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Prof. Dr. Thomas Dohmen



Contact Information

Institute for Applied Microeconomics
Adenauerallee 24-42 
53113 Bonn
Visitor address:
Lennéstraße 43
53113 Bonn
Tel: +49 228 73-9303 or +49 228 73-9238 (secretariat)


Office hours by arrangement via email


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RSI - Member of Executive Board; Spokesperson of the Cluster of Excellence ECONtribute: Markets & Public Policy

DIW - Research Professor

IZA - Project Coordinator

Maastricht University - Professor of Education and the Labour Market

Netspar - Research Fellow

ROA - Research Fellow

Scientific advisory board (ROA) - Chairman

HCEO - Network Member


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Main Research Interests

  • Behavioral Economics
  • Experimental Economics
  • Applied Microeconometrics
  • Life-Cycle Formation of Cognitive & Non-cognitive Skills
  • Psychology of Incentives
  • Personnel and Organizational Economics


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Curriculum Vitae

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Working Papers

Thomas Dohmen, Aarjan Non, Tom Stolp. Risk and Incentives: Agents' contract choice in risky environments. Revise and Resubmit, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organisation.
Thomas Dohmen, Arjan Non, Ingrid Rohde, Andries de Grip. Mission of the Company, prosocial attitudes and job preferences: a dicrete choice experiment. Revise and Resubmit, Labour Economics.
Thomas Dohmen, Simone Quercia, Jana Willrodt. Salience of own preferences and the consensus effect. Revise and Resubmit, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.
Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, Uwe Sunde. Interpreting Time Horizon Effects in Inter-Temporal Choice, IZA DP 6385.
Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, Uwe Sunde. Seemingly Irrelevant Events Affect Economic Perceptions and Expectations: The FIFA World Cup 2006 as a Natural Experiment, IZA DP 2275.

Thomas Dohmen. Promotions, Demotions and Corporate Employment Changes, paper prepared for presentation at the SOLE/EALE Second World conference 2005.

Thomas Dohmen, Simone Quercia, Jana Willrodt. Willingness to take risk: The role of risk conception and optimism, CRC TR 224 Discussion Paper No 023.

Thomas Dohmen, Hartmut Lehmann, Mikhail Ananyev. The Bonding Effect of Deferred Compensation: Worker Separations from a Large Firm in Early Transition Russia, IZA DP 13358

Thomas Dohmen, Bert van Landeghem. Numeracy an Unemployment Duration, IZA DP 12531


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Publications in International Journals

Armin Falk, Anke Becker, Thomas Dohmen, David Huffman, Uwe Sunde. The Preference Survey Module: A Validated Instrument for Measuring Risk, Time, and Social Preferences. Management Science, forthcoming.

Uwe Sunde, Thomas Dohmen, Benjamin Enke, Armin Falk, David Huffman, Gerrit Meyerheim. Patience and Comparative Development. Review of Economic Studies, forthcoming.


Stefania Bortolotti, Thomas Dohmen, Hartmut Lehmann, Frauke Meyer, Norberto Pignatti, Karine Torosyan (2021). Patience, Cognitive Abilities, and Cognitive Effort: Survey and Experimental Evidence from a Developing Country. American Behavioral Scientist, 65(11): 1512-1530.

Maria Zumbühl, Thomas Dohmen, Gerard Pfann (2021). Parental Investments and the Intergenerational Transmission of Economic Preferences and Attitudes. Economic Journal, 131(638):2642-2670.

Daniel Pollmann, Franz Palm, Thomas Dohmen (2020). Robust estimation of wage dispersion with censored data. An application to occupational earnings risk and risk attitudes. De Economist, 268: 519-540.

Ruben C. Aslan, Martin Brümmer, Johanna Drewelies, Ralph Hertwig, Gert G. Wagner, Thomas Dohmen (2020). How people know their risk preference. Scientifc Reports, 10(15365): 1-14.

Mark Bernard, Thomas Dohmen, Arjan Non, Ingrid Rohde (2019). Menus of contracts determine sorting patterns. Journal of Economic Psychology, 72: 293-311.

