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Jeroen Jannis Engel

M.Sc. Jeroen Jannis Engel

PhD Candidate / research assistant
Room: 417, building 01.85
Phone: +49 721 608-43808
jannis engelJvs8∂kit edu

Office Hours: individual appointments via e-mail

talks and presentations


  • GEABA - XVIII. Symposium, Hohenheim, Germany
  • EEA-ESEM, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Econometric Society Asian Meeting, Hong Kong, China
  • HeiKaMaX Workshop on Experimental Economics, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • HeiKaMaxY Young Researchers, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • ESA World Meeting, Jerusalem 
  • Doctoral Research Colloquium, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Doctoral Research Colloquium, Karlsruhe, Germany


working papers

A Little Good is Good Enough: Ethical Consumption, Cheap Excuses, and Moral Self-Licensing (joint with Nora Szech)


This paper explores the role of cheap excuses in product choice. If a product improves upon one
ethically relevant dimension, agents may care less about other independent ethical facets of the
product. Opting for a product that fulfills one ethical aspect may thus suffice for keeping a high moral
self-image in agents, and render it easier to ignore other ethically relevant aspects they would
otherwise care about. The use of such cheap excuses could thus lead to a ‘static moral self-licensing’
effect. This would extend the logic of the well-known moral self-licensing over time.
Our experimental study provides empirical evidence that the static counterpart of moral self-licensing
exists. Furthermore, effects spill over to unrelated, ethically relevant contexts later in time. Thus, static
moral self-licensing and moral self-licensing over time can amplify each other. Outsiders, though
monetarily incentivized for correct estimates, are completely oblivious to the effects of moral self-
licensing, both, static and over time.

curriculum vitae

  • since 2014: PhD student and research assistant at the Chair of Political Economy (ECON)
  • 2011 - 2014: Master of Science in European Economic Studies at the University of Bamberg
  • 2007 - 2010: Bachelor of Arts in European Economic Studies at the University of Bamberg

Title Type Semester Place
Seminar (S) WS 17/18
Seminar (S) SS 2017
Seminar (S) WS 16/17
WS 16/17
Seminar (S) SS 2016
Seminar (S) WS 15/16
WS 15/16
Seminar (S) SS 2015
Seminar (S) WS 14/15
WS 14/15
Seminar (S) SS 2014