Chair of Applied Research in Economics

Prof. Dr. Urs Fischbacher

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Dr. Irenaeus Wolff










University of Konstanz

Department of Economics

Chair of Applied Research in Economics

Dr. Irenaeus Wolff

Box 131

Universitätsstrasse 10

D- 78457 Konstanz


+49 (0) 7531-88-5123






Office Hours



F 313


by appointment (email)


Experimental & Behavioural Economics, Models of bounded rationality, Behavioural public choice, Evolution of institutions and cooperation, evolutionary biology


Curriculum Vitae Download


Dissertation on "Stress-testing the punishment solution: sanctions and performance in public-good games" (s.c.l.), University of Erfurt, 2010

Diplom (German equivalent to a Master) in Economics, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, 2007

Master of International Relations, Macquarie University Sydney, 2006

Baccalaureus Oeconomicus, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, 2004

Studies abroad at St.Petersburg State University, at the faculties of applied mathematics and economics, 2003-04

Zivildienst (Alternative national service), Evangelische Akademie Nordelbien (Bad Segeberg), 2001

High School, A-levels: Friedrich-Engels-Gymnasium, Berlin 2000


"Elicited Salience and Salience-Based Level-k", Economics Letters, 141: 134--137 (2016).

"Designing Institutions for Social Dilemmas", with Bettina Rockenbach, German Economic Review, 17(3): 316--336 (2016).

"Incentive Effects of Funding Contracts: An Experiment", with J.Philipp Reiss, Experimental Economics, 17(4): 586--614 (2014).

"Does being elected increase subjective entitlements? Evidence from the laboratory", with Arne R. Weiss, Economics Bulletin, 33(1): 794--796 (2013).

"Retaliation and the Role for Punishment in the Evolution of Cooperation", Journal of Theoretical Biology, 315: 128--138 (2012).

"On the nature of reciprocity: evidence from the Ultimatum Reciprocity Measure", with Andreas Nicklisch, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 84(3): 892--905 (2012).

"Cooperation norms in multiple-stage punishment", with Andreas Nicklisch, Journal of Public Economic Theory, 13(5): 791--827 (2011).

"The limited power of voting to limit power", with Hong Geng and Arne R. Weiss, Journal of Public Economic Theory, 13(5): 695--719 (2011).

Work in Progress

"On the establishment of enforcement traditions", with Urs Fischbacher

"Funding of entrepreneurs: an experiment on contract choice", with J.Philipp Reiss

"Incentives and Random Answers in Post-Experimental Questionnaires", with Lisa Bruttel

"When will punishment work? Situational determinants of the performance of sanction mechanisms", with Urs Fischbacher

"Efficiency effects of punishment and rewards when they are truly comparable", with Konstantin v. Hesler and Urs Fischbacher

"The negative effects of having a second chance", with Mareike Hoffmann and Abdolkarim Sadrieh

"The Effects of Retake Opportunities on Performance: Final Exams in Law Studies as an Example", with Thomas Dimpfl

Conferences, Presentations and Invited Talks

Association for Public Economic Theory (APET, Lyon 2009 Workshop on "Public Economics: Theoretical and Experimental Approaches", Istanbul 2010 World Meeting), Economic Science Association (ESA, Rome 2007 World Meeting, Innsbruck 2009 European Meeting, Copenhague 2010 World Meeting, Luxemburg 2011 European Meeting, Cologne 2012 European Meeting, Zurich 2013 World Meeting, Prague 2014 European Meeting, Heidelberg 2015 European Meeting), World Congress of the Game Theory Society (GAMES, Maastricht 2016), German Society of Experimental Economics (GfEW, Magdeburg 2006, Mannheim 2008, Karlsruhe 2012, Helmstedt 2013, Passau 2014), International Conference on Social Dilemmas (ICSD, Zurich 2013), International Meeting on Experimental and Behavioral Economics (IMEBE, Alicante 2008), Maastricht Behavioral and Experimental Economics Symposium (M-BEES, 2011), Nordic Conference on Behavioral and Experimental Economics (NCBEE, Aarhus, 2014), Spring Meeting of Young Economists (SMYE, Lille 2008), Thurgau Experimental Economics Meeting (THEEM, 2011, 2012), UEA Behavioral Game Theory Workshop (2016)

Seminar presentations: Stockholm School of Economics (2008), University of Bonn (2009), Thurgauer Wirtschaftsinstitut (TWI, 2009), University of Vienna (2015), University of Innsbruck (2016), University of Nottingham (2016)


Summer 2016

Behavioural Economics (seminar, Master-programme), University of Konstanz

Winter 2015/2016

Behavioural Economics (lecture, Master-programme), University of Konstanz

Winter 2014/2015

Subjective Probability Judgements in Economic Games (seminar, PhD-programme), University of Konstanz

z-Tree course (with U. Fischbacher and K. Hesler), University of Konstanz

Winter 2013/2014

z-Tree course (with U. Fischbacher and K. Hesler), University of Konstanz

Summer 2013

Experimental Methods (lecture, Bachelor programme), University of Konstanz

Summer 2012

Strategic Behaviour in Simple Games (preparatory seminar for participants' BA-theses, with S. Schudy), University of Konstanz

Winter 2011/2012

Behavioural Institutional Design (strategy seminar, Master programme, with U. Fischbacher), University of Konstanz

Summer 2011

Evolution of Cooperation (lecture, Master programme), University of Konstanz

Winter 2010/2011

Behavioural Public Choice (lecture, Master & PhD-programme), University of Konstanz

Winter 2009/2010

Game Theory (tutorial, Master programme), University of Erfurt

Summer 2009

Seminar on Behavioral Public Choice, University of Erfurt

Winter 2008/2009

Game Theory (tutorial, Master programme), University of Erfurt

Summer 2008

Seminar on Behavioral Public Choice (with B. Rockenbach), University of Erfurt

Winter 2007/2008

Introduction to microeconomics (tutorial), University of Erfurt

Summer 2007

Strategy Seminar "social dilemma" (with B. Rockenbach), University of Erfurt