Oliver Kirchkamp
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Curriculum vitae


Research interests

Empirical methods, experiments, game theory, auctions and markets.


19 December 2001 at Universität Mannheim. Venia für Volkswirtschaftslehre (Economics)
2. May 1996 within the “European Doctoral Program in Quantitative Economics” at Universität Bonn and at EHESS and DELTA on “Evolution and Learning in Spatial Models”.
November 1990 at Universität Bonn. Title: Diplom Volkswirt. Topic: Optimal Taxation with Incomplete Competition.

Employments and Scholarships

since 2006:
Chair of Experimental and Empirical Economics at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena in Germany.
Chair of Microeconomics at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Interim Chair of Macroeconomics and Economic Policy at the Universität Mannheim.
Interim Chair of Microeconomic Theory at the Universität Mannheim.
Head of the experimental laboratory at the SFB 504 (Concepts of rationality, decision making, and economic modelling) at Universität Mannheim.
Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.
Research Assistant at Universität Bonn.
Scholarship of the European Community (SPES) for a stay at DELTA in Paris.
Research Assistant at Universität Bonn.

Funded research projects

IMPRS Adapting Behavior in a Fundamentally Uncertain World (financial support through Max Planck Society, spokesperson, with Christoph Engel).
DFG RTG 1411 Innovative Change (financial support through Deutsche Forschungs Gemeinschaft, deputy chair).
Jena Graduate School Human Behaviour in Social and Economic Change (financial support through the state of Thuringia, principal investigator).
IMPRS Adapting Behavior in a Fundamentally Uncertain World (financial support through Max Planck Society, principal investigator).
“Modelling expectations in the context of micro- and macroeconomics'', Project B6 within SFB 504


Teaching Award:
Fachschaftslehrpreis der Fakultät VWL der Universität Mannheim
Lectures (1.+2. year):
Advanced Microeconomics (3.+4. year, 5+6. year):
Econometrics (3.+4. year, 5+6. year):
Smaller courses and contributions to lectures:
  • Classroom experiment: The experimental stock market within the context of the lecture "introduction into financial economics"
  • WWW experiments and questionnaires
  • Introduction to experimental economics
...in economic theory, evolutionary game theory, experimental and behavioural economics, game theory, labour markets: spring 93, spring 94, spring 95, fall 95/96, fall 03/04, 04/05, 06/07. 2007. 07/08.


