Dr. Oliver Himmler

Visiting Researcher
Contact Information
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Research Interests

Public Economics, Political Economics, Economics of Education, Experimental Economics

Working Papers

Literacy and the migrant-native wage gap, revise & resubmit at Review of Income and Wealth, 2014 (with Robert Jaeckle)

Soft commitments, reminders, and academic performance – a field experiment in higher education, mimeo, 2014 (with Robert Jaeckle)

A theory of political accountability and journalism, contains extensions to 'Mass Media, Instrumental Information, and Electoral Accountability' (with Christian Bruns)

Tax evasion spillovers – a field experiment, mimeo, 2014 (with Sebastian Goerg and Tobias Koenig)

Self evaluations and performance – evidence from adolescence, Hannover Discussion Paper 507, 2012 (with Tobias Koenig)

The effects of school choice on academic achievement and grading standards, CESifo Working Paper No. 2676, 2009

Work in Progress

Broken windows in the lab – Spillovers in norm-breaking behavior (with Sebastian Goerg and Tobias Koenig)

The effect of firearms prevalence on crime and suicides (with Christian Traxler)

Social Norms in Higher Education – The effect of providing students with performance feedback (with Robert Jaeckle)


'Mass Media, Instrumental Information, and Electoral Accountability' (with Christian Bruns), forthcoming, Journal of Public Economics.

'Fairness Spillovers - The Case of Taxation' (with Thomas Cornelissen and Tobias Koenig), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 90(C), 2013.

'Double standards in educational standards - Do Schools with a Disadvantaged Student Body Grade More Leniently? (with Robert Schwager), German Economic Review, 14(2), 2013.

'Perceived Unfairness in CEO Compensation and Work Morale' (with Thomas Cornelissen and Tobias Koenig), Economics Letters, 110(1), 2011.

'Newspaper circulation and local government efficiency' (with Christian Bruns), Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 113(2), 2011.

'Media activity and public spending' (with Christian Bruns), Economics of Governance, 11(4), 2010.

'Health and wages - panel data estimates considering selection and endogeneity' (with Robert Jaeckle), Journal of Human Resources, 45(2), 2010.