Research Groups

Research Group Prof. Dr. Matthias Sutter (Experimental Economics)

The „Experimental Economics Group“ uses experimental methods – both in the lab and in the field – to study a broad variety of questions that are relevant for society. Among others, three areas of research are particularly important. First, the group studies how economic preferences develop in childhood and adolescence. This area includes investigating the factors that determine economic preferences of young humans and devising interventions to shape behavior in a way that promotes success in life. Second, the group is interested in the provision of credence goods.

Research Group Prof. Dr. Christoph Engel (Behavioral Law and Economics)

The most prominent method to interpret modern law is teleological. It assumes that legal rules serve a discernible purpose. We focus on one frequent purpose: the law helps the citizens overcome a dilemma. Illustrations comprise the environment, privacy, innovation, or competition. One line of our research aims at reconstructing such policy problems, and testing to which degree legal intervention is a precondition for solving them. A second line of research investigates in which ways and how successful legal rules change the behavior of the law's subjects. The third line aims at understanding the process in which new rules are made, and existing rules are applied.

Research Group Dr. Anna Baumert (Moral Courage)

This Research Group is dedicated to investigate the psychological processes of bystander intervention against norm violations, also termed moral courage (Zivilcourage). Research approaches from personality and social psychology are combined to understand dispositional and situational determinants of intervention. Empirical strategies involve, but are not limited to, observation studies in the lab, comparisons of extreme groups (exemplars), ambulatory assessment methods, and multi-method assessment.

Project description within "Moral Beacons" funding competition.