Welcome

I am assistant professor of economics at the University of Konstanz. I am also affiliated to the University of Zurich. Below you can browse my publications. Contact details are at the bottom. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments or requests.

Here is a link to my [CV].

See here for [teaching].
 

Research Interests
 
My research interests lie in the fields of public, organizational, and behavioral economics. I apply game theory and experiments (lab and field) to address my research questions.

Currently, my research agenda focuses on decision making and communication in groups (such as, committees or cartels) and the design of effective poverty alleviation policies for developing countries.
 

Working Papers [with abstracts]

Honesty and Self-Selection into Cheap Talk (with Urs Fischbacher and Maik T. Schneider), R&R at EJ, [link].

Buying Supermajorities in the Lab (with Maik T. Schneider), R&R at GEB, [link].

Negotiating Cooperation under Uncertainty: Communication in Noisy, Indefinitely Repeated Interactions (with Fabian Dvorak), [link].
 

Publications [with abstracts]

Refereed Journals

How Transparency Kills Information Aggregation: Theory and Experiment (with Niall Hughes), American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 10, 181-209, 2018, [link] [WP].

Choosing a Partner for Social Exchange: Charitable Giving as a Signal of Trustworthiness (with Wojtek Przepiorka), Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 129, 157-171, 2016, [link] [WP].

Pro-Social Missions and Worker Motivation: An Experimental Study (with Michael Kosfeld), Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 100, 99-110, 2014, [link] [WP].

Can You Trust the Good Guys? Trust Within and Between Groups with Different Missions (with Michael Kosfeld), Economics Letters, 121, 400-404, 2013, [link] [WP].

Charitable Giving as a Signal of Trustworthiness: Disentangling the Signaling Benefits of Altruistic Acts (with Wojtek Przepiorka), Evolution & Human Behavior (Impact Factor: 3.383), 34, 139-145, 2013, [link] [WP].

The Effectiveness of Inputs in Primary Education: Insights from Recent Student Surveys for Sub-Saharan Africa (with Katharina Michaelowa and Annika Wechtler), Journal of Development Studies, 45, 1545-1578, 2009, [link].

Other

Education Marginalization in Sub-Saharan Africa (with Katharina Michaelowa), background paper for the 2010 UNESCO EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2009, [link].

Schule in Afrika, VDM, 2008.
 

Randomized Controlled Trials

Mistargeting of Social Pensions in Bangladesh: Understanding the Causes and Designing Effective Remedies, (status: pilot completed).

Mentoring for Disadvantaged Youths in Colombia: Evaluating Impacts on Labor Market and Health Outcomes, (status: pilot running).
 

Workshops and Conferences

Behavioral Decision-Making, Konstanz, 2018, [Program].

Political Economy: Theory Meets Empirics, London, 2018, [Program]; (programs of previous years: [Konstanz 2017], [Bath 2016], [Konstanz 2015], [Zurich 2014]).

Organizational Economics, Konstanz, 2018, [Program].

Thurgau Experimental Economics Meeting (theem), Kreuzlingen, 2018, [Program]; (program of previous year: [Kreuzlingen 2017].

Repeated Games: Theory and Experiments, Konstanz, 2017, [Program].
 

Contact

Electronic

Email: sebastian.fehrler@uni.kn; sebastian.fehrler@uzh.ch
Phone: +49 7531 88 3214
Web: [UKN] [UZH] [IZA]

Snail Mail

University of Konstanz
Box 131
D-78457 Konstanz