Submitted and under revision

Working Papers

Ph.D. Students

  1. Jianying Qiu (submitted in 2008), "Developments in Capital Asset Pricing: Theory and Experiments" (with Werner Güth).
  2. Tobias Uske (submitted in 2008), "The Perception of Uncertainty and its Impact on Strategic Interactions - Analysis and Experimental Investigations" (with Werner Güth).
  3. Nadine Chlaß (submitted in 2009), "Purely Procedural Aspects of Games" (with Werner Güth).
  4. Stefan Bauernschuster (submitted in 2010), "Empirical Strategies in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research" (with David Audretsch).
  5. Robert Böhm (submitted in 2010), "Minimal Conditions for the Discontinuity Effect" (with Klaus Rothermund).
  6. Niels Große (submitted in 2010), "Decision Making in Groups and Networks: The Case of Experimental Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research" (with Werner Güth).
  7. Kirsten Häger (submitted in 2010), "Experiments on Models of Cooperative Micro-Economic Behavior" (with Werner Güth).
  8. Tatiana Plotnikova (submitted in 2010), "Firm Growth Through Diversication: Analysis of Innovation Portfolios in Bio Pharmaceutical Industry" (with Uwe Cantner).
  9. Vera Popova (submitted in 2010), "Experiments on cooperation and markets with asymmetric information" (with Werner Güth).
  10. Alice Becker (submitted in 2011), "Fair Division, Compensation and Accountability" (with Werner Güth).
  11. Charlotte Klempt (submitted in 2011), "Asymmetric Information in Bargaining" (with Werner Güth).
  12. Linan Diao (submitted in 2011), "Behavioural Heuristics and Portfolio Choice" (with Jörg Rieskamp).
  13. Lauri Sääksvuori (submitted in 2011), "On Human Nature and the Empirics of Collective Action" (with Werner Güth).
  14. Fang Wang (submitted in 2011), "International Trade, Learning, and Firms’ Heterogeneous Performance: Theory and Evidence from Developing Economies" (with Uwe Cantner).
  15. Simon Wiederhold (submitted in 2011), "The Role of Public Procurement in Innovation: Theory and Empirical Evidence" (with Uwe Cantner).
  16. Ulrike Vollstädt (submitted in 2012), "Bargaining with Asymmetric Power-On Groups, Individuals and Escalation" (with Thomas Kessler).
  17. Johannes Weisser (submitted in 2012), "One-Way Communication and Leading by Example" (with Werner Güth).
  18. Georg Zaklan (submitted in 2012), "Adaptive Behavior in Strategic Settings with Multiple Agents-Theoretical Considerations, Empirical, and Simulation Analyses" (with Markus Pasche).
  19. Michael Hüttner (submitted in 2012), "Political and economic alternatives for the gratification of emission reductions from deforestation and forest degradation under a future climate regime" (with Uwe Cantner).
  20. Jieyao Ding (submitted in 2012), "Three Essays on Framing Effect and Individual Behavior" (with Christoph Engel).
  21. Katrin Schmelz (submitted in 2012), "Cultural, Individual, and Situational Determinants of Control Aversion in Employment Relationships" (with Simon Gächter).
  22. Karolina Hansen (submitted in 2012), "Interactions of accent and appearance in social categorization, impression formation, and economic decisions" (with Melanie Steffens).
  23. Michael Kurschilgen (submitted in 2012), "How Norms Guide Behavior in an Uncertain World: An Experimental Law & Economics Perspective" (with Christoph Engel).
  24. Jenny Volstorf (submitted in 2012), "Against all noise: on noise-robust strategies in the emergence of cooperation" (with Gerd Giegerenzer, Jörg Rieskamp).
  25. Hannes Koppel (submitted in 2012), "Innate and Institutional Factors Affecting Other-Regarding Behavior and Reasoning in Economic Games" (with Werner Güth).
  26. Sebastian Krügel (submitted in 2013), "Belief Updating and Trading Behavior in the Laboratory" (with Werner Güth).
  27. Katharina Eckartz (submitted in 2013), "Information and incentives in principal-agent experiments" (with Christoph Engel).
  28. Guohong Wang (submitted in 2013), "Absorptive Capacity, Knowledge Spillovers and Strategic R&D - Theory and Experiment" (with Uwe Cantner).
  29. Igor Asanov (submitted in 2014), "Application of Experimental Methods to Economics of Innovation" (with Uwe Cantner and Arno Riedl).
  30. Olexandr Nikolaychuk (submitted in 2014), "Information, Strategic Behavior and Learning in Games: An Experimental Analysis" (with Thomas Kessler).
  31. Alexander Morell (submitted in 2014), "Opportunities of Cross-fertilization between Law and Experimental Economics" (with Werner Güth).
  32. Marco Kleine (submitted in 2014), "Communication and Fairness: An Experimental Economics Approach" (with Christoph Engel).
  33. Serhiy Kandul (submitted in 2015), "Experimental Analysis of Successes and Failures in Prosocial and Ethical Behavior" (with Christoph Engel).
  34. Hanjo Hamann (submitted in 2015), "Behavioral Second-Order Strategies - Exploiting Market Myopia and Agent Delegation in Economic Decision-Making" (with Christoph Engel).
  35. Marian Panganiban (submitted in 2015), "Institutions and Identity in Economic Decision-Making" (with Thomas Kessler).
  36. Bendikt Werner (submitted in 2015), "On the Temporal Dynamics of Implicit Self-Regulation in the Form of Evaluative Goal Shielding" (with Klaus Rothermund).
  37. Mike Farjam (submitted in 2016), "Game against the machine. Interacting with artificial economic agents" (with Pim Haselager).
  38. Laura Lyhs (submitted in 2016), "Defensive Behavior in Principal-Agent Relationships" (with Christoph Engel).
  39. Isabel Marcin (submitted in 2016), "Strategic Communication, Voting and Political Institutions: Essays in Behavioral Political Economy" (with Christoph Engel).
  40. Pascal Langenbach (submitted in 2017), "Essays in Experimental Law and Economics: Participation and Decision-Making Procedures" (with Christoph Engel).
  41. Josefine Diekhof (submitted in 2017), "An Empirical Investigation of Asymmetric Firm Responses – The Role of Environmentally Friendly Entrants in the Automotive Industry and External Demand Shocks on the Mexican Economy" (with Uwe Cantner).
  42. Henning Prömpers (submitted in 2017), "Heterogeneous Risks at Auditing of Trade Accounts Receivable and Their Default in Payment within Personal Insolvency" (with Christoph Engel).
  43. Svenja Hippel (submitted in 2018), "Institutional Solutions to Social Dilemmas: A Behavioral Economics Perspective" (with Christoph Engel).
  44. Wladislaw Mill (submitted in 2018), "Spite in auctions — Theoretical and experimental investigations" (with Christoph Engel).
  45. Christina Strobel (submitted in 2019), "Accountability and Appraisal of Artificial Intelligence" (with Christoph Engel).
  46. Yoan Hermstrüwer (submitted in 2020), "Engineering Games in the Public Interest" (with Christoph Engel).
  47. Maj-Britt Sterba (submitted in 2021), "Experimental evidence on fair and unfair inequalities" (with Christoph Engel).
  48. Leonard Hoeft (submitted in 2022), "Legal Institutions in the Laboratory" (with Christoph Engel).

