Selected Working Papers

Working Memory Training Improves Performance of Primary School Children: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment. (joint with Eva Berger, Ernst Fehr, Henning Müller, and Kirsten Winkel).

Do Children Cooperate Conditionally? Adapting the Strategy Method for First-Graders. (with F. Hett, M. Mechtel, H. Mueller, F. Schmidt, and V. Wagner).

Self-Regulation Training, Labor-Market Reintegration of Unemployed, and Locus of Control. Evidence from a Natural Field Experiment. (with E. Berger, G. Koenig, H. Mueller, and F. Schmidt).

Refereed Journal Publications

GWAS of risk tolerance and risky behaviors in over one million individuals identify hundreds of loci and reveal shared genetic influences. (with the members of the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium et al.): Forthcoming: Nature Genetics.

The Many Faces of Human Sociality – Uncovering the Distribution and Stability of Social Preferences. (with A. Bruhin and E. Fehr). Forthcoming: Journal of the European Economic Association.

Temptation and Commitment in the Laboratory (with D. Houser, J. Winter, and E. Xiao). Games and Economic Behavior. 107 (2018), 329-344.

Combining Multiple Hypothesis Testing with Machine Learning Increases the Statistical Power of a Genome-wide Association Study of Seven Major Diseases. (with B. Mieth, M. Kloft, J-A Rodriguez, S. Sonnenburg, R. Vobruba, C. Morcillo, X. Farre, U. Marigorta, E. Fehr, T. Dickhaus, G. Blanchard, A. Navarro, K-R Mueller). Nature – Scientific Reports. 6, 36671 (2016), doi:10.1038/srep36671.

Assessing statistical significance in multivariable genome wide association analysis. (with L. Buzdugan, M. Kalisch, A. Navarro, E. Fehr, P. Buehlmann). Bioinformatics. 32, 13 (2016), 1990-2000.

Multiplicity- and dependency-adjusted p-values for control of the family-wise error rate. (with J. Stange, T. Dickhaus, and A. Navarro). Statistics and Probability Letters, 11 (2016), 32-40.  

Expectations as Reference Points: Field Evidence from Professional Soccer. (with B. Bartling and L. Brandes). Management Science. 61, 11 (2015), 2646–2661.

How individual characteristics shape the structure of social networks (with F. Hett and Y. Girard). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 115 (2015), 197-216.

How Do Judgmental Overconfidence and Overoptimism Shape Innovative Activity? (with H. Herz and C. Zehnder). Games and Economic Behavior. 83 (2014), 1-23.

Uncertainty causes rounding: an experimental study (with P. Ruud and J. Winter). Experimental Economics. 17 (2014), 391-413.

Strategic Responses! A Survey Experiment on Public Opposition against Pension Reforms. (with B. Scheubel and J. Winter). Scandinavian Journal of Economics. 115, 2 (2013), 549-574. [This paper was awarded the DIA-ZUKUNFTSPREIS 2010.]

Panel Conditioning in Difficult Attitudinal Questions (with J. Binswanger and V. Toepoel). Public Opinion Quarterly. 77, 3 (2013), 783-797.

The Case for Limited Auditor Liability - The Effects of Liability Size on Risk Aversion and Ambiguity Aversion (with C. Koch). Schmalenbach Business Review. 65, 1 (2013), 54–75.

The relationship between child health, developmental gaps, and parental education: Evidence from administrative data (with M. Salm). Journal of the European Economic Association. 10, 6 (2012), 1425–1449.

Refined statistical inference methods for contingency table analyses in genetic association studies (with T. Dickhaus, K. Straßburger, A. Navarro, and C. Suarez). Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology. 11, 4 (2012).

Linking brain structure and activation in the temporo parietal junction to explain the neurobiology of human altruism (with Y. Morishima, A. Bruhin, C. Ruff, and E. Fehr). Neuron. 75, 1 (2012), 73-79.

What is an adequate standard of living during retirement? (with J. Binswanger). Journal of Pension Economics and Finance. 11, 2 (2012), 203-222.

Health Effects on Children's Willingness to Compete (with B. Bartling and E. Fehr). Experimental Economics. 15 (2012), 58-70.

Distinguishing Trust from Risk: An Anatomy of the Investment Game (with D. Houser and J. Winter). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 74, 1-2 (2010), 72-81.

Disrupting the prefrontal cortex diminishes the human ability to build a good reputation (with D. Knoch, F. Schneider, M. Hohmann, and E. Fehr). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (shared first authorship with D. Knoch and F. Schneider), 106, 49 (2009), 20895-20899.

Behavioral Heterogeneity in Dynamic Search Situations: Theory and experimental evidence. Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 33 (2009), 1719-1738.

Egalitarianism and Competitiveness (with B. Bartling, E. Fehr, and M. Marechal). American Economic Review, Papers&Proceedings, 99 (2), (2009), 93-98.

The relationship between risk attitudes and heuristics in search tasks: A laboratory experiment. (with J. Winter). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 71 (2009), 347-360.

Social Environments with Competitive Pressure: Gender Effects in the Decisions of German Schoolchildren (with D. Houser). Journal of Economic Psychology, 30, (2009), 634-641.

Participation costs for responders can reduce rejection rates in ultimatum bargaining (with P. Wichardt and P. Schmitz). Economics Letters, 103 (2009), 33-35.

What Determines the Savings Behavior of German Households? An Examination of Saving Motives and Saving Decisions. Journal of Economics and Statistics, 229, 4 (2009), 467-491.

A Markov Chain Monte Carlo Algorithm for Multiple Imputation in Large Surveys. Advances in Statistical Analysis, 92 (2008), 101-114.

Saving incentives, old-age provision and displacement effects: Evidence from the recent German pension reform (with A. Börsch-Supan and A. Reil-Held). Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, 7, 3 (2008), 295-319.

Combining Brain and Behavioral Data to Improve Econometric Policy Analysis (with D. Houser and E. Xiao). Analyse & Kritik, 29 (2007), 382–397.

Explaining heterogeneity in utility functions by individual differences in preferred decision modes (with C. Betsch). Journal of Economic Psychology, 27, 3 (2006), 386-401.

Classification of Human Decision Behavior: Finding Modular Decision Rules with Genetic Algorithms (with F. Rothlauf and J. Pfeiffer). In: H.G. Beyer et al. (eds.), Genetic and Evolutionary Computation 2005, ACM Press, New York (2005), 2021-2028.

Spatial Dynamic Modeling and Urban Land Use Transformation: A Simulation Approach to Assessing the Fiscal Costs of Urban Sprawl (with B. Deal). Ecological Economics, 51, 1-2 (2004), 79-95.

Impacts of a Carbon Tax Policy on Illinois Grain Farms – A Dynamic Simulation Study (with B. Hannon). Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, 6, 3 (2004), 221-247.


The German SAVE-Survey: Design and Results (with A. Boersch-Supan, M. Coppola, A. Eymann, and L. Essig). mea-Verlag (2008). 186 pages.

Other publications

Savings and Asset Accumulation in Germany. In: D. Engels and K. Ridder (eds.), Weiterentwicklung der Reichtumsberichterstattung der Bundesregierung. DIW/BMAS (2007). Köln, 53-68. (in German)

The German SAVE-Survey: Methodology of a Nationwide Field Survey. MEA-Technical Report 109-06 (2006). MEA - University of Mannheim.

Markets as Complex Adaptive Systems: An Introduction to Evolutionary Modelling. Wirtschaftswissenschaftliches Studium, 8 (2005), 409-413 (in German)

Relevance determination in learning vector quantization (with T. Bojer, B. Hammer, K. Tluk von Toschanowitz.). In: M. Verleysen (ed.), European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks ‘2001, D-facto publications (2001), 271-276