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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
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Welcome to the Chair of Political Economy (ECON)

Sabbatical Term
During the Winter Term 2017/18, Nora Szech is on a research sabbatical. More information you can find here.



Open PhD/Postdoc Position

We are seeking to fill an open PhD or postdoc position. Details can be found here

OECD Integrity Week 2018

End of March, the OECD Integrity Week takes place in Paris. The focus is on fighting corruption worldwide. Multiple public and closed events surround the main event of the week, the OECD Integrity Forum. Nora Szech will be one of the panelists at the Forum. You can find more information and/or register for the event here.

Morals in Juries and Committees

Max Hägler from Süddeutsche Zeitung interviews Nora Szech on the diffusion of responsibility in economic institutions. To the video.

Paradise Papers and "homo moralis"

How do people become morally corrupted? This question discusses Nora Szech in an interview with Thomas Fritz. 

Letters of indulgence from the supermarket

What do ethically interested customers have in common with the famous German author Martin Walser? The answer can be found in the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. Jannis Engel and Nora Szech provide all according details and background in their working paper.

Trust (Herrenhäuser Talks/NDR)

Moderated by Ulrich Kühn, four professors from the fields of theology, economics, business administration, psychology and personality development discuss the role of trust in our society: Friedrich Wilhelm Graf (LMU), Guido Möllering (U Witten-Herdecke), Nora Szech (KIT), and Martin Schweer (U Vechta). Here is the podcast.

"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. Transparency and number of bidders are, e.g., highly discussed topics in the design of procurement auctions for the renewable energy sector.

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 Workshop on Behavioral and Experimental Economics is jointly organized by the Universities of Heidelberg, Mannheim and KIT. The last of these workshops took place in October 2017.

For more information or if you want to participate, please contact Petra Nieken, Philipp Reiss, Clemens Puppe or Nora Szech.

HeiKaMaxY Young Researchers

The third HeiKaMaxY Young Researchers Workshop on Behavioral Economics and Experiments took place in Heidelberg on December 1, 2017.

This workshop for young researchers (PhD students, postdocs, and JProfs) is jointly organized with the universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim. If you are interested or if you have questions about the workshop, please contact our PhD student Leonie Kühl.

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.