Political Economy
Nora Szech

Prof. Dr. Nora Szech

Nora Szech holds the Chair of Political Economy at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). She works on market and competition design, with a focus on welfare implications and morally relevant behavior, combining theoretical as well as empirical research methods. The applications of her work range from auction design over labor markets and diversity to ethical consumption and health. Her work has been published in leading interdisciplinary outlets as well as in leading field journals (such as Science, Management Science, The Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Theory). Various international and national media outlets report on her work (such as The Wallstreet Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes, as well as Süddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die ZEIT). Nora has received the Reinhard Selten Award from the Verein für Socialpolitik. The magazine Capital ranks her “Top 40 under 40“ in the category Society and Science. She got calls for professorship positions from the Universities of Bonn, Dortmund, Freiburg, Innsbruck, Konstanz, and Passau. Before she joined the KIT in 2013, Nora was Professor for Industrial Economics at the University of Bamberg. She did her postdoc (Akademischer Rat) at the Chair of Benny Moldovanu at the University of Bonn (from 2010 to 2012), where she also did her PhD - as a scholar of the Bonn Graduate School of Economics (BGSE). Her thesis was awarded the best thesis of the year (2010) at University of Bonn across all fields.

Publications and Working Papers

Please find Nora's publications and working papers listed here.

In the Media

News from the media you can find here. More reactions from the press are listed here.

Awards, Grants, Fellowships, and Editorial Activities

  • Hector Grant (€ 500,000 for research, 2019 - 2024)
  • BMBF Grant on Digitization and Ethics in Health Markets (€ 760,000, with Steffen Augsberg and Matthias Braun, 2020 - 2023)
  • Future Fields Grant Level 2, Digital Citizen Science (€ 380,000 Euro with Alexander Mädche, Petra Nieken, Benjamin Scheibehenne, Melanie Volkamer, Christof Weinhardt and Alexander Woll, 2021-2022)
  • Future Fields Grant Level 2, Energy Market Design (€ 90,000 with Wolf Fichtner, Martin Klarmann and Marliese Uhrig-Homburg, 2020-2021)
  • Future Fields Grant Sonderausschreibung Investitionen, Digital Citizen Science (€ 154,000 with Alexander Mädche, Petra Nieken, Benjamin Scheibehenne, Melanie Volkamer, Christof Weinhardt and Alexander Woll, 2020)
  • Seed money for the prepartion of an ITN (Horizon 2020) (€ 27,000 with Pablo Brañas Garza, Nicolas Jacquement, Martin Kocher, Michal Wiktor Krawczyk, Arno Riedel, Alexander Sebald and Erik Sørensen, 2020-2021)
  • Member COVID19 Expert circle of the Helmholtz Association (since 2020)
  • Guest Editor of the Research Topic article collection on Honesty and Moral Behavior in Economic Games, Frontiers in Psychology (since 2020)
  • Young Elite: Top 40 under 40 in Society and Science (Capital, 2018)
  • Teaching Award (with Jannis Engel, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 2018)
  • Trust Professor of the German Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, since 2018)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the European Economic Review (since 2018)
  • Teaching Award (with Jannis Engel, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 2016)
  • Member of the Committee for Economic Theory (Theoretischer Ausschuss), Verein für Socialpolitik (since 2015)
  • KIT Expert (since 2015)
  • CESifo Research Network Fellow (since 2014)
  • Member of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group (HCEO, Chicago, IL, since 2013)
  • WZB-Fellow (since 2013)
  • Reinhard Selten Award 2011
  • Dissertation Prize of the Bonn University Society 2011 (Best Dissertation at the University of Bonn in 2010)
  • Best Tutor Award 2010 (at the Economics Department in Bonn)
  • Alumna of the German Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)


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