Dr. Arne Weiß

Post-doctoral Researcher

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Interests

Voting behavior and effects of voting institutions; social norms; social identity, field experiments in development economics; econometric analysis of experimental data. 


Dr. rer. pol. ("Ph.D.") in Economics, University of Erfurt (defended in Dec 2009)
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Bettina Rockenbach

Master in Economics at the University of St. Gallen 2005

Diploma in Economics at the London School of Economics 2002

Vordiplom in Economics and Business Administration at Witten/Herdecke University 2000

Previous Positions

NBER, consultant, and JPAL/Harvard Business School, research associate, managing as project director a field experiment in Zambia

Monitor Group (Zurich), Intern 2005

Frontier Economics (London and Cologne), Temporary Research Assistant 2005

University of St. Gallen, Assistant of Prof. Dr. Baumberger (Economics) 2003 - 2004

International Center for Small Hydro Power (Hangzhou, China), Intern 2001 - 2002

Peer Reviewed Publications

Does being elected increase subjective entitlements? Evidence from the laboratory, with Irenaeus Wolff), Economics Bulletin, 33(1), 794-796 (2013)

The limited power of voting to limit power, with Hong Geng and Irenaeus Wolff, Journal of Public Economic Theory, 13(5), 695-719 (2011)

Other Publications

Von Finanzgewinnen zu langfristigem Wachstum: Krisenprävention über Investitionen in Grundlagen-forschung und Bildung, WISO-Diskurse 2012 (with Robert Maderitsch)

Diogenes trifft Dagobert – oder der Versuch einer Synthese aus Glück und Geld" in Weiß, A. R., J. Junger and S. Sohr (ed.). Montag, Dienstag, Zukunft – Junge Europäer über den Weg ins 21. Jahrhundert. IZT ZukunftsStudien Band 25. Nomos: Baden-Baden 2001.

Die Zeit ist reif!" Chapter in SRzG (ed.). Die 68er. Warum wir Jungen sie nicht mehr brauchen. Kore-Verlag: Freiburg 1998 (with Julia Junger)

Working Papers

Subjective and objective compliance: choosing what to know in normative choice situations (with Kai Spiekermann, revise&resubmit at Games and Economic Behavior) PDF [link]

Experimental evidence on identity biases in voting choices (with Robert Böhm and Bettina Rockenbach) PDF [link]

On the nature of relational contracting – the influence of power and culture (with Bettina Rockenbach and Hong Geng)

The economic virtues of voting – how political competition limits confiscatory behavior

Voted Into Power - The Role of Promises for Elects' Reciprocity and Voters' Trust (with Gari Walkowitz)

Research Grant

University of Cologne Forum: “Advancing common-pool resource management in heterogeneous groups” (coordinator and joint principal investigator with Bettina Rockenbach)
This forum aims at establishing fields of joint research between social anthropologists and behavioral economists. Currently two sub-projects in Namibia: Willingness to pay for water; economic consequences of sharing norms


Behavioral Development Economics (2014/2015)

Social Norms: Theories, Experiments and Public Policy (2013/2014, with O. Stavrova)

Experimetrics (2013 and 2014, with T. Lauer)

Field Experiments in Development Economics (2012/2013)

Research Projects in Experimental Economics (Experimental Design, 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 with T. Lauer)

Research Projects in Experimental Economics II: Data Analysis and Presentation (2012 with T. Lauer)

Impact Evaluation of Development Programs (2011, 2012 and 2013 at Willy-Brandt-School of Public Policy)

Research Methods for Doctoral Students (2011 with R. Böhm)

Tutorial in Microeconomics (2010/2011 with B. Rozsnyoi)

Public Choice - Theory, Analysis, and Policy Applications (2009 and 2010/2011 at Willy-Brandt-School of Public Policy)

Research Visits and Summer Schools

Southwest-Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China, visiting researcher 2007 and 2008

Advanced Sino-German Summer School 2008 in Chengdu, China: “Research Frontiers in Management Science and Culture – Experimental Methods and Applications”

Sino-German Summer School 2007 in Bonn, Germany: “Culture and Behavioral Methods in Management – Theory, Experiments, Practice”


Foundation of German Business, scholarship for doctoral studies 2005-2008.

Foundation of German Business, scholarship for university studies 1999-2005.

German Academic Exchange Service, scholarship for studying in Great Britain 2000-2001.

Policy and Consulting Projects

CEMS Business Project on impact assessment of CSR activities.

Report on municipal amalgamation reforms in Thuringia from a public-choice perspective (2011, on behalf of the Green party of Thuringia, with D. Voges)


Dr. Arne Weiß

Staatswissenschaftliches Seminar für Experimentelle Wirtschafts- und Verhaltensforschung

Universitätsstraße 22a
D-50937 Köln
Building: 102
Room: 4.229

Phone: +49 221 470 8666
Fax: +49 221 470 8668


Office Hours

on appointment (by email)