Research Interests

My current research focuses on two broad areas: Heterogeneity of economic agents and “context” effects.
Other topics I have been working on are discrimination on the labour market, public good games and trust.
Below you find descriptions of each of my main research topics and some downloadable working papers. On the right side you can see with whom I am mainly working.

We study heterogeneity in many different respects: It all started with my PhD research on discrimination in the labor market. Through this I got interested in gender differences, which I studied in different projects, focusing on tournament entry and behavior in economic games. Later, in a joint project with Yoshio Iida, we got interested in intercultural differences, and we are still working on this topic.
More recently, I started to study personality differences and how they affect behavior in economic games. We use not only the most famous Big Five personality scales but also more specific scales for, e.g., approach-avoidance behavior, achievement motivation etc.
In a larger project funded by the initiative of excellence we study age difference in economic decision making. The project on climate change also looks at heterogeneity with respect to age, but with a focus on climate change management decisions.

Context effects
a) Stress
In a recent DFG-financed project with Christian Fiebach and Brigitte Kudielka we study how stress influences economic decision making and how economically relevant situations can evoke stress.

b) Framing
I got interested in framing effects when a seemingly easy project didn't turn out the way we expected.  We had planned to replicate framing experiments with public good games and study how parameter changes interact with the framing effects. We could, however, not that easily replicate the framing effects. This started a series of experiments I am still working on, where we try to establish the limits and mediating factors of framing effects.

Other projects
Economists usually view competition as something positive, a tool to reach efficiency and spur employees to high effort level. Public opinion however sometimes has a different view: Competition means stress, exhaustion and extreme pressure for workers. In a series of experiments, we analyse the "side effects" of competition - on cheating, trust, and other variables.


For data, see the AWI Experimental Economics data repository



New Publication:

  • Ceccato, Smarandita, Christiane Schwieren and Brigitte M. Kudielka (2016): Increased risk taking in relation to chronic stress in young adults, in Frontiers in Neuroscience 6:2036
  • Schwieren, Christiane and Andreas Voss, (2015) The Dynamics of Motivated Perception: Effects of Control and Status on the Perception of Ambivalent Stimuli,  in Cognition and Emotion, 29(8), 1411-1423.


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