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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

    Blind, K., S. S. Petersen and C. A. F. Riillo (2017). "The impact of standards and regulation on innovation in uncertain markets." Research Policy 46(1): 249-264.

    Lang, M. (2017). "Legal Uncertainty as a Welfare Enhancing Screen." European Economic Review 91: 274-289.

    Adena, M. (2016). "Nonprofit Organizations, Free Media and Donor´s Trust." Journal of Economics 118(3): 239-263.

    Aguzzoni, L., E. Argentesi, L. Ciari, T. Duso and M. Tognoni (2016). "Ex-post Merger Evaluation in the UK Retail Market for Books." Journal of Industrial Economics 64(1): 170-200.

    Antoniou, F. and R. Strausz (2016). "Feed-in Subsidies, Taxation, and Inefficient Entry." Environmental and Resource Economics: forthcoming.

    Bassi, V., S. Huck and I. Rasul (2016). "A note on charitable giving by corporates and aristocrats: Evidence from a field experiment." Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (Special Issue on Experiments on Charitable Giving): forthcoming.

    Berger, M., G. Fellner, R. Sausgruber and C. Traxler (2016). Higher taxes, more evasion? Evidence from border differentials in TV license fees. Journal of Public Economics: forthcoming.

    Bester, H. and J. Münster (2016). "Subjective Evaluation versus Public Information." Economic Theory 61: 723-753.

    Blind, K. and A. Mangelsdorf (2016). "Motives to standardize: Empirical evidence from Germany." Technovation 48-49: 13-24.

    All publications in refereed journals 

  • Discussion Papers

    Adena, M. and S. Huck (2016). Online fundraising, self-deception, and the long-term impact of ask avoidance. WZB Discussion Paper SP II 2016-306.
    Baake, P., A. Harasser and F. Heiny (2016). Information Acquisition in Vertical Relations. DIW Discussion Papers 1543.
    Bassi, V., S. Huck and I. Rasul (2016). A note on charitable giving by corporates and aristocrats: Evidence from a field experiment. WZB Discussion Paper SP II 2016-304.
    Danz, D., S. Huck and P. Jehiel (2016). Public Statistics and Private Experience. Varying Feedback Information in a Take-or-Pass Game. WZB Discussion Paper SP II 2016-201.
    Friedrichsen, J. (2016). Signals Sell: Designing a Product Line when Consumers Have Social Image Concerns. WZB Berlin Social Science Center SP II 2016-202.
    Haan, P. and M. Simmler (2016). Wind Electricity Subsidies = Windfall Gains for Land Owners? Evidence from Feed-In Tariff in Germany. DIW Discussion Papers 1568.
    Huck, S., L. Ensthaler and J. Leutgeb (2016). Games played through agents in the laboratory – A test of Prat & Rustichini's model. WZB Discussion Paper SP II 2016-305.
    Kaiser, T. and L. Menkhoff (2016). Does Financial Education Impact Financial Behavior, and if So, When? DIW Discussion Papers 1562.

    All publications in discussion papers

  • Monographs and Book Chapters

    Augenhofer, S. and C. Alexander, Eds. (2016). Conference proceedings “10 Jahre UGP-Tagung: Erfahrungen und Perspektiven”, Mohr Siebeck.
    Augenhofer, S. (2016). §§ 474-479, Verbrauchsgüterkauf. Beck’scher Online-Großkommentar zum BGB. Gsell, Krüger, Lorenz and Mayer, C.H. Beck.
    Augenhofer, S. (2016). Rechtsvergleichung. Grundlagen des Rechts. Krüger, Nomos. 3rd edition.
    Bach, T. and K. Wegrich (2016). Regulatory Reform, Accountability and Blame in Public Service Delivery: The Public Transport Crisis in Berlin. The Ashgate Research Companion to Accountability and Welfare State Reforms in Europe. T. Christensen and P. Lægreid. Farnham, Ashgate: forthcoming.
    Hammerschmid, G. and K. Wegrich (2016). Infrastructure Governance and Government Decision Making. Hertie School of Governance: Governance Report 2016.
    Wegrich, K. and G. Hammerschmid (2016). Infrastructure governance as political choice Governance of Infrastructure. K. Wegrich, G. Hammerschmid and K. G. Oxford, Oxford University Press: forthcoming.
    Wegrich, K,, G. Hammerschmid and G. Kostka (2016). The Governance Report 2016: Governance of Infrastructure. Oxford, Oxford University Press: forthcoming.

    All publications in monographs and book chapters

  • Other Publications

    Duso, T. (2016). Fusionen im Lebensmitteleinzelhandel gehen zu Lasten der Produktvielfalt: Sechs Fragen an Tomaso Duso. DIW Wochenbericht (1/2016): 23.
    Duso, T., E. Argentesi, P. Buccirossi, R. Cervone and A. Marrazzo (2016). Unternehmenszusammenschlüsse im Lebensmitteleinzelhandel verringern die Produktvielfalt. DIW Wochenbericht (1/2016): 11-22.
    Duso, T., J. Seldeslachts, and F. Szücs (2016). EU Competition Policy Enforcement Supports Investment in the Energy Sectors. DIW Economic Bulletin 15/2016: 173-181.
    Duso, T., J. Seldeslachts, and F. Szücs (2016). EU-Wettbewerbspolitik fördert Investitionen in den Energiesektoren. DIW Wochenbericht (15/2016): 282-290.
    Duso, T. and H. Ullrich (2016). Ein Plädoyer für einen gelassenen Umgang mit Unternehmensdaten für statistische Zwecke: Kommentar. DIW Wochenbericht (18/2016): 416.
    Ensthaler, L., O. Nottmeyer, C. Zankiewicz and G. Weizsäcker (2016). Hidden skewness: On the difficulty of multiplicative compounding under random shocks.
    Jentzsch, N. (2016). Auflösung der Privatsphäre – Ende der Solidarität?: Kommentar. DIW Wochenbericht (8/2016): 168.

    All publications in other publications


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