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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: forthcoming.

    Schweighofer-Kodritsch, S. (2018). "Time Preferences and Bargaining." Econometrica 86(1): 173–217.

    Wagner St. and M. Goossen (2018). "Knowing me, knowing vou: inventor mobility and the formation of technology-oriented alliances." Academy of Management Journal: forthcoming.

    Adena, M. and S. Huck (2017). "Matching donations without crowding out? Some theoretical considerations a field, and a lab experiment." Journal of Public Economics 148: 39-42.

    Alexandrov, A. and Ö. Bedre-Defolie (2017). "LeChatelier-Samuelson principle in games and pass-through of shocks." Journal of Economic Theory 168: 44-54.

    Amaral-Garcia, S. (2017). "El Tribunal Supremo y los casos por negligencias médicas en Espana." Papeles de Economia Espanola 151: 21-23.

    Amaral-Garcia, S. and N. Garoup (2017). "Judicial Behavior and Devolution at the Privy Council." Review of Law and Economics: forthcoming. [online first: 2017-2004-2021].

    Apicella, C. L., E. E. Demiral and J. Mollerstrom (2017). "No Gender Difference in Willingness to Compete when Competing against Self." The American Economic Review 107(5): forthcoming.

    Baake, P., A. Harasser and F. Heiny (2017). "Information Acquisition in Vertical Relations." The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 17(1): forthcoming.

    Bedre-Defolie, Ö. and G. Biglaiser (2017). "Contracts as a barrier to entry in markets with non-pivotal buyers." American Economic Review: forthcoming.

    All publications in refereed journals 

  • Discussion Papers

    Adena, M., J. Alizade, F. Bohner, J. Harke and F. Mesters (2017). Quality certifications for nonprofits, charitable giving, and donor's trust: experimental evidence. WZB Working Paper SP II 2017–302.

    Amaral-Garcia, S. and N. Garoup (2017). Judicial Behavior and Devolution at the Privy Council. DIW Discussion Paper 1643.

    Argentesi, E., A. Banal-Estanol, J. Seldeslachts and M. Andrews (2017). A Retrospective Evaluation of the GDF/Suez Merger: Effects on Gas Hub Prices. DIW Discussion Papers 1664.

    Apicella, C. L., E. E. Demiral and J. Mollerstrom (2017). No Gender Difference in Willingness to Compete When Competing against Self. DIW Discussion Papers 1638.

    Baake, P. and A. Harasser (2017). Upstream Monopoly and Downstream Information Sharing. DIW Discussion Papers 1635.

    Engelmann, D. and J. Friedrichsen (2017). Who Cares about Social Image? DIW Discussion Paper 1634.

    Friedrichsen, J. (2017). Is socially responsible production a normal good? DIW Discussion Paper 1644.

    Helbing, G., S. Z, M. Odening and M. Ritter (2017). Estimating location values of agricultural land.
    SFB 649 Discussion Paper 2017-002.

    Herrmann, T., O. Hübler, L. Menkhoff and U. Schmidt (2017). Allais for the Poor: Relations to Ability, Information Processing and Risk Attitudes. DIW Discussion Papers 1645.

    Kübler, D., R. Stüber and J. Schmid (2017). Be a Man or Become a Nurse: Comparing Gender Discrimination by Employers across a Wide Variety of Professions. WZB Discussion Paper SP II 2017-201.

    All publications in discussion papers

  • Monographs and Book Chapters

    Barabas, G., B. Blagov, J. Boysen-Hogrefe, H.-U. Brautzsch, K. Brenke, 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, P. Jäger, N. Jannsen, S. Junker, M. Kämpfe, T. Knedlink, S. Koch, R. Lehmann, A. Lindner, B. Loose, C. Michelsen, H. Mikosch, S. Neuwirth, W. Nierhaus, M. Plödt, G. Potjagailo, M. Reif, S. Rujin, J.-C. Scherer, T. Schlaak, S. Schiman, T. Schmidt, F. Schröter, B. Schultz, A. Steiner, U. Stolzenburg, K. v. Deuverden, K. Weyerstraß, M. Wieschemeyer, K. Wohlrabe and G. Zeddies (2017). Aufschwung festigt sich trotz weltwirtschaftlicher Risiken: Gemeinschaftsdiagnose Frühjahr 2017, Dienstleistungsauftrag des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie.

