Prof. Dr. Oliver Himmler

Inhaber der Professur für Wirtschaftswissenschaften mit Schwerpunkten Wirtschaftspolitik und Finanzwissenschaft (Staatswissenschaftliche Fakultät)


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Nordhäuser Str. 63
99089 Erfurt

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Universität Erfurt
Staatswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Postfach 90 02 21
99105 Erfurt

Prof. Dr. Oliver Himmler

Curriculum Vitae


Since 2018
Professor of Economics
University of Erfurt

2016 - 2019
Head of externally funded research group on ‘Behavioral Economics of Higher Education’
University of Goettingen and University of Erfurt

2016 -
Visiting Researcher,
Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn

2012 - 2013
Visiting Research Fellow
UC San Diego

2010 - 2016
Senior Research Fellow (Postdoc)
Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn

2004 - 2010
University of Goettingen


Working papers (unpublished)

'Normatively Framed Relative Performance Feedback – Field Experiment and Replication' (with Raphael Brade and Robert Jaeckle) MPRA Working Paper 88830.

'A Theory of Political Accountability and Journalism' (with Christian Bruns), mimeo (this is an extended, previous version of 'Mass Media, Instrumental Information, and Electoral Accountability').

'Tax evasion spillovers -- a field experiment' (with Sebastian Goerg and Tobias Koenig), mimeo.

'Self-Evaluations and Performance - Evidence from Adolescence' (with Tobias Koenig), Hannover Discussion Paper 507.

'The Effects of School Choice on Academic Achievement and Grading Standards', CESifo Working Paper No 2676.

Work in progress

'Broken windows in the lab -- Spillovers in norm-breaking behavior' (with Sebastian Goerg and Tobias Koenig)

'The effect of firearms prevalence on crime and suicides' (with Christian Traxler)

Journal Articles

‘Soft Commitments, Reminders, and Academic Performance’, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 11(2), 2019 (with Robert Jaeckle and Philipp Weinschenk).

Link to WP: MPRA Working Paper 76832

'Literacy and the migrant-native wage gap'
Review of Income and Wealth, 64(3), 2018 (with Robert Jaeckle).

'Mass Media, Instrumental Information, and Electoral Accountability'
Journal of Public Economics, 134, 2016 (with Christian Bruns).

'Fairness Spillovers - The Case of Taxation'
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 90(C), 2013 (with Thomas Cornelissen and Tobias Koenig).

'Double standards in educational standards - Do Schools with a Disadvantaged Student Body Grade More Leniently?'
German Economic Review, 14(2), 2013 (with Robert Schwager).

'Perceived Unfairness in CEO Compensation and Work Morale'
Economics Letters, 110(1), 2011 (with Thomas Cornelissen and Tobias Koenig).

'Newspaper circulation and local government efficiency'
Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 113(2), 2011 (with Christian Bruns).

'Media activity and public spending'
Economics of Governance, 11(4), 2010 (with Christian Bruns).

'Health and wages - panel data estimates considering selection and endogeneity'
Journal of Human Resources, 45(2), 2010 (with Robert Jaeckle).