Universität Bonn

Department of Economics / IAME

Prof. Dr. Thomas Dohmen

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Dohmen

Institute for Applied Microeconomics
Room 1.007
Lennéstraße 43
53113 Bonn

+49 228 73-9303

Office hours
by appointment via e-mail


Curriculum Vitae
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Research Interests

  • Behavioral Economics
  • Experimental Economics
  • Applied Microeconometrics
  • Life-Cycle Formation of Cognitive & Non-cognitive Skills
  • Psychology of Incentives
  • Personnel and Organizational Economics

Working Papers

  • Harry Pickard, Thomas Dohmen, and Bert van Landeghem. “Inequality and Risk Preference.” IZA Discussion Paper no. 15854, 2023. PDF
  • Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, and Uwe Sunde. “Interpreting Time Horizon Effects in Inter-Temporal Choice.” IZA Discussion Paper no. 6385, 2012. PDF
  • Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, and Uwe Sunde. “Seemingly Irrelevant Events Affect Economic Perceptions and Expectations: The FIFA World Cup 2006 as a Natural Experiment.” IZA DP 2275, 2006. PDF
  • Thomas Dohmen. “Promotions, Demotions and Corporate Employment Changes.” Paper prepared for presentation at the SOLE/EALE Second World conference, 2005.
  • Mikhail Ananyev, Thomas Dohmen, and Hartmut Lehmann. “The Bonding Effect of Deferred Compensation: Worker Separations from a Large Firm in Early Transition Russia.” IZA Discussion Paper 13358, 2020. PDF
  • Thomas Dohmen and Bert van Landeghem. “Numeracy and Unemployment Duration.” IZA DP 12531, 2019. PDF


