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Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kube



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Postal Address:
Institut für angewandte Mikroökonomik
Adenauerallee 24 - 42
53113 Bonn
Office Address:
Kaiserstraße 1
53113 Bonn
Tel: +49 228 73-9240 (secretariat)


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University of Bonn Professor of Economics

MPI Senior Research Fellow

IZA Research Fellow


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Main Research Interests

My recent research interests cover factors that shape the cooperation in groups and their application to working teams – in particular how these factors interact with social motives of the team members. In general, I am using experimental methods to explore research questions from the fields of labor economics, personnel economics, public economics and law.


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Curriculum Vitae

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since 2010 Affiliated Researcher, Center for Economics and Neuroscience, Bonn
since 2009 Professor for Behavioral Economics and Vice Director of the BonnEconLab, University of Bonn
since 2007 Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute, Bonn
2002-2007 Dr.rer.pol.(Doctorate in Economics), University of Karlsruhe
2003-2007 Research and Teaching assistant, Departement of Economics, Karlsruhe
2003-2006 Affiliated Researcher for a project funded by the DFG, Bonn
2002-2003 Research assistant for different projects. One funded by the BMBF and one in the Centre for European Integration Studies in Bonn
1997-2002 Diplom-Volkswirt (diploma in economics), University of Bonn


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Working Papers

Choosing Your Object of Benevolence:
A Field Experiment on Donation Options (with Bodo Aretz)
The benefits of latent payback in social dilemmas
(with Andreas Glöckner and Andreas Nicklisch)
On Probation – An experimental analysis
(with Christoph Engel, Heike Hennig-Schmidt and Bernd Irlenbusch)
Elections and Deceptions
(with Luca Corazzini and Michel André Maréchal)
Do Wage Cuts Damage Work Morale? Evidence from a Natural Field
Experiment (with Clemens Puppe and Michel André Maréchal)
The Currency of Reciprocity– Cash, Perks and Workers’ Motivation in the Field.
(with Clemens Puppe and Michel André Maréchal)

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The interaction of legal and and social norm enforcement (with Christian Traxler)
(forthcoming) Journal of Public Economic Theory
Treating Equals Unequally – Incentives, Motivation and ProductionTechnology in Teams. (with Sebastian Goerg and Ro’i Zultan)
(forthcoming) Journal of Labor Economics
Leading with(out) sacrifice? A Public-Goods Experiment with a Super-Additive Player. (with Andreas Glöckner, Bernd Irlenbusch, Andreas Nicklisch and Hans-Theo Normann) forthcoming in Economic Inquiry
(When and How) Do Voters Try to Manipulate? Experimental Evidence from Borda Elections. (with Clemens Puppe). Public Choice (2009) Public Choice, Vol. 139 (1), 39ff
Two are better than One! Individuals’ Contributions to “Unpacked” Public Goods. (with Michele Bernasconi, Luca Corazzini and Michel André Maréchal). forthcoming in Economics Letters
When Equality is Unfair – Reciprocity and Payment Modes in a Principal-Multi-Agent Experiment. (with Johannes Abeler, Steffen Altman and Matthias Wibral). (forthcoming) Journal of the European Economic Association
Behavioural Finance meets Experimental Macroeconomics – On the Determinants of Currency Trade Decisions. (with Johannes Kaiser).
(2009) Journal of Behavioral Finance, Vol. 10 (1), 44-54.

Experimental Evidence on the Benefits of Eliminating Exchange Rate Uncertainties (with Reinhard Selten, Jürgen von Hagen and Robin Pope). (2008) Indian Journal of Economics and Business, Vol. 7 (1), 1-31.

Experiments and Simulations on Day-to-Day Route Choice-Behaviour.
(with Reinhard Selten, Michael Schreckenberg, Thomas Pitz and Thorsten Chmura). (2007) Games and Economic Behavior, Vol. 58 (2), 394-406.

Testing (Beliefs about) Social Preferences : Evidence from an Experimental Coordination Game (with Clemens Puppe, Thomas Pitz and Thorsten Chmura). (2005) Economics Letters, Vol. 88 (2), 214-220.

Selten, Reinhard, Michael Schreckenberg, Sebastian Kube et al. (2004):
Experimental Investigation of Day-to-Day Route-Choice Behaviour and Network Simulations of Autobahn Traffic in North Rhine-Westphalia, in: Human Behaviour and Traffic Networks, M.Schreckenberg, R.Selten (eds.), Berlin-Heidelberg-New York : Springer Verlag


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