Holder of the Professorship for Quantitative Methods of Empirical Social Research (Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences)

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Lehrgebäude 1 / room 0163

+49 361 737-4909

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Mondays 3-4 p.m. on appointment by email

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Nordhäuser Str. 63
99089 Erfurt

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Universität Erfurt
Staatswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung
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99105 Erfurt

Vice Dean for Academic Affairs (Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences)

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Lehrgebäude 1 / Raum 0163

+49 361 737-4909

Visiting address

Campus
Nordhäuser Str. 63
99089 Erfurt

Mailing address

Universität Erfurt
Prodekan der Staatswissenschaftlichen Fakultät
Postfach 90 02 21
99105 Erfurt

Deputy Director (Institute for Planetary Health Behaviour (IPB))

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LG1 R0163

+49 361 737-4909

Visiting address

Nordhäuser Str. 63
99089 Erfurt

Mailing address

Universität Erfurt
Staatswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung
Postfach 90 02 21
99105 Erfurt

Prof. Dr. Guido Mehlkop

Curriculum Vitae

Short vita

After graduating from high school (1991) and civilian service:

  • WS 93/94 to February 1999: Studies of Sociology (HF), Educational Science and Political Science at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn.
  • 02/1999: Awarded the academic degree of Magister Artium for Sociology, University of Bonn. Topic of Master's Thesis: "Do Values Influence Economic Growth? An International Comparative Study". (overall grade 1.3)
  • 02/2002: Doctorate (Dr. phil) on the topic: "Economic freedom, income inequality and physical quality of life. An international comparative study" at the University of Bonn. (Grade Summa Cum Laude)
  • 10/2010: Habilitation to the degree of Dr. phil. Habil. On the topic: "Crime as a rational choice action. An extension of the model of subjective value expectation and its empirical verification" at the Technical University of Dresden.

Professional career:

  • 10/1997 to 03/1999 Student Assistant, Seminar for Sociology at the University of Bonn.
  • 04/1999 to 03/2001 Research Assistant, Department of Sociology, University of Bonn
  • 04/2001 to 09/2001 Research Assistant with teaching duties at the Department of Sociology, University of Bonn
  • 10/2001 to 03/2011 Research Assistant at the Institute of Sociology, Technical University of Dresden
  • 04/2011 to 08/2011 Substitute for the professorship Methods of Empirical Social Research at the University of Erfurt
  • 09/2011 until current Professorship for quantitative methods of empirical social research at the University of Erfurt
  • 10/2015 until 10/2018 Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences

Lecturer of the German National Academic Foundation

Publications

Books

Monographs

2002 Economic freedom, income inequality, and physical quality of life. An international comparative study. Opladen: Leske + Budrich.

2011 Criminal behavior as a rational choice of action. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.

Published anthologies

2008 Support and exclusion through social cohesion. Human and social capital in empirical sociological research. Dresdner Beiträge zur Soziologie, vol. 3. Münster: MV Wissenschaft (with Peter Graeff).

2008 Capitalism, Democracy and the Prevention of War and Poverty. London and New York: Routledge (with Peter Graeff). Editor of the series "Dresdner Beiträge zur Soziologie" with Dominik Schrage and Stefan Hein(http://www.dresdner-beitraege.de).

Editor of the series "Economy and Politics" with Gerhard Wegner and André Brodocz at Springer Verlag.

Articles in journals / anthologies (already published or accepted for publication)