Journal Articles

  • Felipe Valencia Caicedo, Thomas Dohmen, and Andreas Pondorfer. “Religion and Cooperation across the Globe.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 215 (2023): 479–489. DOI
  • Thomas Dohmen and Tomáš Jagelka. “Accounting for Individual-Specific Reliability of Self-Assessed Measures of Economic Preferences and Personality Traits.” Journal of Political Economy Microeconomics (2023). DOI
  • Thomas Dohmen, Ingrid Rohde, and Tom Stolp. “Tournament Incentives Affect Perceived Stress and Hormonal Stress Responses.” Experimental Economics 26 (2023): 955–985. DOI
  • Thomas Dohmen, Simone Quercia, and Jana Willrodt. “On the Psychology of the Relation between Optimism and Risk Taking.” Journal of Risk and Uncertainty (2023). DOI
  • Thomas Dohmen and Elena Shvartsman. “Overexertion of Effort under Working Time Autonomy and Feedback Provision.” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 212 (2023): 1255–1266 DOI
  • Thomas Dohmen, Simone Quercia, and Jana Willrodt. “A note on salience of own preferences and the consensus effect.” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 209 (2023): 15–21. DOI
  • Armin Falk, Anke Becker, Thomas Dohmen, David Huffman, and Uwe Sunde. “The Preference Survey Module: A Validated Instrument for Measuring Risk, Time, and Social Preferences.”  Management Science 69(4) (2023): 1935–1950.). DOI
  • Uwe Sunde, Thomas Dohmen, Benjamin Enke, Armin Falk, David Huffman, and Gerrit Meyerheim. “Patience and Comparative Development.” Review of Economic Studies 89, no. 5 (2022): 2806–2840. DOI
  • Arjan Non, Ingrid Rohde, Andries de Grip, and Thomas Dohmen. “Mission of the company, prosocial attitudes and job preferences: A discrete choice experiment.” Labour Economics 74 (2022): 1–14. DOI
  • Thomas Dohmen, Arjan Non, and Tom Stolp. “Reference points and the tradeoff between risk and incentives.”Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 192 (2021): 813–831. DOI
  • Stefania Bortolotti, Thomas Dohmen, Hartmut Lehmann, Frauke Meyer, Norberto Pignatti, and Karine Torosyan. “Patience, Cognitive Abilities, and Cognitive Effort: Survey and Experimental Evidence from a Developing Country.” American Behavioral Scientist, 65, no. 11 (2021): 1512–1530. DOI
  • Maria Zumbühl, Thomas Dohmen, and Gerard Pfann (2021). “Parental Involvement and the Intergenerational Transmission of Economic Preferences, Attitudes, and Personality Traits.” Economic Journal 131, no. 638 (August 2021): 2642–2670. DOI (Leading House Best Paper Award)
  • Daniel Pollmann, Thomas Dohmen, and Franz Palm. “Robust Estimation of Wage Dispersion with Censored Data: An Application to Occupational Earnings Risk and Risk Attitudes.” De Economist 268 (2020): 519–540. DOI
  • Ruben C. Arslan, Martin Brümmer, Thomas Dohmen, Johanna Drewelies, Ralph Hertwig, and Gert G. Wagner. “How people know their risk preference.” Scientific Reports 10, no. 15365 (2020): 1–14. DOI
  • Mark Bernard, Thomas Dohmen, Arjan Non, and Ingrid M. T. Rohde. “Menus of contracts determine sorting patterns.” Journal of Economic Psychology 72 (2019): 293–311. DOI
  • Armin Falk, Anke Becker, Thomas Dohmen, Benjamin Enke, David Huffman, and Uwe Sunde. “Global Evidence on Economic Preferences.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 133, no. 4 (2018): 1645–1692. DOI
  • Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, and Uwe Sunde (2018). “On the Relationship Between Cognitive Ability and Risk Preference.” Journal of Economic Perspectives 32, no. 2 (Spring 2018): 115–134. DOI.
  • Thomas Dohmen and Hendrik Sonnabend (2018). “Further Field Evidence for Minimax Play.” Journal of Sports Economics 19, no. 3 (2018): 371–388. DOI
  • Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, Bart Golsteyn, David Huffman, and Uwe Sunde. “Risk Attitudes across the Life Course.” Economic Journal 127, no. 605 (October 2017): F95–F116. DOI
  • Uwe Sunde and Thomas Dohmen. “Aging and preferences.” Journal of the Economics of Ageing 7 (April 2016): 64–68. DOI
  • Raymond Montizaan, Andries de Grip, Frank Cörvers, and Thomas Dohmen. “The Impact of Negatively Reciprocal Inclinations on Worker Behavior: Evidence from a Retrenchment of Pension Rights.” Management Science 62, no. 3 (March 2016): 668–681. DOI
  • Thomas Dohmen, Hartmut Lehmann, and Norberto Pignatti. “Time-varying individual risk attitudes over the Great Recession: A comparison of Germany and Ukraine.” Journal of Comparative Economics 44 (2016): 182–200. DOI
  • Thomas Dohmen and Jan Sauermann. “Referee Bias.” Journal of Economic Surveys 30, no. 4 (2016): 679–69. DOI (working paper version IZA DP 8857)
  • Eric Bonsang and Thomas Dohmen. “Risk attitude and cognitive aging.” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 112 (2015): 112–126. DOI
  • Thomas Dohmen. “Behavioral labor economics: Advances and future directions.” Labour Economics 30 (2014): 71–85. DOI
  • Olga J. Skriabikova, Thomas Dohmen, and Ben Kriechel. “New evidence on the relationship between risk attitudes and self-employment.” Labour Economics 30 (2014): 176–184. DOI
  • Didier Fouarge, Ben Kriechel, and Thomas Dohmen. “Occupational sorting of school graduates: The role of economic preferences.” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 106 (2014): 335–351. DOI (working paper version IZA DP 8355)
  • Thomas Dohmen, Hartmut F. Lehmann, and Mark E. Schaffer. “Wage Policies of a Russian Firm and the Financial Crisis of 1998: Evidence from Personnel Data – 1997 to 2002.” ILR Review 67, no. 2 (2014): 504–531. DOI
  • Thomas Vischer, Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, Jürgen Schupp, Uwe Sunde, Gert G. Wagner (2013). “Validating an Ultra-Short Survey Measure of Patience.” Economics Letters 120, no. 2 (2013): 142–145. DOI
