I work as an Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Birmingham. I apply methods from behavioural economics to study the complex motivations behind cooperation, risk-taking, and charitable giving. A particular focus of my research is the provision of goods that benefit future generations, such as climate change mitigation.
By uncovering the factors and mechanisms that influence these decisions, such as social identity, group affiliation, and the power of social information, I aim to gain a deeper understanding of economic behaviour. Utilizing both experimental techniques and the analysis of non-choice data, I strive to shed light on the cognitive processes that drive cooperation, risk-taking, and norm compliance. A better understanding of these factors will improve the performance of organisations and institutions across society.
I am co-leading the Behavioural Economics Research Group at the University of Birmingham.
My research has been funded by grants from the British Academy, AHRC, UKRI, BMBF and other funding bodies.
Currently, I am co-editing a special issue on "Cognition and Economic Behavior" in the Journal of Economic Psychology
"I’m in a hurry, I don't want to know! Strategic ignorance under time pressure.", The Journal of Experimental Psychology: General with Johannes Jarke
"The effects of contemporaneous peer punishment on cooperation with the future", Nature Communications (2020), Vol 11, Nr 1815 with Israel Waichman
"What do we learn from public good games about voluntary climate action? Evidence from an artefactual field experiment", Ecological Economics (2020), Vol. 171, May 2020, with Timo Goeschl, Sara Elisa Kettner and Christiane Schwieren
"Levelling up? An inter-neighbourhood experiment on parochialism and the efficiency of multi-level public goods provision", Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (2019), Vol. 164, Aug. 2019, pp. 500-517, with Carlo Gallier, Timo Goeschl, Martin Kesternich, Christiane Reif and Daniel Römer
"Cooperation in public good games. Calculated or confused?", European Economic Review (2018), Vol. 120, pp.185-203, with Timo Goeschl
"Is fairness intuitive? An experiment accounting for the role of subjective utility differences under time pressure", Experimental Economics (2018), with Anna Merkel
"From Social Information to Social Norms: Evidence from Two Experiments on Donation Behaviour.", Games (2018), Vol 9, No. 4, with Timo Goeschl, Sara Kettner and Christiane Schwieren
"Registered Replication Report: Rand, Greene and Nowak (2012)", Perspectives in Psychological Sciences (2017), Vol.12, No.3, pp. 527-542, with Bouwmeester et al.
"Giving is a question of time: Response times and contributions to an environmental public good", Environmental and Resource Economics (2017), Vol. 67, No. 3, pp. 455–477, with Timo Goeschl and Johannes Diederich
"Smart or Selfish? - When smart guys finish nice", Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (2016), Vol. 64, p. 28-40
"Cognitive abilities and risk taking: the role of preferences", R&R at The Economic Journal with Michalis Drouvelis
"Improving compliance with COVID-19 guidance: a workplace field experiment.", with Danae Arroyos-Calvera, Michalis Drouvelis, and Rebecca McDonald.
"Inter-carity competition under spatial differentiation: Sorting, crowding, and splillovers ", with Carlo Gallier, Timo Goeschl, Martin Kesternich, Christiane Reif, and Daniel Römer
"Active and Passive Risk-Taking", with Christian König-Kersting and Anna Merkel
"Should transparency be (in-) transparent? On monitoring aversion and cooperation in teams" with Michalis Drouvelis and Johannes Jarke
"Absolute groupishness and the demand for information", with Rebecca McDonald
"Inter-charity competition and efficiency: Considerations beyond fundraising and tax incentives for giving" The Routledge Handbook of Taxation and Philanthropy (2021), with Kim Scharf