    Hacker, P. (2017). The Ambivalence of Algorithms. Gauging the Legitimacy of Personalized Law. Personal Data in Competition, Consumer Protection and IP Law – Towards a Holistic Approach? M. Bakhoum, B. C. Gallego, M.-O. Mackenrodt and G. Surblyte, Springer: forthcoming.

    Hacker, P. (2017). Nudging and Autonomy. A Philosophical and Legal Appraisal. Handbook of Consumer Research Methods. H.-W. Micklitz, K. Purnhagen and A.-L. Sibony, Edward Elgar: forthcoming.

    Hacker, P. and G. Dimitropoulos (2017). Behavioural Law & Economics and Sustainable Regulation: From Markets to Learning Nudges. Environmental Law and Economics. K. Mathis and B. R. Huber, Springer: 155-183.

    Hacker, P. and S. Grundmann (2017). Conflicts of Interest – Theory and the Regime of MiFID I and II. Regulation of the EU Financial Markets: MiFID II and MiFIR. D. Busch and G. Ferrarini, OUP: 165-204.

    Härdle, W., Y. C. Chen and L. Overbeck (2017). Applied Quantitative Finance 3rd ed. Berlin Heidelberg, Springer-Verlag.

    Augenhofer, S. and C. Alexander, Eds. (2016). Conference proceedings “10 Jahre UGP-Tagung: Erfahrungen und Perspektiven”, Mohr Siebeck.

    All publications in monographs and book chapters

  • Other Publications

    Bach, S., H. Brücker, P. Haan, A. Romiti, K. v. Deuverden and E. Weber (2017). Investitionen in die Integration der Flüchtlinge lohnen sich. DIW Wochenbericht (3/2017): 47-58.

    Bach, S., H. Brücker, P. Haan, A. Romiti, K. v. Deuverden and E. Weber (2017). Refugee Integration: A Worthwile Investment. DIW Economic Bulletin 3/4/2017: 33-43.

    Bach, S., B. Fischer, P. Haan and K. Wrohlich (2017). Ehegattenbesteuerung: Individualbesteuerung mit übertragbarem Grundfreibetrag schafft fiskalische Spielräume. DIW Wochenbericht (13/2017): 247-255.

    Bach, S., P. Haan, K. v. Deuverden, B. Fischer, H. Brücker, A. Romiti and E. Weber (2017). Abschätzung von Effekten der Integration von Flüchtlingen: Kurzexpertise für das Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales. DIW Politikberatung kompakt 117.Duso, T. (2016). Fusionen im Lebensmitteleinzelhandel gehen zu Lasten der Produktvielfalt: Sechs Fragen an Tomaso Duso. DIW Wochenbericht (1/2016): 23.

    Briglauer, W., C. Cambini and M. Grajek (2017). Speeding up the internet: regulation and investment in European fiber optic infrastructure. ESMT No. 17-02.

    Buslei, H., P. Haan and D. Kemptner (2017).
    Rente mit 67: Beitragssatz wird stabilisiert – egal, ob tatsächlich länger gearbeitet wird. DIW Wochenbericht (3/2017): 60-67.

    Duso, T. and M. Gornig (2017).
    Die Hochzeit von Opel und PSA: eine Chance für den Industriestandort Europa: Kommentar. DIW Wochenbericht (11/2017): 220.

    Duso, T. and M. Gornig (2017).
    Mehr Chancen als Risiken. Der Tagesspiegel (07.03.2017), online.

    Fichtner, F., K. Brenke, M. Clemens, S. Junker, C. Michelsen, T. Schlaak and K. v. Deuverden (2017). Deutsche Wirtschaft: Beschäftigungsaufbau stark, Investitionstätigkeit schwach: Grundlinien der Wirtschaftsentwicklung im Frühjahr 2017. DIW Wochenbericht 11/2017: 185-204.

    Fichtner, F., K. Brenke, M. Clemens, S. Junker, C. Michelsen, T. Schlaak and K. v. Deuverden (2017). German Economy: Strong Employment Growth, Weak Investment Activity: DIW Economic Outlook. DIW Economic Bulletin 11/2017: 129-132.

    All publications in other publications


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