Prof. Christoph Vanberg, Ph.D.Public Finance
The research conducted at the Chair of Public Finance centers around two main areas of inquiry. Firstly, our work in the field of political economics is focused on the question of how to effectively organize decision-making processes in groups in order to achieve mutual benefits for all members involved. Using formal game theory and laboratory experiments, we explore different voting rules and decision-making mechanisms that can help achieve these goals. Secondly, our work in the field of Behavioral Economics is focused on understanding the psychological and motivational mechanisms that drive prosocial and rule-compliant behavior. We use experimental methods to study topics such as honesty, promise-keeping, and other forms of moral behavior. In addition to offering lectures in the field of public finance, we also provide specialized courses in these areas of research.