  • 2000 Mehlkop, G. Methodological Problems in the Analysis of Values and Economic Growth. Effects of choice of time of study and the influence of important cases. Journal of Sociology 29(3), pp. 217-226.
  • 2001 Strasser, H., Mehlkop,G. Wealth in Germany. In Peter Biehl, Christoph Bizer, and Roland Degen (eds.): Jahrbuch der Religionspädagogik, vol. 17, God and Money. Neukirchen: Neukirchener Verlag, pp. 79-100.
  • 2003 Graeff, P., Mehlkop, G. The Impact of Economic Freedom on Corruption. Different Patterns for Rich and Poor Countries. European Journal of Political Economy, 19(3), pp. 605-620.
  • 2003 Mehlkop, G., Graeff, P. Why Nations Arm in the Age of Globalization. Comparative Sociology, 2(4), pp. 667-693.
  • 2004 Mehlkop, G., Becker, R. Social stratification and delinquency. An empirical application of a rational choice approach using cross-sectional data from the ALLBUS 1990 and 2000, Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, 56(1), pp. 95-126.
  • 2006 Becker, R., Mehlkop, G. Social Class and Delinquency. Rationality and Society, 18(3), pp. 193-235.
  • 2006 Graeff, P., Mehlkop, G. Excavating a Force that Drives Income Inequality. Journal of Political and Military Sociology, 34(2), pp. 257-279.
  • 2006 Mehlkop, G., Graeff, P. Homicide, suicide, and anomie. A new approach to operationalizing and empirically applying Emile Durkheim's anomie construct. Social Science and Professional Practice 29(1), pp. 56-69.
  • 2006 Mehlkop, G., Graeff, P. Military sociology. Sociological Review 3, pp. 368-74.
  • 2007 Mehlkop, G. Class conflict and the logic of collective action. Reflections from the perspective of methodological individualism. In: Gunther Gebhard, Tino Heim, and Karl-Siegbert Rehberg (eds.): "Reality" of Class Society - "Class Society" as Reality? Münster: MV Wissenschaft, pp. 257-292.
  • 2007 Mehlkop, G., Graeff, P. Does a national threat reduce suicide incidence in a country? Evidence for a classical sociological thesis. In Gerhard Kümmel and Sabine Collmer (eds.): The Bundeswehr today and tomorrow. Baden-Baden: Nomos, pp. 105-120.
  • 2007 Mehlkop, G., Imhoff, R. Crime and internal security. Sociological Review 2, pp. 151-160.
  • 2007 Mehlkop, G., Becker, R. The effectiveness of material incentives on response rates in postal surveys. A method experiment. Methods Data Analyses 1, pp. 5-24.
  • 2007 Becker, R., Imhoff, R., Mehlkop, G. Monetary incentives in a postal survey and responses to questions on delinquency. Methods Data Analyses 2, pp. 131-160.
  • 2007 Graeff, P., Mehlkop, G. When Anomie Becomes a Reason for Suicide: A New Macrosociological Approach in the Durkheimian Tradition. European Sociological Review 23, pp. 521-536.
  • 2008 Mehlkop, G. Book Review: Per-Olof Wikström and Robert J. Sampson (Ed.): The Explanation of Crime. Context, Mechanisms and Development. European Sociological Review 24, pp. 133-135.
  • 2008 Graeff, P. Mehlkop, G., Neumann, R. Cut government, but the right part of it - the impact of fiscal and quasi-fiscal regulations on corruption "In: Guido Mehlkop and Peter Graeff (Eds.): Support and Exclusion through Social Cohesion. Human and Social Capital in Empirical Sociological Research. Dresdner Beiträge zur Soziologie, vol. 3. Münster: MV Wissenschaft, pp. 135-153.
  • 2008 Kroneberg, C. Heintze, I, Mehlkop, G. On Shop-Lifting and Tax Fraud: An Action-Theoretic Analysis of Crime. Collaborative Research Center 504, 08-16.
  • 2008 Graeff, P. Mehlkop, G. Introduction. In: Peter Graeff and Guido Mehlkop (eds.): Capitalism, Democracy and the Prevention of War and Poverty. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 1-9.
  • 2008 Graeff, P. Mehlkop, G. Conclusion. In Peter Graeff and Guido Mehlkop (eds.): Capitalism, Democracy and the Prevention of War and Poverty. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 202-209.
  • 2010 Mehlkop, G., Graeff, P. Modeling a Rational Choice Theory of Criminal Action: Subjective Expected Utilities, Norms, and Interactions. Rationality and Society 22, pp. 189-222.
