Gerhard Riener

Assistant Professor of Experimental Economics

DICE Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf


Es ist nicht genug zu wissen, man muss auch anwenden; es ist nicht genug zu wollen, man muss auch tun

I am assistant professor of experimental economics at DICE, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. My research interests include experimental methods in economics, field experiments in labor, education economics and the economics of charitable giving. I also conduct laboratory experiments to investigate human biases in decision making.

For participating in our lab experiments, you can sign up to our lab DICE Lab.


  • Experimental Economics
  • Economics of Charitable Giving
  • Labour Economics


  • PhD in Economics, 2010

    University of Essex

  • Diploma in Economics and Econometrics, 2005

    Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna

  • MA Economics, 2003

    University of Vienna



Junior Professor

Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf

Apr 2014 – Present Germany
Responsibilities include:

  • Research
  • Teaching

Acting Chair

University of Mannheim

Apr 2014 – Mar 2016 Germany
Teaching and Re search


University of Jena and MPI Jena

Apr 2010 – Mar 2012 Germany


with available working papers

Self-Selection and Treatment Assignment in Field Experiments

Self-selection and unbalanced treatment assignment are two major concerns in experimental evaluations as they compromise the validity …

Investment and Opportunity Costs in Bargaining

How do people deal with outside options in bargaining situations?

Household Bargaining in Egypt

The equal distribution of decision-making powers has been declared as a goal for development itself. Many crucial decisions that …

Higher order risk preferences

Can higher order risk preferences predict saving among the poor in Bogota

Sorting into risky jobs

with Marcela Ibanez and Kerstin Grosch Violent conflicts have negative effects on prosperity and development. Reconstruction efforts …

Gender and Leadership

Revise and resubmit European Economic Review ocieties that set norms restraining opportunistic behavior can escape the tragedy of …

Social Context and Moral Decisions

Moral decisions are often not taken in isolation but within a social context. This paper tests the effect of social context on moral …

Focusing effects and time discounting

revise and resubmit (2nd round) Review of Economic Studies In many intertemporal decisions, the benefit of an action is concentrated in …

Hidden Cost of Control in the Field

How do teachers react when they are under scrutiny, and what has this to do with reciprocity

Recent & Upcoming Talks

The hidden cost of violent conflict

Teaching Microeconomics

Taking on power to punish

The Hidden Cost of Violent Conflict

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