Simon Gächter
Research Fellow

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Gächter Simon Gächter is Professor of the Psychology of Economic Decision Making at the University of Nottingham. He previously held the chair in Applied Microeconomics at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Simon Gächter received his post-graduate education at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna and his PhD in 1994 from the University of Vienna. He then worked as a lecturer at the University of Vienna and the University of Linz. In 1994 he became an assistant professor at the University of Zürich, where he did his Habilitation in Economics in 1999.

Simon Gächter's research interests are in the fields of behavioral and experimental economics. He is particularly interested in behavioral issues in the labour economics, and in organizational and personnel economics. Another research interest concerns issues of voluntary provision of public goods and solutions to free rider problems. Simon Gächter has published in Econometrica, American Economic Review, Science, Nature, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of the European Economic Association, Management Science, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, among others.

In 2005 Simon Gächter received the Gossen Prize of the Verein fur Socialpolitik and in 2009 he was elected into the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. He is also a Fellow of the European Economic Association.

Simon Gächter was recently awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Investigator Grant on the Behavioural Economics of Cooperation (05/2012-04/2017). He is also a co-investigator of the UK ESRC-funded "Network of Integrated Behavioural Science (NIBS)".

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2003.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
10824  Simon Gächter
Chris Starmer
Fabio Tufano
Revealing the Economic Consequences of Group Cohesion
10754  Simon Gächter
Lingbo Huang
Martin Sefton
Disappointment Aversion and Social Comparisons in a Real-Effort Competition
10517  Antonio A. Arechar
Simon Gächter
Lucas Molleman
Conducting Interactive Experiments Online
(revised version forthcoming in: Experimental Economics, doi:10.1007/s10683-017-9527-2)
9616  Swee Hoon Chuah
Simon Gächter
Robert Hoffmann
Jonathan H. W. Tan
Religion, Discrimination and Trust
(revised version published in European Economic Review 90, November 2016, 280-301; doi:10.1016/j.euroecorev.2016.03.008)
9615  Simon Gächter
Leonie Gerhards
Daniele Nosenzo
The Importance of Peers for Compliance with Norms of Fair Sharing
(revised version published in European Economic Review 97, August 2017, 72-86; doi:10.1016/j.euroecorev.2017.06.001)
9241  Robin Cubitt
Simon Gächter
Simone Quercia
Conditional Cooperation and Betrayal Aversion
(revised version published in Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 141, September 2017, 110-121, doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2017.06.013)
9041  Simon Gächter
Lingbo Huang
Martin Sefton
Combining "Real Effort" with Induced Effort Costs: The Ball-Catching Task
(revised version published in: Experimental Economics 19(4), December 2016, 287-712; doi: 10.1007/s10683-015-9465-9)
8954  Benjamin Beranek
Robin Cubitt
Simon Gächter
Stated and Revealed Inequality Aversion in Three Subject Pools
(published in: Journal of the Economic Science Association, 2015, 1(1), 43-58; doi:10.1007/s40881-015-0007-1)
8580  Simon Gächter
Elke Renner
Leaders as Role Models for the Voluntary Provision of Public Goods
8504  Simon Gächter
Friederike Mengel
Elias Tsakas
Alexander Vostroknutov
Growth and Inequality in Public Good Games
(revised version published in Journal of Public Economics 150, June 2017, 1-13, doi:10.1016/j.jpubeco.2017.03.002)
6345  Simon Gächter
Daniele Nosenzo
Martin Sefton
Peer Effects in Pro-Social Behavior: Social Norms or Social Preferences?
(published in: Journal of the European Economic Association, 2013, 11 (3), 548-573; doi:10.1111/jeea.12015)
6277  Christian Thöni
Simon Gächter
Peer Effects and Social Preferences in Voluntary Cooperation
(a revised version is published as: 'Peer effects and social preferences in voluntary cooperation: A theoretical and experimental analysis' in: Journal of Economic Psychology.48, 72-88, 2015; doi:10.1016/j.joep.2015.03.001)
5774  Simon Gächter
Esther Kessler
Manfred Königstein
The Roles of Incentives and Voluntary Cooperation for Contractual Compliance
4687  Simon Gächter
Christian Thöni
Social Comparison and Performance: Experimental Evidence on the Fair Wage-Effort Hypothesis
(revised version published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2010, 76 (3), 531-543; doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2010.08.008)
3914  Simon Gächter
Daniele Nosenzo
Elke Renner
Martin Sefton
Who Makes a Good Leader? Social Preferences and Leading-by-Example
(published in: Economic Inquiry, 2012, 50 (4), 867–879; 10.1111/j.1465-7295.2010.00295.x)
3639  Simon Gächter
Daniele Nosenzo
Martin Sefton
The Impact of Social Comparisons on Reciprocity
(published in: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2012, 114 (4), 1346-1367; doi:10.1111/j.1467-9442.2012.01730.x)
2961  Simon Gächter
Eric J. Johnson
Andreas Herrmann
Individual-Level Loss Aversion in Riskless and Risky Choices
2236  Simon Gächter
Benedikt Herrmann
The Limits of Self-Governance in the Presence of Spite: Experimental Evidence from Urban and Rural Russia
(revised version published in: European Economic Review, 2011, 55(2), 193-210; doi:10.1016/j.euroecorev.2010.04.003)
2015  Eric J. Johnson
Simon Gächter
Andreas Herrmann
Exploring the Nature of Loss Aversion
2011  Urs Fischbacher
Simon Gächter
Heterogeneous Social Preferences and the Dynamics of Free Riding in Public Goods
(substantially revised and split up versions published as: (1) 'Social Preferences, Beliefs, and the Dynamics of Free Riding in Public Goods' in: American Economic Review, 2010, 100 (1), 541-556; and (2) 'The Behavioral Validity of the Strategy Method in Public Goods Experiments', Journal of Economic Psychology, 2012, 33 (4), 897-913 )
1381  Armin Falk
Urs Fischbacher
Simon Gächter
Living in Two Neighborhoods: Social Interactions in the Lab
(published in: Economic Inquiry, 2013, 51 (1), 563–578; doi:10.1111/j.1465-7295.2010.00332.x)
1375  Simon Gächter
Arno Riedl
Dividing Justly in Bargaining Problems with Claims: Normative Judgments and Actual Negotiations
(published in: Social Choice and Welfare, 2006, 27, 571-594; doi:0.1007/s00355-006-0141-z)