Since October 2016, I work on my DFG-funded research project titled "Crowdfunding: an alternative financing option for entrepreneurs and creators?".
Generally, my research is about pro-social behaviour. From a theoretical perspective I strive to shed more light on the actual drivers of pro-social behaviour. In particular, I am interested in approaches that go beyond a mere focus on outcomes, by considering aspects like reciprocity, moral emotions, self-, and social-image concerns. On a more applied level I am interested in ways pro-social behaviour can have a positive impact in actual markets, especially electronic ones.
This promises to be particularly interesting when moral hazard complicates the market allocation. Voluntary components can then lead to better second-best results than incentive systems. Hence, I analyse the effect of voluntary payments in labour markets, for consumption, and in finance.
I am associated with the chair for Empirical and Experimental Economics of Prof. Oliver Kirchkamp at the University of Jena. Before I used to be a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Economics.