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Chair of Political Economy

Visitors and delivery address:

Fritz-Erler-Str. 1 - 3
Building 01.85, R 417 - 421
D-76133 Karlsruhe


Postal address:

Kaiserstr. 12
D-76131 Karlsruhe

Prof. Dr. Nora Szech

Sibille Hackel

Building 01.85, Room 419
Tue, Wed, Thur
from 10:00 to 12:00
Tel.: +49  721 608 - 43809


Prof. Dr. Nora Szech

Chair of Political Economy
Group: Institute of Economics (ECON)
Phone: +49 721 608-43809
nora szechUkp7∂kit edu


Welcome to the Chair of Political Economy (ECON)

Fleisch und Farbe Cover

Festive Meals, Color, and the Role of Meat


Which colors do we expect to see on a festive plate? Which role plays the meat in an elegant or joyful dinner? How much meat do we expect to see? How much do we want to eat? Do we need the meat at all? And what colors should go with it?

The book Meat and Color illustrates in three artsy studies everything that we associate with a savory, jolly, or elegant meal.



The German national daily Süddeutsche Zeitung has interviewed Nora Szech on her current research projects.

Open Position

We are looking for a student research assistant (HiWi).

"Priority in case of equal qualification"

What kind of effects do we see from the rule "priority in case of equal qualification"? Stronger as well as weaker candidates may become more motivated. Diversity and performance incentives then do not exclude each other, but become rather aligned. 

To the study. (and)

To ScienceDaily.

Transparency in Auctions

Check out our latest research on information release in auctions. We compare incentives from welfare and profit perspectives, and investigate the role of the number of bidders.

Better performance because of coarse incentive structures

Detailed information on incentive structures can make agents perform worse. With coarse information structures, better performance results become possible, and agents can avoid feeling stressed. Check out our recent empirical findings from an economic experiment.

Diffusion of Moral Responsibility

In many contexts, for example in committees, diffusion of moral responsibility and sharing of guilt play crucial roles. This influences the design of institutions in order to prevent erosion of moral responsibility.
Have a look at our institution-design-study and our experimental study!

KIT Experts

Nora Szech is a KIT expert with a focus on markets and market design and on how institutions shape our moral values.


The HeiKaMaX is a Workshop on Behavioral Economics and Experiments in Economics joint with the universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim. The 9th Workshop in this tradition took place on April 12, 2016 in Heidelberg.

Doctoral Research Seminar

On Wednesdays at 11:30 am. our Doctoral Research Seminar takes place. Everybody is very welcome.

Research Seminar

On Thursdays at 11:45 am, our research Seminar Workshop on Economics and Finance takes place. Everybody is welcome to join in!
If you want to get in touch with the speaker, feel free to take part in the lunch afterwards.