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Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kube



Contact Information

Institute for Applied Microeconomics
Adenauerallee 24–42
53113 Bonn
Visitor address:
Lennéstraße 43
53113 Bonn
Phone: 49 228 73-9238 (secretariat)
Fax: +49 228 73-9239


Office hours by arrangement via email


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MPI Senior Research Fellow

IZA Research Fellow

CENs Affiliated Researcher

BonnEconLab Vice Director


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Main Research Interests

I am interested in the importance of other-regarding preferences for economic behavior. In general, I am using field and laboratory experiments to explore corresponding research questions from the areas of personnel and labor economics, public economics and law. My current research mainly focuses on the following two fields:

  • Incentives and Motivation (not only) at the Workplace

  • Cooperation, Sanctions and Norms

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Curriculum Vitae

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Working Papers

  • "Cooperation and Redistribution: Does "Bundling" Foster Institution Formation?", joint work with Sebastian Schaube
  • "Goals (th)at Work", joint work with Sebastian Goerg
  • "Communication and Trust in Principal-Team Relationships: Experimental Evidence", joint work with Marco Kleine IZA Discussion Paper No. 8762, 2015
  • "Can We Manage First Impressions in Cooperation Problems? An Experimental Study on "Broken (and Fixed) Windows"", joint work with Christoph Engel, and Michael Kurschilgen, Preprint of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods 2011/05

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • "The effectiveness of incentive schemes in the presence of implicit effort cost." (with Sebastian Goerg, and Jonas Radbruch), Management Science, forthcoming
  • "Cooperation and Norm Enforcement: The Individual-Level Perspective." (with Felix Albrecht, and Christian Traxler), Journal of Public Economics, 2018, Vol. 165, pp. 1-16.
  • "Peer-Punishment in a Cooperation and a Coordination Game" (with Felix Albrecht), Games, 2018, Vol. 9 (3), 54.
  • "The joint benefits of observed and unobserved social sanctions." (with Andreas Glockner, and Andreas Nicklisch), Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 2018, Vol. 75, pp. 105 - 116
  • "Leadership Effectiveness and Institutional Frames" (with Gerrit Frackenpohl, and Adrian Hillenbrand), Experimental Economics, 2016, Vol. 19, pp. 842 - 863
  • "Institution Formation and Cooperation with Heterogeneous Agents" (with Sebastian Schaube, Hannah Schildberg-Horisch, and Elina Khachatryan), European Economic Review, 2015, Vol. 78, pp. 248 - 268
  • "On Probation – An experimental analysis" (with Christoph Engel, Heike Hennig-Schmidt and Bernd Irlenbusch), Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 2015, 12(2), 252-288.
  • "Mitigating Extortive Corruption? Experimental Evidence" (with Elina Khachatryan and Björn Vollan), Journal of Economics and Statistics, 2015, 235/2, 228-241.
  • "Can higher rewards lead to less effort? Incentive reversal in teams" (with Esteban Klor, Eyal Winter, and Ro’i Zultan), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2014, 97, 72-83.  
  • "Elections and Deceptions" (with Luca Corazzini, Michel André Maréchal, and Antonio Nicolo), American Journal of Political Science, 2014, 58(3), 579-592.
  • "First Impressions are more Important than Early Intervention: Qualifying Broken Windows Theory in the Lab" (with Christoph Engel et al.), International Review of Law and Economics, 2014, 37,126-136.
  • "Choosing Your Object of Benevolence: A Field Experiment on Donation Options" (with Bodo Aretz), Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2013, 115(1), 62-73.
  • "Do Wage Cuts Damage Work Morale? Evidence from Natural Field Experiment" (with Clemens Puppe and Michel André Maréchal), Journal of the European Economic Association, 2013, 11(4), 853-870.
  • "The Currency of Reciprocity - Gift-Exchange in the Workplace" (with Clemens Puppe and Michel André Maréchal), American Economic Review, 2012, 102(4), 1644-1662.
  • "Equity and Efficiency in Multi-Worker Firms - Insights from Experimental Economics" (with Johannes Abeler, Steffen Altmann, Sebastian J. Goerg and Matthias Wibral), Analyse und Kritik, 2011, Vol. 33(1), 325-347.
  • "Treating Equals Unequally – Incentives in Teams, Workers' Motivation, and Production Technology." (with Sebastian Goerg and Ro’i Zultan), Journal of Labor Economics, 2010, Vol. 28(4), 747-772.
  • "Gift Exchange and Workers' Fairness Concerns: When Equality is Unfair" (with Johannes Abeler, Steffen Altmann and Matthias Wibral), Journal of the European Economic Association, 2010, Vol 8(6), 1299-1324.
  • "Leading with(out) sacrifice? A Public-Goods Experiment with a Privileged Player." (with Andreas Glöckner, Bernd Irlenbusch, Andreas Nicklisch and Hans-Theo Normann), Economic Inquiry, 2011, Vol. 49(2), 591-597.
  • "The interaction of legal and and social norm enforcement." (with Christian Traxler), Journal of Public Economic Theory, 2011, Vol.13(5), 639-660.
  • "Two are better than One! Individuals’ Contributions to “Unpacked” Public Goods." (with Michele Bernasconi, Luca Corazzini and Michel André Maréchal), Economics Letters, 2009, Vol. 104(1), 31-33.
  • "(When and How) Do Voters Try to Manipulate? Experimental Evidence from Borda Elections." (with Clemens Puppe), Public Choice, 2009, Vol. 139 (1), 39-52.
  • "Behavioral Finance meets Experimental Macroeconomics – On the Determinants of Currency Trade Decisions." (with Johannes Kaiser), Journal of Behavioral Finance, 2009, Vol. 10(1), 44-54.
  • "Experimental Evidence on the Benefits of Eliminating Exchange Rate Uncertainties" (with Reinhard Selten, Jürgen von Hagen and Robin Pope), Journal of Economics and Business, 2008, Vol. 7(1), 1-31.
  • "Commuters' Route Choice Behaviour" (with Reinhard Selten, Michael Schreckenberg, Thomas Pitz and Thorsten Chmura), Games and Economic Behavior, 2007, Vol. 58(2), 394-406.
  • "Testing (Beliefs about) Social Preferences : Evidence from an Experimental Coordination Game" (with Clemens Puppe, Thomas Pitz and Thorsten Chmura), Economics Letters, 2005, Vol. 88(2), 214-220.


Book Articles

  • Goerg Sebastian, Kube Sebastian (2010): The equity principle in employment relationships, in: The Selten School of Behavioral Economics - A Collection of Essays in Honor of Reinhard Selten, in: Ockenfels A., Sadrieh A. (eds.), Berlin Heidelberg-New York: Springer, pp. 204-219.
  • Selten, Reinhard, Michael Schreckenberg, Sebastian Kube et al. (2004): Experimental Investigation of Day-to-Day Route-Choice Behaviour and Network Simulations of Autobahn Traffic in North Rhine-Westphalia, in: Human Behaviour and Traffic Networks, M.Schreckenberg, R.Selten (eds.), Berlin-Heidelberg-New York : Springer, pp.1-22.

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The courses I'm currently teaching can be found on Basis.


If you are interested in supervision of bachelor or master theses, I kindly ask you to apply via email. Please include a transcript of records and a brief description of what you like to work on. For more information concerning the regular requirements, please see this link (Bachelor) or this link (Master) at the examination office.

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