As an applied microeconomic theorist, I study human behavior under uncertainty. In particular, I am interested in uncertainty that cannot be quantified exactly. In addition, I explore useful aspects of uncertainty and contractual arrangements mitigating the effects of uncertainty. As a researcher, I find these questions fascinating. I have studied communication of subjective information, strategic uncertainty, and uncertainty in contract enforcement. I use techniques drawn from game theory, mechanism design, decision theory, psychology, and probability theory.
Applications of my work include deterrence of insurance fraud and tax evasion, choices of unhealthy behavior, political competition, research contests and competition law.
The BERA program is supported by the seven BERA institutions: DIW Berlin, WZB, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, ESMT and Hertie School of Governance.
Further support to the group is provided by Berlin Centre for Consumer Policies (BCCP), DIW Graduate Center, Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Science, Transregional Collaborative Research Center SFB-TR 190: Competition and Rationality and Berlin Macroeconomics Network. Financial support for BERA is provided by the Leibniz Association through funds from the Leibniz Competition.
Deutsches Institut für Wirschaftsforschung (DIW Berlin) and Wissenschaftszentrum
Berlin für Sozialfoschung (WZB) are Members of the Leibniz Association