  • 2010 Kroneberg, C. Heintze, I, Mehlkop, G. The Interplay of Moral Norms and Instrumental Incentives in Crime Causation. Criminology 48(1), pp. 259-294.
  • 2011 Becker, R., Mehlkop, G. Effects of Prepaid Money Incentives on Mail Survey Response Rates and on Self-Reporting about Delinquency - Empirical Findings. BMS, Bulletin de Methodologie Sociologique/ Bulletin of Sociological Methodology 111, pp. 5-25.
  • 2012 Mehlkop, G., Neumann, R. Explaining Preferences for Redistribution - A Unified Framework to Account for Institutional Approaches and Economic Self-Interest for the Case of Monetary Transfers for Families and Children. European Journal of Political Research 51, pp. 350-381.
  • 2012 Mehlkop, G., Neumann, R. Explaining the approval of family policy redistributive measures - evidence for the interplay of rational explanatory approaches and the importance of attitudes toward the family. Journal of Sociology 41, pp. 182-206.
  • 2013 Sattler, S., Sauer, C., Mehlkop, G., Graeff, P. The Rationale for Consuming Cognitive Enhancement Drugs in University Students and Teachers. PLoS ONE 8(7): e68821. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0068821:
  • 2013 Graeff, P., Sattler, S., Mehlkop, G., Sauer, C. Incentives and inhibitors of abusing academic positions: analyzing university students' decisions about bribing academic staff. European Sociological Review. Online: doi: 10.1093/esr/jct036.
  • 2014 Sattler, S. Mehlkop, G., Graeff, P., Sauer, C. Evaluating the drivers of and obstacles to the willingness to use cognitive enhancement drugs: the influence of drug characteristics, social environment, and personal characteristics. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy. Online: doi:10.1186/1747-597X-9-8.
  • 2015 Mehlkop, G. Becker, R. Effects of monetary incentives on responses to delinquency in postal surveys. Journal of Sociology, 44(3), pp. 215-228.
  • 2016 Mehlkop, G. The digital divide as a challenge for economy 4.0. A social science review. In: Herrmann-Josef Blanke and Gerald Grusser (Eds.): Industry and Economy 4.0. political, legal as well as economic challenges. Proceedings of the Economics, Law and Social Sciences Forum 2/2016. Erfurt, pp. 54-67.
  • 2018 Neumann, R., Mehlkop, G. Environmental decisions as an interplay of attitudes, costs of action, and situational framing - an empirical comparison of theories with GESIS panel data. Journal of Sociology, 47(2), 101-118.
  • 2018 Sattler, S., Graeff, P., Sauer, C., Mehlkop, G. The illegal sale of prescription drugs for cognitive performance enhancement - A vignette-based study of rational and normative explanations. Monatsschrift für Kriminologie und Strafrechtsreform [Special Issue edited by Heinz Leitgöb and Stefanie Eifler], pp. 322-351.
  • 2020 Mehlkop, G. The role of social norms in a broad rational choice theory of crime. In: Ivar Krumpal and Roger Berger (eds.): Deviance and Subcultures. Theories, methods, and empirical findings. Springer VS, Wiesbaden, pp.13-49.
  • 2020 Neumann, R., Mehlkop, G. Framing Electricity Plan Choices to Enhance Green Energy Usage: A Choice Experiment with Panel Data from Germany. Energy Research & Social Science. Vol 70. link to article
  • 2021 Sattler, S., Mehlkop, G., Bahr, V., Betsch, C. Why Parents Misuse Prescription Drugs to Enhance the Cognitive Performance of Healthy Children: The Influence of Peers and Social Media. Journal of Drug Issues, link to article
  • 2021 van Veen, F., Sattler, S., Mehlkop, G., Hasselhorn, F. Feigning Symptoms to Obtain Prescription Stimulants: A Vignette-Based Study on Its Conditions Journal of Drug Issues link to article.
  • 2021 Sattler, S. van Veen, F., Hasselhorn, F., Mehlkop, G., Sauer, C. An experimental test of Situational Action Theory of crime causation: Investigating the perception-choice process. Social Science Research Link to article

