Dr. Stephan Müller, AkadR a.Z.
Chair of Microeconomics
Research Associate


  • Master in Economics, University of Mannheim (2002)
  • Master in Mathematics, Georg-August-University Göttingen (2009)
  • Ph.D. in Economics, University of Kassel (2015)

  • Research Interests
  • Evolutionary Game Theory, Behavioral Economics, Organizational Economics

  • Selected Publications
  • The Effects of Betrayal Aversion on Effort Provision when Incentives are Fragile (with Volker Benndorf und Holger Rau), Management Science, forthcoming
  • The Evolution of Morals under Indirect Reciprocity (with Alexia Gaudeul und Claudia Keser), Games and Economic Behavior, 126, 251-277, 2021
  • Economic Preferences and Compliance in the Social Stress Test of the COVID-19 Crisis (with Holger Rau), Journal of Public Economics, 194, 104322, 2021
  • Decisions under Uncertainty in Social Contexts (with Holger Rau), Games and Economic Behavior, 116, 73-95, 2019
  • The Relation of Risk Attitudes and Other-Regarding Preferences: A Within-Subjects Analysis (with Holger Rau), European Economic Review, 85, 1-7, 2016

    Other Publications in Refereed Journals
  • Governance Structures, Cultural Distance, and Socialization Dynamics: Further Challenges for the Modern Cooperation (with Christian Cordes, Sarianna M. Lundan and Georg Schwesinger), Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 32, 2022
  • Motivational Crowding Out Effects in Charitable Giving: Experimental Evidence (with Holger Rau), Journal of Economic Psychology, 76, 2020
  • Too Cold for Warm Glow? Christmas-Season Effects in Charitable Giving (with Holger Rau), PloS ONE, 14(5): e0215844, 2019
  • The impact of market innovations on the evolution of social norms: the sustainability case (with Georg von Wangenheim), Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 27(4), 663-690, 2017
  • Quality competition and entry deterrence: When to launch an extra brand (with Georg Götz), Managerial and Decision Economics , 38(8), 1201-1215, 2017

    Working Papers
  • The Hazards and Benefits of Condescension in Social Learning (with Itai Arieli, Yakov Babichenko, Farzad Pourbabaee, Omer Tamuz)
  • Sequential Social Learning with Inferential Biases
  • Coevolution of Cooperation, Preferences, and Cooperative Signals in Social Dilemmas (with Georg von Wangenheim)
  • Selection into Leadership and Dishonest Behavior of Leaders: A Gender Experiment (with Kerstin Grosch, Holger Rau and Lilia Zhurakhovska)
  • Bargaining Behavior and the Role of Negotiators’ Competitiveness (with Claudia Keser, Emmanuel Peterlé and Holger Rau)