Dr. Sebastian Tonke

Senior Research Fellow

Main Research Focus:

My research focuses on behavioral development economics using large-scale field experiments. I am especially interested in social norms, social identity, self-control as well as the application of these insights to policy design.

Academic Career:

  • 2019 - present: Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn
  • 2013 - 2019: Doctoral degree in Economics, University of Cologne
  • 2012 - 2013: Master of Science in Economics, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
  • 2008 - 2012: Bachelor of Economics, University of Cologne


Rockenbach, B., Tonke, S., & Weiss, A. R. (2021). Self-serving behavior of the rich causes contagion effects among the poor. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 183, 289-300.

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