Welcome

I am Professor of Economics at the University of Bremen, SOCIUM – Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy. 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].
 

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.

My research agenda focuses on decision-making and communication in groups (such as, committees or cartels), and the evaluation of social-policy interventions in the Global South.
 

Working Papers [with abstracts]

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

Committee Decision-Making under the Threat of Leaks (with Volker Hahn), [link].

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

Contacts Matter: Local Governance and the Targeting of Social Pensions in Bangladesh (with Viola Asri, Kumar Biswas, Urs Fischbacher, Katharina Michaelowa, and Atonu Rabbani), [link].

Beliefs about Others: A Striking Example of Information Neglect (with Baiba Renerte, and Irenaeus Wolff), [link].
 

Publications [with abstracts]

Refereed Journals

Delegation to a Group (with Moritz Janas), Management Science, forthcoming, [WP].

Honesty and Self-Selection into Cheap Talk (with Urs Fischbacher and Maik T. Schneider), The Economic Journal, forthcoming, [link] [WP].

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, 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

TV-Based Learning in Bangladesh: Is it Reaching Students? (with Kumar Biswas, T.M. Asaduzzaman, David K. Evans, Deepika Ramachandran, and Shwetlena Sabarwal), Word Bank Policy Brief, 2020, [link].

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

Improving State Capacity to Target Extreme Poverty: An Evaluation of a Randomized Intervention in Bangladesh (with Viola Asri, Kumar Biswas, Urs Fischbacher, Katharina Michaelowa, and Atonu Rabbani), status: pilot completed, [link].

Improving Equity in Education through Youth Mentoring: An Evaluation of a Randomized Intervention in Colombia (with Diego Amador, Diego Aycinena, Urs Fischbacher, Anna Hochleitner, Andrés Moya, and Guido Schwerdt), status: pilot completed, [link] [program website].
 

Workshops and Conferences

Political Economy: Theory Meets Empirics, Konstanz, 2019, [program]; (programs of previous years: [London 2018], [Konstanz 2017], [Bath 2016], [Konstanz 2015], [Zurich 2014]).

Thurgau Experimental Economics Meeting (theem), Kreuzlingen, 2019, [program]; (programs of previous years: [2018], [2017]).

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

Organizational Economics, Konstanz, 2018, [program].

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

Contact

Electronic

Phone: +49 421 218-58590
Email: sebastian.fehrler@uni-bremen.de
Web: [UniHB] [IZA]

 

Snail Mail

University of Bremen
SOCIUM
Mary-Somerville-Str. 5
D-28359 Bremen