CEREB Profil

At the CEREB we combine scientific theory and empirical methods in their work in order to answer important social questions. We take advantage of synergies of interdisciplinarity and cooperate with international research facilities. We work in the fields of behavioral economics, econometrics, psychology, individual and group decision making, educational research, and economics of education.

We are working in different application areas on the measurement, the development and improvement of decision competence. Decision competence is an interdisciplinary and overarching research concept. It relates to individual decision processes and to structures and situations that enable people to achieve their aims effectively using good decision-making.  For the measurement of decision competence a variety of models are discussed, ranging from full rationality through adaptive decision-making (bounded rationality, calculated rationality, fast and frugal heuristics) to subjective and social criteria of good decision-making. The development of decision competence over the life space focuses also on individual differences between people. The concept of decision competence informs also training and decision support aids in applied research.

New PhD scholarships - Apply before September 30, 2023!

The Center for Empirical Research in Economics and Behavioral Sciences (CEREB) at the University of Erfurt looks for excellent PhD candidates, supported by a scholarship awarded by the University of Erfurt. The CEREB is an interdisciplinary research group with special interest in different aspects of human decision making. We offer successful candidates excellent conditions regarding academic training and research facilities.

We invite suitable candidates to apply for PhD scholarships at the University of Erfurt.

As a member of our group you will have the opportunity to connect to researchers in the following fields:

  • behavioural economics
  • social and health psychology
  • organizational psychology
  • organization & management
  • corporate & business ethics 
  • corporate governance
  • individual and group decision making
  • child decision making
  • medical decision making & health communication

Further, you will have access to a structured graduate program and recent research projects.

  • Deadline for applications: September 30, 2023, 11:59 pm CET
  • Funding Start Date: January 1, 2024 (at the latest April 1, 2024)
  • Scholarship Period: Awarded for three years for a maximum of 4 years
  • Funding Amount: € 1.400 per month with an extra family-allowance (€300 for one/the first child plus €150 for any further child)

If you have any questions, you can contact CEREB’s director Prof. Dr. Manfred Königstein, manfred.koenigstein@uni-erfurt.de.

We are looking forward to your application!

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