 

 

 

 

Working Paper

Driving under the influence of alcohol: The influence of norms and self-control (with Peter Graeff and Sebastian Sattler).

A Rational Choice Model to Explain Cognitive Enhancement - The Interplay of Utility and Norms (with Sebastian Sattler, Peter Graeff and Carsten Sauer).

Environmental Awareness and Environmentally Responsible Action (with Robert Neumann).

Learning Videos as Replacement or Support of Classical Classroom Lectures? An Experiment (with Hannes Schramm).

Lectures/Conference Organization

Keynotes

2018 Homo sociologicus, homo economicus or homo variabilis? Analyzing social mechanisms to explain criminal behavior - theoretical approaches and empirical testing. Keynote at the joint spring conference of the Methods of Empirical Social Research and Modeling and Simulation sections of the German Sociological Association on Deviance, Subcultures, and Social Movements: Methodological Approaches and Substantive Findings, March 23-24, 2018, Leipzig.

Lectures (selection

2001 The Diverse Impacts of Economic Freedom on Corruption. Paper presented to the European Public-Choice Society, Paris, April 2001.

2002 Cut Government, but the Right Part - the Impact of Fiscal and Quasi-fiscal Regulations on Corruption. Presentation to the European Public-Choice Society, April 2002, Milan.

2003 Why Nations Arm in the Age of Globalization. Paper presented to the European Public-Choice Society, April 2003, Aarhuus, Denmark.

2003 Social Stratification and Delinquency. Paper presented to the Modeling and Simulation Section of the German Sociological Association, October 16-17, 2003, Rostock, Germany.

2004 Social Class and Delinquency. An Empirical Utilization of Rational Choice Theory with Cross-sectional Data of the 1990 and 2000 German General Population Surveys (ALLBUS). Paper presented at the International Sociological Association, RC28 Conference on Social Stratification, May 2004, Neuchatel, Switzerland.

2004 Economic freedom, income inequality, and physical quality of life. Paper presented to the Hayek Society, June 2004, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.

2004 Why Nations Arm in the Age of Globalization, paper presented at the 36th World Congress of the World Institute for Sociology, July 2004, Beijing, China.

2005 Excavating a Force that Drives Income Inequality. Paper presented at the International Sociological Association, RC28 Conference on Social Stratification, May 2005, Oslo, Norway.

2005 Anomie and homicide - theoretical references. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Professional Association of German Sociologists, May 20-21, Berlin.

2007 A new economic theory of crime. Paper presented at the University of Bern at the invitation of Prof. Dr. Rolf Becker, January 8, Bern, Switzerland.

2007 How to Model a Rational Choice Theory of Crime. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 2007, New York City, USA.

2007 Extending the Rational Action Theory of Crime: Success, Norms, and Risk-Taking. An Empirical Re-Assessment of the Theory of Subjective Expected Utility. Paper presented at the Conference on Rational Choice and Social Institutions at ETH Zurich, September 2007, Zurich, Switzerland.

2008 What Do We Measure When We Measure Corruption? Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 2008, Boston, USA.

2008 New Empirical Evidence on the Economics of Tax Evasion: Moral Commitment as a Filter for Deterrence. Paper presented at the2nd Workshop on Political Economy of the Institute for Economic Research (IFO), November 2008, Dresden, Germany.

2009 Suicide and Anomie. Lecture at the University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich at the invitation of Prof. P. Graeff, May 2009, Munich.

2009 How the Decision to Evade Taxes is Mediated by Social Norms:Subjective Expected Utilities, Norms, and Interactions. Paper presented at the conference Shadow 2009: Tax Evasion and Shadow Economy, hosted by the Institute of Financial Economics, University of Münster, July 23-26, Münster.