Professional Services

Refereeing for journals

American Economic Review; Annals of Operations Research; European Economic Review; Games and Economic Behavior; Experimental Economics; German Economic Review; IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics; IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation; International Journal of Game Theory; International Journal of Industrial Organization; International Migration Journal; Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik; Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation; Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics; Journal of Bioeconomics; Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation; Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control; Journal of Economic Psychology; Journal of Economic Surveys; Journal of Economic Theory; Journal of Evolutionary Economics; Journal of Financial Intermediation; Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics; Journal of Population Economics; Labour Economics; Land Use Policy; Management Science; Public Choice; Regional Science and Urban Economics; Review of Economic Studies; Scandinavian Journal of Economics; Social Choice and Welfare; Southern Economic Journal.

Refereeing for research funding agencies (selection)

ANR Agence Nationale de la Recherche; BSF United States - Israel, Binational Science Foundation; DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft; Fritz Thyssen Stifung; FWF Austrian Science Fund; SSHRC Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Invited seminars:

Duisburg-Essen (9.5.2018), Pisa (10.3.2015), Passau (28.5.2014), Hamburg (15.5.2014), Karlsruhe (4.7.2013), Graz (5.3.2013), Innsbruck (15.12.2011), Berlin (27.10.2011), Maastricht (22. 4. 2010), Erfurt (29. 1. 2009), Frankfurt (15. 10. 2008), Ottobeuren (14. 9. 2008), St Andrews (10. 9. 2008), Mannheim (26. 5. 2008), IK2008-Behavioral Economics (9.3.2008), Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft Annual Conference on Physics of Socio-Economic Systems (28. 2. 2008), Helsinki Center of Economic Research (5. 10. 2007), HU Berlin (5. 2. 2007), Uni Erfurt (1. 2. 2007), MPI Bonn (12. 3. 2007), University of Aberdeen (31. 5. 2006), Heriot Watt University (Edinburgh, 17. 2. 2006), University of Dundee (1. 2. 2006), Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM, Rotterdam, 1. 3. 2004), Tinbergen Seminar “Institution and Decision Analysis” (CREED, Amsterdam, 7. 3. 2003), European Central Bank (Frankfurt, 3. 7. 2002), Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung von Wirtschaftssystemen (Jena, 27. 7. 2002), Österreichische Nationalbank (Wien, 11. 5. 2001), CERGE-EI (Prag, 6. 12. 2001), ZiF Making Choices (Bielefeld, 29. 6. 2000), UPF (Barcelona, 15. 5. 2000), ENDEAR Summerschool (Bari, 10. 9. 1999), HU Berlin (7. 7. 1999), Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung (Berlin, 8. 7. 1999), UPF (Barcelona, 12. 1. 1999), Universidad de Alicante (17. 1. 1996), European University Institute (15. 12. 1994).

