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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
Email: polit.office@econ.kit.edu


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 szechKzv5∂kit edu


Welcome to the Chair of Political Economy (ECON)


CAPITAL: Top 40 under 40

Magazine Capital ranks Nora Szech among the "Young Elite" in the category "Society and Science". More information.

Süddeutsche Zeitung: Gut to Head

In this podcast of the Süddeutsche Zeitung Gerd Gigerenzer, Malcolm Gladwell, Julia Rothhaas, and Nora Szech talk about the relationship of economy and gut feeling. Susanne Klingner is doing the interviews.

Deutschlandfunk (Radio Interview)

Marietta Schwarz talks with Nora Szech about current topics from behavioral economics, about morals in economic institutions, and the roots of game theory. There is also some music, ranging from The Cure to Oasis to Anohni to Taylor Swift. To the podcast.

OECD Integrity Week 2018

The focus of the OECD Integrity Week in Paris was on fighting corruption worldwide. Multiple public and closed events surrounded the main event of the week, the OECD Integrity Forum. Nora Szech was one of the panelists at the Forum. The OECD provides lots of information on the topic and on the event that takes place on a yearly basis, which you can find 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.

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 highly discussed topics, e.g. 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 autumn HeiKaMaX Workshop on Behavioral and Experimental Economics, jointly organized by the Universities of Heidelberg, Mannheim and KIT took place at the KIT in October 2018. Here's a link to the program.

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


HeiKaMaxY Young Researchers

The 5th HeiKaMaxY Young Researchers Workshop took place in Mannheim on December 7. It is a workshop on Behavioral Economics and Experiments for young researchers (PhD students, postdocs, and JProfs), jointly organized with the universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim. For more information, please contact Julia Schreier or David Huber.

Brown Bag Seminar

On Wednesdays at 11:30 am. our Brown Bag 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.