2010 Attitudes toward the Welfare State in East Germany. Paper presented at the conference "Structural Upheavals in East Germany as Challenges for the Welfare State," hosted by the ifo Institute Dresden and the Institute of Sociology, TU Dresden, July 9 in Dresden.

2010 Explaining Preferences for Redistribution - a Unified Framework to Account for Institutional and Instrumental Approaches for the Case of Monetary Transfers for Families and Children. Paper presented at the4th Workshop on Political Economy, hosted by CESifo, the Center of Public Economics at TU Dresden and the Ifo Institute for Economic Research Dresden, November 19-20 in Dresden.

2011 Corruption from the Perspective of New Institutional Economics. Paper presented at the conference "Core Content of Corruption in the Mirror of Sociological Research," hosted by Goethe University Frankfurt, February 17-18 in Frankfurt.

2011 A Rational Choice Model to Explain Cognitive Enhancement: The Interplay of Utilities and Norms' Rational Choice Social Research: From Standard Rationality to Social Rationality? Paper presented at the "Symposium of the ISA Research Committee 45 'Rational Choice', hosted by Department of Sociology and ICS, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. May 15, Groningen.

2011 How Rational are Decisions Pro and Con Cognitive Enhancement Medication? Internalized Norms, Rationality, and their Interactions. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (with Peter Graeff, Sebastian Sattler, and Carsten Sauer).

2011 Performance enhancing scientists: How they decide whether or not to use pills for cognitive enhancement, presentation to the Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montréal at McGill University, Canada, at the invitation of Prof. PhD Éric Racine on 17.11.2011 (with Carsten Sauer, Sebastian Sattler and Peter Graeff).

2011 Crime as a rational choice action. Paper presented at the International Seminar 44-2011 "Criminal Strategy" at the invitation of the German Police University on 11/14/2011, hosted at the FH Bund in Brühl, Germany.

2012 A rational choice model to explain cognitive enhancement: the interplay of utilities and norms. Paper presented at the conference Mastering the Challenges in Higher Education, hosted by the Department of Sociology, Bielefeld University, February 7-9, Bielefeld, Germany.

2012 High-flying scholars: An empirical study on the decision-making process of scientists using smart pills to enhance performance, presentation in the RC15 session on Medications and pharmaceuticalization: continuity and change, hosted by the ISA Forum of Sociology to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 1-4, 2012.

2012 Normative and rational forces driving corrupt decisions</x> among students within social networks: A vignette study, presentation in the RC45 session on Social capital: Current research on the construction of social capital, hosted by the ISA Forum of Sociology to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 1-4, 2012.

2013 Empirical Research on Crime. Guest lecture as part of the lecture series "Methods of Empirical Social Research II: Data Analysis Procedures" at the University of Kassel at the invitation of Prof. Dr. Volker Stocké, Nov. 11, 2013.

2014 The Influence of Drug Characteristics, Social Environment, and Personal Characteristics on Cognitive Enhancement Drug Use. Paper presented in Panel RC 45 "Rational Choice Under Empirical Test" (Session organization: Jun Kobayashi) at the World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan.

2014 Corruption in the university - a quasi-experimental test of rational choice theory. Paper presented at the joint research colloquium of the Institute of Sociology and the Institute of Educational Science, University of Bern, invited by Prof. Dr. Rolf Becker, Oct. 21, 2014, Bern, Switzerland.

2014 The influence of substance characteristics, social context, and personal characteristics on the willingness to take performance-enhancing drugs. Presentation at the GENIA conference: Health Research - Erfurt Network for Interdisciplinary Exchange, 07.11.2014, Erfurt.

2016 Pro-Environmental Behavior in High-Cost Situations - Evidence from a Mixed Mode Panel in Germany. Presentation at Panel RC 24 Environment and Society, July 2016 in Vienna.

2017 Pro-Environmental Behavior in Varying Cost Situations - New Empirical Results from Survey Based Choice Experiments. Paper presented at The 1st RC33 Regional Conference on Social Science Methodology: Asia, September 11-14, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan.

