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Prof. Dr. Bettina Rockenbach

Prof. Dr. Bettina Rockenbach - Experimental and Behavioral Economics

Research focuses

Social norm compliance, Common pool resource management, Social responsibility

Current positions

  • Since 2018 Member of the Executive Council of Verein für Sozialpolitik
  • Since 2017 Director of the Reinhard Selten Institute
  • Since 2015 First Prorector and Prorector for Research and Innovation of the Uni. of Cologne
  • Since 2013 Member of the National Academy of Science Leopoldina
  • Since 2011 Professor for Experimental and Behavioral Economics at the Uni. of Cologne

Curriculum vitae

  • 2012 - 2015 Vice-Dean for Research and Young Academics at the University of Cologne
  • 2010 - 2011 Head of the Sozialwissenschaftlichen Ausschusses im Verein für Socialpolitik and member of the extended board of the Verein für Socialpolitik
  • 2008 - 2011 Vice-President for Research and Young Academics at the University of Erfurt
  • 2006 - 2008 Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Law, and Social Sciences at the Uni. Erfurt
  • 2004 - 2008 European Vice-President of the Economic Science Association (ESA)
  • 2000 - 2011 Professor for Microeconomics and Industrial Organization at the Uni. of Erfurt
  • 1999 - 2000 Visiting Professor at the CentER for Economic Research, Tilburg University, NL
  • 1999 Habilitation in economics at the University of Bonn
  • 1995 - 1999 Assistant Professor at the University of Bonn
  • 1995 Heinz-Sauermann-Award for the best dissertation of the years 1993/1994 by the Gesellschaft für experimentelle Wirtschaftsforschung (GEW)
  • 1994 - 1995 Consultant at Prof. Dr. Feilmeier & Junker, Munich 
  • 1993 PhD in economics at the University of Bonn (supervisor Prof. Dr. Reinhard Selten)
  • 1992 - 1993 Visiting Associate at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA 
  • 1988 - 1993 Research Assistant of Prof. Dr. Reinhard Selten, University of Bonn
  • 1988 Diploma in mathematics at the University of Bonn

Selected publications

  • Evasive Lying in Strategic Communication, Journal of Public Economics, 2017, 156, 59-72 (Kiryl Khalmetski, Bettina Rockenbach, Peter Werner).
  • Altruistic punishment does not increase with the severity of norm violations in the field, Nature Communications, 2016, 7, 13327 (Loukas Balafoutas, Nikos Nikiforakis, Bettina Rockenbach).
  • The competitive advantage of honesty, European Economic Review, 2016, 89, 407-424 (Mark Pigors & Bettina Rockenbach).
  • Consumer Social Responsibility, Management Science, 2016, 3123-3137 (Mark Pigors & Bettina Rockenbach).
  • On Cooperation in Open Communities, Journal of Public Economics, 2014, 120, 220-230 (Özgür Gürerk, Bernd Irlenbusch, Bettina Rockenbach).
  • Direct and indirect punishment among strangers in the field, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 2014, 111/45, 15924-15927 (Loukas Balafoutas, Nikos Nikiforakis, Bettina Rockenbach).
  • Measuring Lying Aversion, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2013, Vol. 93, 293-300 (Uri Gneezy, Bettina Rockenbach, Marta Serra-Garcia).
  • To qualify as a social partner humans hide severe punishment though their observed cooperativeness is decisive, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America (PNAS), 2011, 105/45, 18307-18312 (Bettina Rockenbach und Manfred Milinski).
  • Monitoring in Teams: Using Laboratory Experiments to Study a Theory of the Firm, Journal of the European Economic Association, 2011, 9, 785–816 (Stefan Große, Louis Putterman, Bettina Rockenbach).
  • In Search of Workers’ Real Effort Reciprocity – A Field and a Laboratory Experiment, Journal of the European Economic Association, 2010, 8, 817–837 (Heike Hennig-Schmidt, Abdolkarim Sadrieh, Bettina Rockenbach).
  • Egalitarism in Young Children, Nature, 2008, 454, 1079-1084 (Ernst Fehr, Helen Bernhard, Bettina Rockenbach).
  • Spying on Others Evolves, Science, 2007, 317/5837, 464-465 (Manfred Milinski und Bettina Rockenbach). 
  • The efficient interaction of indirect reciprocity and costly punishment, Nature, 2006, 444, 718-723 (Bettina Rockenbach und Manfred Milinski). 
  • The Competitive Advantage of Sanctioning Institutions, Science, 2006, 312/5770, 108-111 (Özgür Gürerk, Bernd Irlenbusch, Bettina Rockenbach).
  • An Experimental Test of Design Alternatives for the British 3G / UMTS Auction, European Economic Review, 2005, 49, 503-530 (Klaus Abbink, Bernd Irlenbusch, Paul Pezanis-Christou, Bettina Rockenbach, Abdolkarim Sadrieh, Reinhard Selten).
  • Detrimental Effects of Sanctions on Human Altruism, Nature, 2003, 422, 137-140 (Ernst Fehr und Bettina Rockenbach).