paper 2018-009.

    Kalamov, Z. and M. Runkel (2018). Paternalistic Taxation of Unhealthy Food and the Intensive versus Extensive Margin of Obesity. CESifo Working Paper No. 6911.

    Lessmann, S., K. Coussement, K. W. D. Bock and J. Haupt (2018). Targeting Customers for Profit: An Ensemble Learning Framework to Support Marketing Decision Making. IRTG 1792 Discussion Paper 2018-012.

    All publications in discussion papers

  • Monographs and Book Chapters

    Blind, K. and M. Brock (2018). Patentierung und Standardisierung: Leitfaden für modernes Innovationsmanagement. DIN. Beuth Verlag GmbH.

    Odening, M., G. Filler, B. Barnett, K. von Witzke, O. Mußhoff, J. Möllmann and M. Michels (2018). Agrarpolitische Optionen zur Reduzierung von Preis- und Ertragsrisiken. Innovative Agrarpolitik nach 2020. Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank. Schriftenreihe der Rentenbank Band 34: forthcoming.

    Wagner, G. and F. Klein (2018). Directors’ and Officers‘ Liability in Germany. Directors’ and Officers’ (D&O). Simon Deakin, Helmut Koziol and Olaf Riss.  Liability: 159-206.

    Wagner, G. and F. Klein (2018). Insolvenzbedingte Lösungsklauseln: Ausübungskontrolle statt Invalidierung!. Festschrift für Hanns Prütting: 805-817.

    Wagner, G., J. Basedow, E.-M. Kieninger, R. Schulze and M.-P. Weller (2018). (Eds.) Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht. München, C.H. Beck.

    Wagner, G., R. Bork and J. Taupitz (2018). (Eds.) Archiv für die civilistische Praxis. Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck.

    Allen, J., P. Buccirossi, T. Duso, F. Fradella, A. Marrazzo, M. Nardotto, S. Nava and J. Seldeslachts (2017). Economic Impact of Competition Policy Enforcement on the Functioning of Telecoms Markets in the EU: Final Report. Brussels: European Union.

    Augenhofer, S. (2017). Rechtsvergleichung. Grundlagen des Rechts. Krüger, Nomos. 3rd edition: 187-209.

    Barabas, G., B. Blagov, J. Boysen-Hogrefe, H.-U. Brautzsch, K. Benke, J. C. Claudio, M. Clemens, A. Cors, A. Drygalla, F. Eckert, S. Ederer, S. Fiedler, A. Fuest, H. Gebhardt, K. J. Gern, C. Glocker, M. Göttert, C. Grimme, D. Groll, P. Hauber, K. Heinisch, P. Jäger, N. Jannsen, S. Junker, M. Kämpfe, T. Knedlik, S. Koch, R. Lehmann, A. Lindner, M. Micheli, C. Michelsen, H. Mikosch, W. Nierhaus, G. Potjagailo, M. Reif, S. Rujin, J.-C. Scherer, T. Schlaak, S. Schiman, T. Schmidt, F. Schröter, B. Schultz, U. Stolzenburg, K. van Deuverden, K. Weyerstraß, M. Wieschemeyer, K. Wohlrabe and G. Zeddies (2017). Aufschwung weiter kräftig, Anspannungen nehmen zu: Gemeinschaftsdiagnose Herbst 2017. Dienstleistungsauftrag des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie. 2017, Herbst. Berlin: DIW Berlin.

    All publications in monographs and book chapters

  • Other Publications

    Baake, P. and L. Wagner (2018). EU-Roaming-Verordnung: Theoretisches Modell deutet auf positive Wirkung hin. DIW Wochenbericht 5/2018: 77-82.

    Baake, P. and L. Wagner (2018). EU Roaming Regulation: Theoretical Model Suggests a Positive Assessment. DIW Weekly Report 6/2018: 59-64.

    Bach, S., P. Haan and M. Harnisch (2018). Progressive Sozialbeiträge können niedrige Einkommen entlasten. DIW Wochenbericht 13/14/2018: 277-285.

    Bach, S. and C. Michelsen (2018). Grundsteuerreform: Bodenwert statt Kostenwert oder Fläche: Kommentar. DIW Wochenbericht 16/2018: 318.

    Bender, B., B. Fabian, J. Haupt, S. Lessmann, T. Neumann and C. Thim (2018). Track and Treat - Usage of E-Mail Tracking for Newsletter Individualization. Proceedings of the 26th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS'18), AIS.

    Croonenbroeck, C., M. Odening and S. Hüttel (2018). Farmland Values and Bidder Behavior in First-Price Land Auctions. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. FORLand-Working Paper 02(2018).

    Duso, T. (2018). Die Grundversorger haben die Kostenersparnisse sehr begrenzt an die Kunden weitergegeben: Interview. DIW Wochenbericht 6/2018: 100.

    Duso, T. and F. Szücs (2018). Haushaltsstrompreise: Tarifwechsel ermöglichen große Einsparungen. DIW Wochenbericht 6/2018: 89-99.

    Fichtner, F., K. Brenke, C. Breuer, M. Clemens, S. Junker, C. Michelsen and T. Schlaak (2018). Politik schiebt florierende deutsche Konjunktur zusätzlich an: Grundlinien der Wirtschaftsentwicklung im Frühjahr 2018. DIW Wochenbericht 11/2018: 715-736.

    All publications in other publications


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