2017 Corruption in Large Organizations. A sociological explanatory approach and its empirical testing. Paper presented at the Scientific Conference: Deviance in Organizations. Symposium in cooperation with the Thuringia State Police Directorate, Police Extremism Prevention Staff Unit, September 19, 2017 at the University of Erfurt.

2018 Revisiting the Green Consumer - Attitudes, Identity and the Conditions of Environmental Consumption. Paper presented at the XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology, July 15-21, 2018 in Toronto, Canada.

2018 Social Influences in Parental Decisions to Give Prescription Drugs to Healthy Children. Paper presented at the XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology, July 15-21, 2018 in Toronto, Canada.

2019 The interplay of moral norms, instrumental incentives, and self-control in causing illegal behavior. Paper presented at the invitation of Prof. Dr. Clemens Kroneberg (Univeristät zu Köln) at the Testing Analytical Action Theories in Criminology conference, July 8-9, 2019 in Cologne, Germany.

2019 Investigating Recruitment and Response Behavior on Samples from Ageing Municipalities - Evidence from Three Population Surveys at the Community Level in Germany. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the European Survey Research Association, July 15 - 19, 2019 in Zagreb, Croatia.

2020 Biased risk perception in decisions about cognitive enhancement. presentation at the 62nd Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP), March 22 - 25, 2020 in Jena, Germany (joint presentation with Nora Küpke). cancelled due to Corona.

2020 Parents' status preferences & giving prescription stimulants to children'. Poster at the joint spring conference of the DGS sections "Social Inequality and Social Structure Analysis" & "Education and Upbringing", March 19-20, 2020 in Bamberg, Germany. Cancelled due to Corona.

2020 A Comprehensive Test of the Situational Action Theory of Crime Causation. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Virtual Engagement Event 1123 - Section on Crime, Law and Deviance, Roundtable (joint paper with Floris van Veen, Fabian Hesselhorn, and Sebastian Sattler), August 08, 2020, Virtual Conference, San Francisco, California, USA.

2020 The Impact of Framing on Environmentally Conscious Decision Making - Electricity Plan Choices in Germany paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Virtual Engagement Event 4328 - Section on Sociology of Consumers and Consumption, Roundtable (joint presentation with Robert Neumann), August 11, 2020, Virtual Conference, San Francisco, California, USA.

Conference organization

Organizer of the ad hoc group "Corruption and the Nature of Society" at the 33rd Congress of the German Sociological Association in Kassel 2006 (with Peter Graeff).

Scientific Symposium: Political and Economic Freedom in the Focus of Macrosociological Analyses: The Influence of Capitalist and Democratic Social Orders on War and Prosperity. TU Dresden, March 2007 (with Peter Graeff).

Scientific conference "Structural Upheavals in East Germany as Challenges for the Welfare State," hosted by the Ifo Institute Dresden and the Institute of Sociology of the TU Dresden (Chair of Macrosociology), July 9 in Dresden.

Scientific Conference: Deviance and Delinquency: Theories, Models and Empirical Analyses. Spring Meeting of the Modeling and Simulation Section of the German Sociological Association, March 20-21, 2014 at the Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences, University of Erfurt.

Scientific conference: Deviance in Organizations. Symposium in cooperation with the Thuringia State Police Directorate, Police Extremism Prevention Staff Unit, September 19, 2017 at the University of Erfurt.

Scientific conference: ENHANCE - Cognitive Enhancement: Distribution, Procurement Strategies, Causes and Implications, February 11-13, 2019 at the Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences, University of Erfurt (with Sebastian Sattler).

Expert opinion

Reviewer

  • German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • American Journal of Sociology
  • European Journal of Political Economy
  • Contemporary Economic Policy
  • European Journal of Criminal Policy and Research
  • Methods Data Analyses
  • Crime & Delinquency
  • International Sociology
  • Berlin Journal of Sociology
  • European Sociological Review
  • Rationality and Society
  • Journal of Business and Corporate Ethics

Memberships

German Sociological Association

American Sociological Association

European Public Choice Society