Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kube

Senior Research Fellow
Contact Information

Research Focus: 
  • behavioral and experimental economics
  • design of institutions and optimal incentives
  • labor economics, personnel economics and public economics
Academic Career: 
  • 1998 – 2002: Student of Economics at the University of Bonn
  • 2002: Granted a diploma in Economics at the University of Bonn, Diploma thesis „Experimental Investigation of a Currency Union“, supervised by Prof. Selten (final grade „Sehr Gut“, excellent, A)
  • 2004: Awarded the „Heinz Sauermann Preis zur Experimentellen Wirtschaftsforschung“ for the diploma thesis
  • 2002-2003: Research assistant at the Bonn Laboratory of Experimental Economics and at the Centre for European Integration Studies
  • 2002-2003: Research assistant at “SURVIVE”, a project about traffic control in North Rhine-Westphalia funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the direction of Prof. Dr. Reinhard Selten (University of Bonn) and Prof. Dr. Michael Schreckenberg (University of Duisburg/Essen)
  • 2003-2006: Affiliated researcher at “Experimental Investigation of a Currency Union”, a project funded by the DFG (German Research Association) under the direction of Prof. Dr. Reinhard Selten (University of Bonn) and Prof. Dr. Jürgen von Hagen (University of Bonn)
  • 2003-2007: Research and teaching assistant at the Department of Economics (chair Prof. Dr. Clemens Puppe), University of Karlsruhe
  • 2007: Granted a Doctor in Economics at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Dissertation thesis „homo oeconomicus vs homo aequus – Experimental Investigations of Social Preferences“, supervised by Prof. Puppe, Prof. Selten and Prof. Weinhardt (final grade “summa cum laude”, distinction).
  • Since 2007: Senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn.
  • Since 2008: IZA Research Fellow
  • Since 2009: Professor for Behavioral Economics at the University of Bonn
  • Since 2010: Affiliated researcher at the Center for Economics & Neuroscience


  • WS 03/04 Seminar: Fair Division and Collective Welfare
  • SS 04 Seminar: Experimental Social Choice Theory
  • WS 04/05 teaching assistant: Microeconomics
  • SS 05 Seminar: Principal-Agent models: Theory and Experiments
  • WS 05/06 Seminar: Empirical relevance of selected Social Choice problems
  • WS 05/06 teaching assistant: Undergraduate Microeconomics
  • SS 06 Seminar: Suggested Retail Price
  • WS 06/07 Seminar: Reciprocity and Work Relationships
  • SS 09  Seminar: Behavioral Public Choice
  • SS 09  lecture: Experimental Economics
  • SS 09  PhD topics course: Experimental Economics
  • WS 09/10  lecture: Introductory Microeconomics
  • WS 09/10  Seminar: Experimental Economics
  • WS 09/10  PhD topics course: Empirical Economics
  • SS 10  Seminar: Happiness and Economics
  • SS 10  lecture: Experimental Economics
  • SS 10  PhD topics course: Management and Applied Microeconomics
  • WS 10/11 lecture: Introductory Microeconomics
  • WS 10/11: Seminar: Management and Applied Micro
  • WS 10/11 PhD topics course: Management and Applied Microeconomics
  • SS 11  seminar: Human Resource Management
  • SS 11  lecture: Experimental Economics
  • WS 11/12 lecture: Introductory Microeconomics
  • WS 11/12 project seminar (master students): Cooperation
  • SS 12 PhD topics course: Management and Applied Microeconomics
  • SS 12  lecture: Experimental Economics
  • WS 12/13 lecture: Introductory Microeconomics
  • WS 12/13 project seminar (master students): Experimetrics
  • SS 13 lecture: Experimental Economics
  • SS 13 project seminar (master students): Consumer Financial Decision Making

Supervision of diploma, master and PhD theses