C-SEB Newsletter

Find out, what’s new at the Center for Social and Economic Behavior (C-SEB) – where researchers from economics, management science, and psychology investigate the principles and mechanisms of social and economic behavior.

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Grants & Awards


Portrait photo of Matthias HeinzC-SEB Principal Investigator and Spokesperson of the Cluster ECONtribute Matthias Heinz receives the prestigious ERC Starting Grant for his project “Managing People – How Employees’ Social Preferences Shape the Returns to Management Practices.” The project investigates how management practices affect employee performance in the context of social preferences. Excellent young researchers are funded with up to 1.5 million euros for a period of five years.

Portrait photo of Axel OckenfelsC-SEB Speaker Axel Ockenfels has been appointed as a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in the section “Economics and Empirical Social Sciences.”

The Leopoldina unites researchers from more than 30 countries with outstanding expertise in their respective fields. The appointment is considered one of the highest honors for scientists.


To encourage the pursuit of an academic career in the first place, C-SEB honors excellent master students for their overall academic achievements. Competition for the C-SEB Student Awards is tied to a master thesis in economic and/or psychological research.

The C-SEB Student Awards in our 13th funding round go to Kailyn Anne Smith (WiSo Faculty) and Johanna Woitzel (Faculty of Human Sciences). Congratulations!

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Kailyn Anne Smith | Master thesis “Does Losing Against Women Fuel Misogyny in Males?”

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Johanna Woitzel | Master thesis “Much Ado About Skew: Homophily in Equally Versus Differentially Extreme Samples of Conservatives and Progressives”

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A 2021 highlight was the C-SEB Talk by Susan Fiske from Princeton University “Are We Stuck With Stereotypes? – Diversity in the 21st Century.” – If you missed the talk, you can watch the recording on YouTube.

Find more C-SEB Talks here.

Poster for the C-SEB Talk by Susan Fiske on Dec 7, 2021.


Keep your fingers crossed that Corona will allow for us to invite our members to the next C-SEB Workshop in person on Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 at IN VIA. C-SEB External Advisory Board member Uri Gneezy from UC San Diego will join us and deliver the keynote.

The impressions from the last in-person workshop may give you a taste of what to expect:

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In 2021 and despite COVID complications, (at least) two of our C-SEB members traveled the world. Both junior researchers went to the US for research visits supported by C-SEB funds.

Photo of Harvard from PixabayRazi Farukh on his research visit with Ariel Stern at the Harvard Business School: “I had the great pleasure of receiving a C-SEB grant to finance my PhD research stay at the Harvard Business School in fall 2021. Researching at Harvard provided an excellent environment to advance my research projects, which focus on the economics of media and health care. My research stay is marked by plenty of lasting impressions. These range from extremely productive and helpful discussions and meetings with faculty members of the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School (in particular with Asim I. Khwaja) to joining inspiring seminars and events at Harvard and MIT to enjoying the stunning Indian summer in Boston, one of the oldest and historical cities in the US. Overall, both academically and personally, I enjoyed being in the Boston/Cambridge area, which is not only a venue for diverse communities around the globe but also one of the world’s greatest and exciting hubs of higher education, innovation, and entrepreneurship.”

Photo of Chicago bean from PixabayMaivand Sarin on his research visit with John List at the University of Chicago: “As a PhD candidate, I am driven by the question of how we can live together in a sustainable way without harming each other and the planet. After supporting my master thesis, C-SEB also helped finance one of my PhD projects on discrimination and, most recently, a research visit to the University of Chicago in the fall 2021. The visit as well as presenting my research at two conferences in Tucson and Houston provided me with valuable feedback. Additionally, I had the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge economic research in seminars, improve my understanding of the experimental method in workshops, and connect with talented peers and inspiring scholars. Besides the academic stimulation, road trips across the USA, exploring Chicago’s diverse communities, and living in Pullman, a historic neighborhood on Chicago’s underprivileged South Side, provided plenty of additional excitement.”

C-SEB offers funding for outgoing researchers (Visitor Program) and incoming/visiting researchers (International Fellowship Program). All C-SEB members are eligible to apply.

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KidsBox & Microphone System


Parents who bring their children to the university can borrow a KidsBox from C-SEB. There is one at each of the two main C-SEB locations: A green KidsBox in the SSC building and an orange KidsBox Mini in the Bauwens building. Contact us at c-seb@uni-koeln.de to borrow the KidsBox!


C-SEB also has acquired a RØDE Wireless GO II Microphone System with two small, high-quality, lightweight clip-on microphones. You can use them in combination with a computer or a camera – also for hybrid event formats. An introductory video can be found on YouTube. University staff is welcome to contact us at c-seb@uni-koeln.de to borrow the equipment!

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Selected Publications


Andre, P., Pizzinelli, C., Roth, C., & Wohlfart, J. (in press)

Subjective Models of the Macroeconomy: Evidence From Experts and Representative Samples. Review of Economic Studies.

Chowdhury, S., Sutter, M., & Zimmermann, K. F. (in press)

Economic Preferences across Generations and Family Clusters: A Large-scale Experiment in a Developing Country. Journal of Political Economy.

Dertwinkel-Kalt, M., Gerhardt, H., Riener, G., Schwerter, F. & Strang, L. (in press)

Concentration Bias in Intertemporal Choice. Review of Economic Studies.

Eriksson, K., Strimling, P., … Dorrough, A. R., Glöckner, A.,… Van Lange, P. A. M. (2021)

Perceptions of the Appropriate Response to Norm Violation in 57 Societies. Nature Communications, 12, 1481.

Ruessmann, J., & Unkelbach, C. (in press)

Rational Dictators in the Dictator Game Are Seen as Cold and Agentic but Not Intelligent. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Wingen, T., Berkessel, J. B., & Dohle, S. (in press)

Caution, Preprint! Brief Explanations Allow Non-Scientists To Differentiate Between Preprints and Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science.

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We are happy to answer all questions you may have regarding C-SEB:

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Phone: +49 (0)221 470-1146

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