Jun.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Riener

Assistant Professor

Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE)
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Universitätsstr. 1
40225 Düsseldorf

Building 24.31, Room 02.14
Tel.: 0211-81-10252

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Educational Background


PhD in Economics, University of Essex


Diploma in Economics and Econometrics, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna


Master in Economics, University of Vienna


ab 08/2016

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09/2014 - 07/206

Vertretungsprofessur Experimental Economics, Universität Mannheim

04/2010 - 03/2012

Postdic, GK EIC, Universität Jena

Representative Publications

  • "Better stuck together or free to go? On the stability of cooperation when individuals have outside options." (Alexia Gaudeul, Paolo Crosetto & Gerhard Riener). forthcoming: Journal of Economic Psychology
  • Sorting Through Affirmative Action (Marcela Ibanez  & Gerhard Riener) accepted: Journal of Labor Economics
  • Privacy Is Precious: On the Attempt of Lifting Anonymity on the Internet to Increase Revenue (Tobias Regner & Gerhard Riener). forthcoming: Journal of Economics and Management Strategy
  • Team Building and Hidden Costs of Control (Gerhard Riener & Simon Wiederhold). 2016: in Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 123: 1–18.
  • The Effect of Perceived Regional Accents on Individual Economic Behavior: A Lab Experiment on Linguistic Performance, Cognitive Ratings and Economic Decisions (Stephan Heblich, Alfred Lameli & Gerhard Riener). 2015: PLoS ONE 10 (2): e0113475
  • Pay- What-You-Want, Identity, and Self-Signaling in Markets (Ayelet Gneezy, Uri Gneezy, Gerhard Riener & Leif D. Nelson). 2012: PNAS 109 (19): 7236– 40.

Current Research

  • "Behavioral Economics in Schools" (Gerhard Riener & Valentin Wagner)
  • "Gender, Leadership and Affirmative Action in Matrilineal and Patriarchic societies" (Debosree Banerjee, Marcela Ibanez, Gerhard Riener & Meike Wollni)
  • "Ambiguous Communication"  (Marc LeQuement, Christian Kellner & Gerhard Riener)
  • The Economics of Charitable Giving and Fundraising (David Reinstein & Gerhard Riener)

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Labor Economics
  • Experimental Economics
  • Psychology
  • Development



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