Preferences and incentives for innovation

1 Ph.D/Postdoctoral Position

Research objectives: Innovations, which can be the starting point for social learning, are not only relevant for group heterogeneity, but can also be a determinant for cultural variation. Particularly in human societies, the innovation process is itself a collective phenomenon. Social learning can accumulate innovations, and this ability can be considered as a basis for our evolutionary success. The ability to innovate is important to individuals, but is also crucial at the level of societies, impacting the economic success of institutions or firms, for example. In this project, we plan to study the motivational and institutional prerequisites of innovation.

The Department of Economics has an opening for one PhD/Postdoctoral researcher in Behavioral Economics. The aim of the project is to study the motivational and institutional prerequisites of innovation. While the creation of innovation requires out-of-the-box-thinking, the spread of innovation requires social learning. We will investigate how incentives affect conformity and preferences for innovation. The successful candidate will design lab experiments to study how team incentives and property rights for intermediate steps can encourage sequential innovation.  The candidates should have a sound background in experimental economics and microeconomic theory. The advisors for this project will be Urs Fischbacher and Susanne Goldlücke.