The Alfred-Weber-Institute houses the University of Heidelberg Economics Department. The department is part of the Faculty of Economics & Social Sciences, which also includes the departments of Political Science and Sociology.
Public Lecture Series on Globalization
During the winter term 2016, the Research Center for Distributional Conflict and Globalization hosts a weekly public lecture series on "The End of Globalization? Understanding Challenges to International Cooperation" (organized by Andreas Fuchs and Sebastian Ziaja). Scholars and policymakers will present their view on globalization covering foreign aid, trade, the Brexit, and the refugee crisis, among others. Information can be found here.
New Assistant Professors
The AWI welcomes two new assistant professors. Isabel Marcin joined the team of Christoph Vanberg at the Chair for Public Finance, coming from the Max-Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn. Her research will focus on experimental and behavioral analyses of institutions of collective decision making. Florian Diekert joined the AWI as a Junior Professor for common property resource economics, coming from the University of Oslo. Florian’s research is supported by an ERC Starting Grant. Information on Florian’s ERC project can be found here.
New Junior Professorship
Fabian Krüger has accepted the offer to take over the Junior Professorship Empirical Economics (Volkswirtschaftslehre mit dem Schwerpunkt Empirische Wirtschaftsforschung) starting with the winter term 2016/17. Information on Fabian’s research can be found here.
Christina Gathmann was appointed to the Editorial Panel of the Journal "Economic Policy" for the period 2017-2018. More information can be found here.
International Ranking of Economics Departments
The 2016 Tilburg University Economics Schools Research Ranking puts the Alfred-Weber-Institute on rank 120 worldwide. The ranking is based on publications in the most prestigious international economics journals in the period 2011 through 2015, and does not discount for department size. Among the 76 ranked German universities, the Alfred-Weber-Institute is ranked 7th. More information on the ranking can be found here.
Marsilius Symposium on Dynamic Decision Making
On June 10, Jürgen Eichberger (AWI), Klaus Fiedler (Psychology) and Knut Schnell (Psychiatry) organized a Marsilius Symposium on "Quantity of Information and Quality of Decisions." International researchers presented their research on the question of how decisions evolve dynamically in the presence of uncertainty when people can collect information. The workshop complemented the three organizers’ Marsilius Fellowship. More information on the topic can be found on the organizers’ website.
Scientific Board: Society for Experimental Finance
Stefan Trautmann has been elected to the scientific board of the Society for Experimental Finance. More information on activities of the society can be found here.
Development Economics and Policy Conference 2016
Axel Dreher and Stefan Klonner organize the 2016 Development Economics and Policy Conference of the German Economic Association’s Research Group on Development Economics. The conference takes place in Heidelberg on June 3-4. Details on the program can be found here.
Marine Environmental Protection
Timo Goeschl has been appointed to the Expert Working Group on Marine Geoengineering at the UN International Maritime Organisation, London. IMO is the United Nations' specialized agency responsible for safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.
QS Ranking of Economics Departments
In the 2016 QS ranking of economics departments, the University of Heidelberg moved up into the group of the best 150 universities worldwide. In Germany, it shares ranks with HU Berlin, FU Berlin, and the University of Frankfurt, following the Universities of Mannheim, Munich and Bonn. More information on the ranking can be found here.
9th HeiKaMaX Workshop
On April 12, the 9th HeiKaMaX Workshop took place at the Alfred-Weber-Institute. The workshop brings together experimental economists from the Universities of Heidelberg, Mannheim and Karlsruhe. The workshop included work on carbon offsetting, ethical decisions and social behavior, and group decision making, among others. Details can be found here.
Research Visit at Northwestern University
Karin Loch obtained a grant to visit Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in the period March to June 2016. She will work on The effects of macroeconomic news on the term structure of VIX Futures, joint work with Christian Conrad (AWI) and her host Torben Andersen.
HeiKaMEtrics Doctoral Workshop
On February 18, the second HeiKaMEtrics Doctoral Workshop took place at the Alfred-Weber-Institute (Seminarraum, Bergheimer Straße 20). The workshop is regularely organized by Christian Conrad (Heidelberg University), Melanie Schienle (KIT) and Carsten Trenkler (University of Mannheim). Please see the programm of the 2nd Workshop.
Marsilius Fellowship awarded to Zeno Enders
Zeno Enders has been awarded a Marsilius Fellowship for the class of 2016. He will work together with experimental physicist Rüdiger Klingeler on an interdisciplinary project entitled ‘Interactions and dynamics in complex systems: External influences in magnetism and macroeconomics.’
Public Perceptions of Climate Engineering
Together with coauthors at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, AWI researcher Gert Pönitzsch investigated public perceptions of stratospheric sulfate injection, a climate engineering technology that may quickly cool atmospheric temperatures. A survey conducted with German households showed that laboratory research on the technology is broadly approved, but field research is not. People hold strong ethical concerns against the technology, believing that humans should not manipulate nature by injecting aerosols into the stratosphere. Detailed results are published in the journal Climatic Change.
Associate Editorship Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance
As of January 2016, Stefan Trautmann has been appointed as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance.