Chair of Public Economics

Dr. Oliver Himmler



>>> CV January 2016 <<<




Research interests

Public Economics, Economics of Education, Labor Economics, Experimental Economics, Political Economics.




Professional

2016-2019
Head of Research Group on
Behavioral Economics of HIgher Education
University of Goettingen

2016-
Visiting Researcher, Max Planck Institute for
Research on Collective Goods, Bonn

2012-13
Visiting Research Fellow, UC San Diego.

2010-16
Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for
Research on Collective Goods, Bonn.

2004-10
Researcher, University of Goettingen.




Journal Articles

'Literacy and the migrant-native wage gap'
Review of Income and Wealth, accepted (with Robert Jaeckle).
WP link.

'Mass Media, Instrumental Information, and Electoral Accountability'
Journal of Public Economics, 134, 75-84, 2016 (with Christian Bruns).
Link.

'Fairness Spillovers - The Case of Taxation'
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 90(C), 2013 (with Thomas Cornelissen and Tobias Koenig).
Link.

'Double standards in educational standards - Do Schools with a Disadvantaged Student Body Grade More Leniently?'
German Economic Review, 14(2), 2013 (with Robert Schwager).
Link.

'Perceived Unfairness in CEO Compensation and Work Morale'
Economics Letters, 110(1), 2011 (with Thomas Cornelissen and Tobias Koenig).
Link.

'Newspaper circulation and local government efficiency'
Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 113(2), 2011 (with Christian Bruns).
Link.

'Media activity and public spending'
Economics of Governance, 11(4), 2010 (with Christian Bruns).
Link.

'Health and wages - panel data estimates considering selection and endogeneity'
Journal of Human Resources, 45(2), 2010 (with Robert Jaeckle).
Link.




Current working papers

'Soft Commitments, Reminders and Student Outcomes -- A Field Experiment in Higher Education' (with Robert Jaeckle and Philipp Weinschenk), MPRA Working Paper 76832.

'A Theory of Political Accountability and Journalism' (with Christian Bruns), mimeo (this is an extended, previous version of 'Mass Media, Instrumental Information, and Electoral Accountability').

'Tax evasion spillovers -- a field experiment' (with Sebastian Goerg and Tobias Koenig), mimeo.

'Self-Evaluations and Performance - Evidence from Adolescence' (with Tobias Koenig), Hannover Discussion Paper 507.

'The Effects of School Choice on Academic Achievement and Grading Standards', CESifo Working Paper No 2676.




Work in progress

'Broken windows in the lab -- Spillovers in norm-breaking behavior' (with Sebastian Goerg and Tobias Koenig)

'The effect of firearms prevalence on crime and suicides' (with Christian Traxler)

'Social Norms in Higher Education -- The effect of providing students with performance feedback' (with Robert Jaeckle)




Working paper versions of published papers

'Double standards in educational standards: are disadvantaged students being graded more leniently?' (with Robert Schwager), ZEW Discussion Paper No. 07-016, 2007.

'It's the media, stupid - how media activity shapes public spending' (with Christian Bruns), CESifo Working Paper No 2493, 2008.

'Health and wages - panel data estimates considering selection and endogeneity' (with Robert Jaeckle), MPRA Working Paper No. 11578, 2008.

'Could you hand me the efficiency section, please? Newspaper circulation and local government efficiency in Norway' (with Christian Bruns), MPRA Working Paper No. 12582, 2008.

'Perceived Unfairness in CEO Compensation and Work Morale' (with Thomas Cornelissen and Tobias Koenig), Hannover University Economics Working Paper No. 435, 2009.

'Fairness Spillovers - The Case of Taxation' (with Thomas Cornelissen and Tobias Koenig), MPI Preprints 12-17, 2012.





Other publications

'Institutions, Incentives and Local Policies - Evidence from Education and Media Markets', Dissertation, 2009.




Paper presentations

Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA. Southern Economic Association, New Orleans, USA. 10th Nordic Experimental Economics Conference, Tampere, Finland. Workshop Behavioral Economics of Education, Mainz. Economics of Education Committee of the German Economic Association, Berlin. IZA Brown Bag Seminar, Bonn. Trier Economics Seminar, Trier. North-American ESA Conference, Santa Cruz. Econ Department Seminar, UC San Diego, USA. Economics of Education Committee of the German Economic Association, Zürich. Public Choice Society, Miami, USA. Joint Seminar of the MPIs Cologne/Bonn. Journées Louis-André Gérard-Varet, Marseilles, France. CReAM Seminar, UC London. Meteor Seminar, Maastricht; Econ Workshop, Bonn. Public Choice Society Annual Meeting, San Antonio. Econometric Society World Congress, Shanghai. Public Economics Seminar LMU, Munich. Public Choice Society Annual Meeting, Monterey. CReAM Seminar, University College London. Workshop 'Taxation, Public Provision and the Future of the Nordic Welfare Model', Helsinki. 3rd NHH/UiB PhD Workshop, Bergen, NO. 3rd Annual Congress of the European Economic Association, Milan. European Society for Population Economics XXII Annual Conference, London. Public Choice Society Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, USA. 5th CESifo NHH German Norwegian Seminar on Public Economics, Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 63rd Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF), Warwick, UK. Public Economics Workshop, Hannover. Workshop 'Education' of the DFG Priority Programme 'Institutional Design of Federal Systems', Göttingen. Workshop 'Do Schools Matter?', Aarhus School of Business, DK. 62nd Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF), Paphos, CY. Internal Seminar of the CESifo Group, Munich. Workshop, Priority Programme 'Institutional Design of Federal Systems', ZEI, Bonn.



Research grants

Part of the research on the economics of education is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) priority programme 1142 'Institutional Design of Federal Systems: Theory and Empirical Evidence'.
[Feb 2006 through Jan 2008]
and
[Feb 2008 through Jan 2010].




Referee

Journal of Public Economics, Economics of Education Review, European Journal of Political Economy.




Teaching

Winter terms
Intermediate Public Economics (Finanzwissenschaft B)
Undergraduate Seminar 'Current Issues in Public Economics'
Summer terms
Introduction to Public Economics (Finanzwissenschaft A)
Graduate Seminar 'Public Economics'