Presentations given on conferences and workshops:

2017: Sozialwissenschaftlicher Ausschuss des Vereins für Socialpolitik (Göttingen), JITE Konferenz 2017 “Empirical Methods for the Law” (Syrakus); 2015: CESifo Area Conference on Behavioural Economics, Sozialwissenschaftlicher Ausschuss des Vereins für Socialpolitik (Berlin); 2013: CESifo Area Conference on Behavioural Economics, Verein für Socialpolitik (Düsseldorf); 2012: CESifo Area Conference on Behavioural Economics; 2011: CESifo Area Conference on Behavioural Economics, Sozialwissenschaftlicher Ausschuss des Vereins für Socialpolitik (Erfurt), Gesellschaft für experimentelle Wirtschaftsforschung (Nürnberg); 2010: Opening workshop of mLab (Mannheim); 2009: Verein für Socialpolitik (Magdeburg), Sozialwissenschaftlicher Ausschuss des Vereins für Socialpolitik (Koblenz), Gesellschaft für experimentelle Wirtschaftsforschung (Essen); 2008: Gesellschaft für experimentelle Wirtschaftsforschung (Mannheim), Sozialwissenschaftlicher Ausschuss des Vereins für Socialpolitik (Frankfurt); 2007: Sozialwissenschaftlicher Ausschuss des Vereins für Socialpolitik (Magdeburg), Gesellschaft für experimentelle Wirtschaftsforschung (Goslar), Verein für Socialpolitik (München); 2006: ESEM/EEA (Wien), Verein für Socialpolitik (Bayreuth); 2005: Sozialwissenschaftlicher Ausschuss des Vereins für Socialpolitik (Graz), 5th ZEW Conference on the Economics of Information and Communication Technologies (Mannheim), Gesellschaft für experimentelle Wirtschaftsforschung (Köln), Verein für Socialpolitik (Bonn); 2004: Sozialwissenschaftlicher Ausschuss des Vereins für Socialpolitik (Graz), ESA (Amsterdam), Games (Marseille), ESEM/EEA (Madrid), Gesellschaft für experimentelle Wirtschaftsforschung (Prag); 2003: Sozialwissenschaftlicher Ausschuss des Vereins für Socialpolitik (Fribourg), ZEW Conference Information and Communication Technologies (Mannheim), ESA European Meeting (Erfurt), Verein für Socialpolitik (Zürich); 2002: Sozialwissenschaftlicher Ausschuss des Vereins für Socialpolitik: (Fribourg), GEW (Halle-Wittenberg), ZEW Conference Information and Communication Technologies (Mannheim), ESEM (Venedig); 2001: Verein für Socialpolitik (Magdeburg), GEW (Magdeburg), Sozialwissenschaftlicher Ausschuss des Vereins für Socialpolitik (Koblenz), ZEW ICT Conference (Mannheim); 2000: EEA (Bozen), Verein für Socialpolitik (Berlin), GEW (Magdeburg), ESA (New York), CEPR/DFG/ZEW (Mannheim); 1999: ESEM (Santiago de Compostella), Verein für Socialpolitik (Mainz), ESA (Grenoble), GEW (Wittenberg); 1998: ESEM (Berlin), Verein für Socialpolitik (Rostock), ESA (Mannheim), GEW (Dresden); 1997: ESA (Tuscon), Social Science Microsimulation (Dagstuhl); 1996: Workshop Evolutorische Ökonomik (Buchenbach); 1995: Social Science Microsimulation (Dagstuhl), EDP-Jamboree (Bonn); 1994: ESEM (Mastricht), Fifth Jerusalem Summer School in Economic Theory, Summer in Tel Aviv, EDP-Jamboree (LSE, London); 1993: EDP-Jamboree (DELTA, Paris).