Armin Falk, Anke Becker, Thomas Dohmen, Benjamin Enke, David Huffman, Uwe Sunde (2018). Global Evidence on Economic Preferences. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 133(4): 1645-1692.

Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, Uwe Sunde (2018). On the Relationship Between Cognitive Ability and Risk Preference. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 32(2): 115-134.

Thomas Dohmen, Hendrik Sonnabend (2018). Further Field Evidence for Minimax Play. Journal of Sports Economics,19(3): 371-388.

Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, Bart Golsteyn, David Huffman, Uwe Sunde (2017). Risk Attitudes Across the Life Course, Economic Journal, 127 (605): F95-F116.

Uwe Sunde, Thomas Dohmen (2016). Aging and Preferences. Journal of the Economics of Ageing, 7: 64-68.

Raymond Montizaan, Frank Cörvers, Andries de Grip, Thomas Dohmen (2016). The Impact of Negatively Reciprocal Inclinations on Worker Behavior: Evidence from a Retrenchment of Pension Rights, Management Science, 62(3): 668-681.

Thomas Dohmen, Hartmut Lehmann, Norberto Pignatti (2016). Time-Varying Individual Risk Attitudes over the Great Recession: A Comparison of Germany and Ukraine, Journal of Comparative Economics, 44: 182-200.

Thomas Dohmen, Jan Sauermann (2016). Referee Bias, Journal of Economic Surveys, 30(4): 679-695. (working paper version, IZA DP 8857)

Eric Bonsang, Thomas Dohmen (2015). Risk Attitude and Cognitive Aging, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 112: 112-126.

Thomas Dohmen (2014). Behavioral Labor Economics: Advances and Future Directions, Labour Economics, 30: 71–85.

Olga Skriabikova, Thomas Dohmen, Ben Kriechel (2014). New Evidence on the Relationship between Risk Attitudes and Self-Employment, Labour Economics, 30: 176-184.

Didier Fouarge, Ben Kriechel, Thomas Dohmen (2014). Occupational Sorting of School Graduates: The Role of Economic Preferences, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 106: 335-351. (working paper version, IZA DP 8355 )

Thomas Dohmen, Hartmut Lehmann, Mark Schaffer (2014). Wage Policies of a Russian Firm and the Financial Crisis of 1998: Evidence from Personnel Data - 1997 to 2002, ILR Review, 67(2): 504-531.

Thomas Vischer, Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, Jürgen Schupp, Uwe Sunde, Gert G. Wagner (2013). Validating an Ultra-Short Survey Measure of Patience,  Economics Letters, 120(2): 142-145.

Bart Loog, Thomas Dohmen, Maarten Vendrik (2013). The Scope for Increasing Total Hours Worked, De Economist, 161(2): 157-174.

Georgia Rada Ortner, Matthias Wibral, Anke Becker, Thomas Dohmen, Dietrich Klingmüller, Bernd Weber, Armin Falk (2013). No Evidence for an Effect of Testosterone Administration on Delay Discounting in Male University Students, Psychoneuroendocrinology, (38)9: 1814-1818.

Matthias Wibral, Thomas Dohmen, Dietrich Klingmüller, Bernd Weber, Armin Falk (2012). Testosterone Administration Reduces Lying in Men, PLOS ONE 7(10): e46774. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046774.

Anke Becker, Thomas Deckers, Thomas Dohmen, Fabian Kosse, Armin Falk (2012). The Relationship Between Economic Preferences and Psychological Personality Measures, Annual Review of Economics, 4: 453-478. (2013 SOEP Prize for the Best Scientific Publication; working paper version, IZA DP 6470)

Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, Uwe Sunde (2012). The Intergenerational Transmission of Risk and Trust Attitudes, Review of Economic Studies, 79(2): 645–677.

Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, Klaus Fliessbach, Uwe Sunde, Bernd Weber (2011). Relative versus Absolute Income, Joy of Winning, and Gender: Brain Imaging Evidence, Journal of Public Economics, 95(4-5): 279-285.

Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk (2011). Performance Pay and Multidimensional Sorting: Productivity, Preferences and Gender, American Economic Review, 101(2): 556-590.

Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, Uwe Sunde, Jürgen Schupp, and Gert G. Wagner (2011). Individual Risk Attitudes: Measurement, Determinants and Behavioral Consequences, Journal of the European Economic Association, 9(3): 522-550. (working paper version, ROA-RM-2009/6)

David Jaeger, Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, Uwe Sunde, Holger Bonin, (2010). Direct Evidence on Risk Attitudes and Migration, Review of Economics and Statistics, 92(3): 684–689. (working paper version, ROA-RM-2008/11)

Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk (2010). You get what you pay for: Incentives and Selection in the Education System, Economic Journal, 120(546): F256-F271. (working paper version, ROA-RM-2010/2)

Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, Uwe Sunde (2010). Are Risk Aversion and Impatience Related to Cognitive Ability?, American Economic Review, 100(3): 1238-1260. (working paper version, ROA-RM-2009/7)

Thomas Dohmen, Matthias Schonlau, Martin Reuter, Juergen Schupp, Christian Montag, Bernd Weber, Nico A. Siegel, Uwe Sunde, Gert G. Wagner, and Armin Falk (2010). Collecting Genetic Samples in Population Wide (Panel) Surveys: Feasibility, Nonresponse and Selectivity, Survey Research Methods, 4(2): 121-126.

Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, Felix Marklein, Uwe Sunde (2009). Biased probability judgment: Evidence of Incidence and Relationship to Economic Outcomes from a Representative Sample, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 72(3): 903–915. (working paper version, IZA DP 4170)

Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, Uwe Sunde (2009). Homo Reciprocans: Survey Evidence on Behavioral Outcomes, Economic Journal, 119(536): 592-612. (working papier version, ROA-RM-2008/7)

Thomas Dohmen (2008). The Influence of Social Forces: Evidence from the Behavior of Football Referees, Economic Inquiry, 46(3): 411-424.

Thomas Dohmen, Hartmut Lehman, Anzelika Zaiceva (2008). The Gender Earnings Gap inside a Russian Firm: First Evidence from Personnel Data - 1997 to 2002, Journal for Labour Market Research, 41(2-3): 157-179.

Steffen Altmann, Thomas Dohmen, Matthias Wibral (2008). Do the Reciprocal Trust Less?, Economics Letters, 99(3): 454-457.

Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, Uwe Sunde (2008). Representative Trust and Reciprocity: Prevalence and Determinants, Economic Inquiry, 46(1): 84-90.

Thomas Dohmen (2008). Do Professionals Choke under Pressure? Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 65(3-4): 636-653.

Klaus Fliessbach, Bernd Weber, Peter Trautner, Thomas Dohmen, Uwe Sunde, Christian E. Elger, Armin Falk (2007). Social Comparison Affects Reward-Related Brain Activity in the Human Ventral Striatum, Science 318(5854): 1305-1308.

Holger Bonin, Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman and Uwe Sunde (2007). Cross-Sectional Earnings Risk and Occupational Sorting: The Role of Risk Attitudes, Labour Economics, 14(6): 926-937.

Thomas Dohmen (2005). Housing, Mobility, and Unemployment, Regional Science and Urban Economics 35(3): 305-325. (reprinted in C. van Ewijk (ed.), Homeownership and the labour market in Europe, Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 15-32.)

Thomas Dohmen (2004). Performance, Seniority, and Wages: Formal Salary Systems and Individual Earnings Profiles, Labour Economics, 11(6): 741-763.

Thomas Dohmen, Ben Kriechel, Gerard A. Pfann (2004). Monkey Bars and Ladders: The Importance of Lateral and Vertical Movements in Internal Labor Market Careers, Journal of Population Economics, 17(2): 193-228.

Thomas Dohmen, Gerard A. Pfann (2004). Worker Separations in a Nonstationary Corporate Environment, European Economic Review, 48(3): 645-663.

Thomas Dohmen (2002). Building and Using Economic Models: A Case-Study of the IS-LL Model, Journal of Economic Methodology, 9(2): 191-212.


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