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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

    Klapper, D., D. Kostyra, M. Natter and J. Reiner (2016). "Decomposing the Effects of Online Customer Reviews on Brand, Price and Product." International Journal for Research in Marketing, Special Issue: Branding in a Digitally Empowering World 32(1): forthcoming.

    Acharya, V. V. and S. Steffen (2015). "The “greatest” carry trade ever? Understanding Eurozone bank risks." Journal of Financial Economics 115(2): 215-236.

    Adena, M., R. Enikolopov, M. Petrova, V. Santarosa and E. Zhuravskaya (2015). "Radio and the Rise of the Nazis in Prewar Germany." The Quarterly Journal of Economics: forthcoming.

    Aguzzoni, L., E. Argentesi, L. Ciari, T. Duso and M. Tognoni (2015). "Ex-post Merger Evaluation in the UK Retail Market for Books." Journal of Industrial Economics: forthcoming.

    Amaral-Garcia, S., P. Bertoli and V. Grembi (2015). "Does Experience Rating Improve Obstetric Practices? Evidence from Italy." Health Economics 24(9): 1050-1064.

    Amaral-Garcia, S. and N. Garoupa (2015). "Do Administrative Courts Favor the Government? Evidence from Medical Malpractice in Spain." European Journal of Tort Law 6(3).

    Benndorf, V., D. Kübler and H.-T. Normann (2015). "Privacy Concerns, Voluntary Disclosure of Information, and Unraveling: An Experiment." European Economic Review: forthcoming.

    Berg, T., A. Saunders and S. Steffen (2015). "The total costs of corporate borrowing in the loan market: Don't ignore the fees." Journal of Finance: forthcoming.

    All publications in refereed journals 

  • Discussion Papers

    Asseyer, A. (2015). Optimal dynamic procurement contracts with monitoring and lumpy investment. Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Science, Working Papers Series 2015-02.

    Baetje, F. and L. Menkhoff (2015). Equity Premium Prediction: Are Economic and Technical Indicators Instable? Kiel Working Paper 1987. Kiel: 42.

    Belomestny, D., S. Ma and W. K. Härdle (2015). Pricing Kernel Modeling. SFB 649 Discussion Paper 2015-001.

    Calzolari, G. and M. Nardotto (2015). Nudging with information: a randomized field experiment. CEPR Discussion Papers 8571.

    Clougherty, J. and T. Duso (2015). Correcting for Self-Selection Based Endogeneity in Management Research: A Review and Empirical Demonstration. DIW Discussion Papers 1465.

    Fang, L. and W. K. Härdle (2015). Stochastic Population Analysis: A Functional Data Approach. SFB 649 Discussion Paper 2015-007.

    Fehr, D., R. Hakimov and D. Kübler (2015). The Willingness to Pay-Willingness to accept Gap: A Failed Replication of Plott and Zeiler. Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Market Behavior SP II 2015-204.

    Felsö, F., S. Onderstal and J. Seldeslachts (2015). What Clients Want: Choices between Lawyers' Offerings. DIW Discussion Papers 1460.

    All publications in discussion papers

  • Monographs and Book Chapters

    Amaral-Garcia, S. (2015). Administrative Courts. Encyclopedia of Law and Economics. J. Backhaus, Springer.

    Amaral-Garcia, S. (2015). Daño moral derivado de lesiones. El Daño Moral y su quantificacion.
    Gómez-Pomar and M. Garcìa, Bosch.

    Augenhofer, S. (2015). §§ 474-479, Verbrauchsgüterkauf. Beck’scher Online-Großkommentar zum BGB. Gsell, Krüger, Lorenz and Mayer, C.H. Beck: forthcoming.

    Augenhofer, S. (2015). German report on CSR. Antitrust in the Groceries Sector & Liability Issues in Relation to Corporate Social Responsibility.
    Kobel, Këllezi and Kilpatrick, Springer: 507-529.

    Blind, K. (2015). From standards to quality infrastructure: a review of impact studies and an outlook. The Law, Economics and Politics of International Standardisation. Panagiotis Delimatsis.

    Döhler, M., J. Franzke and K. Wegrich (2015). Der gut organisierte Staat: Festschrift für Werner Jann zum 65. Geburtstag.

    Döhler, M., J. Franzke and K. Wegrich (2015). Politikwissenschaft, Verwaltung, Organisation – und Governance? Der gut organisierte Staat. M. Döhler, J. Franzke and K. Wegrich, Sigma.

    Franke, J., Härdle, W., and Hafner, C. (2015) Statistics of Financial Markets: an Introduction. 4th ed., Springer Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg.

    All publications in monographs and book chapters

  • Other Publications

    Baake, P. (2015). Netzneutralität: keine einfache Diskussion: Kommentar. DIW Wochenbericht (11/2015): 256.

    Grohmann, A. (2015). Many People Have Inadequate Understanding of Basic Financial Concepts: Seven Questions to Antonia Grohmann. DIW Economic Bulletin 30/31/2015: 413.

    Grohmann, A. (2015). Viele Menschen kennen sich auch mit einfachen finanziellen Konzepten zu wenig aus: Sieben Fragen an Antonia Grohmann. DIW Wochenbericht 28/2015: 662.

    Grohmann, A. and L. Menkhoff (2015). School, Parents, and Financial Literacy Shape Future Financial Behavior. DIW Economic Bulletin 30/31/2015: 407-412.

    Grohmann, A. and L. Menkhoff (2015). Schule, Eltern und finanzielle Bildung bestimmen das Finanzverhalten. DIW Wochenbericht 28/2015: 655-661.

    Hüttel, S., M. Odening and V. v. Schlippenbach (2015). Steigende landwirtschaftliche Bodenpreise: Anzeichen für eine Spekulationsblase? DIW Wochenbericht (3/2015): 37-43.

    Steinruecke, L. and S. Steffen (2015). Funktionsweise und Einschätzung des “Comprehensive Assessment” [Operation and assessment of "comprehensive assessment"]. Zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung (zfbf) Kontaktstudium: forthcoming.

    Baake, P. and T. Duso (2014). Fusion auf dem Mobilfunkmarkt: keine leichte Entscheidung für die EU-Kommission: Kommentar. DIW Wochenbericht (29/2014): 708.

    All publications in other publications


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