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Social context influences decision-makers' willingness to take risks

Do differences in performance have an impact on the appetite for risk-taking in decision-makers? Economists at the University of Göttingen have addressed this question. The result of their study is that people's willingness to take risks increases as soon as they get a lower return than other people with whom they compare themselves. At the same time, decision-makers take lower risks if they get a higher return than their peers. more…


Fairtrade benefits rural workers in Africa, but not the poorest of the poor

A new study from the University of Göttingen and international partners has analysed the effects of Fairtrade certification on poor rural workers in Africa. The results show that Fairtrade improves the situa-tion of employees in agricultural cooperatives, but not of workers in the smallholder farm sector, who are often particularly disadvantaged. more…


Towards a worldwide inventory of all plants

Declining biodiversity due to man-made habitat destruction and climate change means that information about plant diversity and its distribution across the planet is now crucial for biodiversity conservation. With the Global Inventory of Floras and Traits (GIFT), a team of researchers from the Department of Biodiversity, Macroecology and Biogeography at the University of Göttingen has taken an important step forward in documenting and understanding global plant diversity. more…


Sascha Spoun is next President of the University of Göttingen

The Swiss-German economist Professor (HSG) Sascha Spoun will become President of the University of Göttingen in 2020. This was agreed on Thursday 20 June 2019 by the University Senate with a large majority. The University Foundation Committee has already confirmed the election. more…


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Internationalisation in an increasingly complex world

As part of the "Germany Today" tour organised by the German Academic Exchange Sercive (DAAD), 22 representatives of US and Canadian universities, research institutions and funding organisations visited the University of Göttingen, including representatives of the so-called Ivy League. more…

18 Earth-sized exoplanets discovered

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS), the University of Göttingen, and the Sonneberg Observatory have discovered 18 Earth-sized planets beyond the solar system. The worlds are so small that previous surveys had overlooked them. One of them is one of the smallest known so far; another one could offer conditions friendly to life. more…

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