Writing a Final Thesis

At our seminar, we offer the opportunity to write Bachelor or Master theses. However, please note that most of our topics are primarily intended for Master theses. In a Bachelor thesis you can write about a theoretical topic or you can survey the literature on a given topic. In a Master thesis you can either write about a theoretical or an empirical topic. Theoretical theses include the formal discussion of economic models whereas empirical work mostly deals with the collection and analysis of data.

Pre-Requisites and Scope

You should have attended lectures on game theory and/or experimental economics. This ensures a certain level of background knowledge to facilitate your understanding of the literature. In addition, you get an idea of the research areas we are interested and working in.
Generally, your final thesis should prove your ability to work on a research question independently and with scientific rigor. Therefore, we expect that you prepare a short (approx. 2 pages) proposal, laying out your research question and sketching out the way you intend to answer this question, i.e., the methods.
Further, we encourage you to write your theses in a concise way, i.e., in the form of a scientific paper. Papers are usually shorter than classical theses and focus on the research question as specifically as possible. You can find further information on how to structure and write a scientific paper below. You can write your thesis either in English or in German.

[Paper Guidelines]

The Next Steps

If you are interested in writing your thesis at our seminar, please contact one of our team members to schedule an appointment and discuss the topics you are interested in. At this stage, it is not necessary to have a written proposal. However, the more specific your ideas are, the more you will get out of the meeting.
Please note that submitted theses may be anonymously saved and processed by Turnitin (iParadigms LLC) to check for plagiarism.


In the following, we list some of the research interests of our team members:


Dr. Thomas Lauer

- Leadership
    - Team production and leadership
    - Legitimacy of leadership
    - Endogenous leadership
    - Transformational leadership
- Expectations and Cooperation
- Information and feedback in repeated interactions
- Intergenerational Public Goods
- Testing testing procedures for experimental data: a statistical simulation study