  • Bart Loog, Thomas Dohmen, and Maarten Vendrik. “The Scope for Increasing Total Hours Worked.” De Economist 161, no. 2 (2013): 157–174. DOI
  • Georgia Rada Ortner, Matthias Wibral, Anke Becker, Thomas Dohmen, Dietrich Klingmüller, Armin Falk, and Bernd Weber. “No evidence for an effect of testosterone administration on delay discounting in male university students.” Psychoneuroendocrinology 38, no. 9 (2013): 1814–1818. DOI
  • Matthias Wibral, Thomas Dohmen, Dietrich Klingmüller, Bernd Weber, and Armin Falk. “Testosterone Administration Reduces Lying in Men.” PLOS ONE 7, no. 10 (2012): e46774. DOI
  • Anke Becker, Thomas Deckers, Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, and Fabian Kosse. “The Relationship Between Economic Preferences and Psychological Personality Measures.” Annual Review of Economics 4 (2012): 453–478. DOI (2013 SOEP Prize for the Best Scientific Publication; working paper version IZA DP 6470)
  • Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, and Uwe Sunde. “The Intergenerational Transmission of Risk and Trust Attitudes.” Review of Economic Studies 79, no. 2 (2012): 645–677. DOI
  • Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, Klaus Fliessbach, Uwe Sunde, Bernd Weber. “Relative versus absolute income, joy of winning, and gender: Brain imaging evidence.” Journal of Public Economics 95, no. 3–4 (April 2011): 279–285. DOI
  • Thomas Dohmen and Armin Falk (2011). “Performance Pay and Multidimensional Sorting: Productivity, Preferences and Gender.” American Economic Review 101, no. 2 (April 2011): 556–590. DOI
  • Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, Uwe Sunde, Jürgen Schupp, and Gert G. Wagner. “Individual Risk Attitudes: Measurement, Determinants and Behavioral Consequences.” Journal of the European Economic Association 9, no. 3 (2011): 522–550. DOI (working paper version ROA-RM-2009/6)
  • David Jaeger, Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, Uwe Sunde, and Holger Bonin. “Direct Evidence on Risk Attitudes and Migration.” Review of Economics and Statistics 92, no. 3 (2010): 684–689. DOI (working paper version ROA-RM-2008/11)
  • Thomas Dohmen and Armin Falk. “You Get What You Pay For: Incentives and Selection in the Education System.” Economic Journal 120, no. 546 (August 2010): F256–F271. DOI (working paper version ROA-RM-2010/2)
  • Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, and Uwe Sunde. “Are Risk Aversion and Impatience Related to Cognitive Ability?" American Economic Review 100, no. 3 (June 2010): 1238–1260. DOI (working paper version ROA-RM-2009/7)
  • Matthias Schonlau, Martin Reuter, Juergen Schupp, Christian Montag, Bernd Weber, Thomas Dohmen, Nico A. Siegel, Uwe Sunde, Gert G. Wagner, and Armin Falk. “Collecting Genetic Samples in Population Wide (Panel) Surveys: Feasibility, Nonresponse and Selectivity.” Survey Research Methods, 4, no. 2 (2010): 121–126. DOI
  • Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, Felix Marklein, and Uwe Sunde. “Biased probability judgment: Evidence of incidence and relationship to economic outcomes from a representative sample.” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 72, no. 3 (2009): 903–915. DOI (working paper version IZA DP 4170)
  • Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, and Uwe Sunde. “Homo Reciprocans: Survey Evidence on Behavioral Outcomes.” Economic Journal 119, no. 536 (March 2009): 592–612. DOI (working paper version, ROA-RM-2008/7)
  • Thomas Dohmen. “The Influence of Social Forces: Evidence from the Behavior of Football Referees.” Economic Inquiry 46, no. 3 (2008): 411–424. DOI
  • Thomas Dohmen, Hartmut Lehman, and Anzelika Zaiceva. “The Gender Earnings Gap inside a Russian Firm: First Evidence from Personnel Data – 1997 to 2002.” Journal for Labour Market Research 41, no. 2–3 (2008): 157–179. DOI
  • Steffen Altmann, Thomas Dohmen, and Matthias Wibral. “Do the reciprocal trust less?" Economics Letters 99, no. 3 (June 2008): 454–457. DOI
  • Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, and Uwe Sunde. “Representative Trust and Reciprocity: Prevalence and Determinants.” Economic Inquiry 46, no. 1 (2008): 84–90. DOI
  • Thomas J. Dohmen. “Do professionals choke under pressure?" Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 65, no. 3–4 (March 2008): 636–653. DOI
  • Klaus Fliessbach, Bernd Weber, Peter Trautner, Thomas Dohmen, Uwe Sunde, Christian E. Elger, and Armin Falk. “Social Comparison Affects Reward-Related Brain Activity in the Human Ventral Striatum.” Science 318, no. 5854 (2007): 1305–1308. DOI.
  • Holger Bonin, Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, and Uwe Sunde. “Cross-sectional earnings risk and occupational sorting: The role of risk attitudes.” Labour Economics 14, no. 6 (December 2007): 926–937. DOI
  • Thomas J. Dohmen. “Housing, mobility, and unemployment.” Regional Science and Urban Economics 35, no. 3 (2005): 305–325. DOI (reprinted in C. van Ewijk (ed.). Homeownership and the labour market in Europe (Oxford University Press, 2009): 15–32.)
  • Thomas J. Dohmen. “Performance, seniority, and wages: formal salary systems and individual earnings profiles.” Labour Economics 11, no. 6 (2004): 741–763. DOI
  • Thomas Dohmen, Ben Kriechel, and Gerard A. Pfann (2004). “Monkey bars and ladders: The importance of lateral and vertical job mobility in internal labor market careers.” Journal of Population Economics 17, no. 2 (2004): 193–228. DOI
  • Thomas Dohmen and Gerard A. Pfann. “Worker separations in a nonstationary corporate environment.” European Economic Review 48, no. 3 (2004): 645–663. DOI
  • Thomas J. Dohmen. “Building and using economic models: A case study analysis of the IS-LL model.” Journal of Economic Methodology 9, no. 2 (2002): 191–212. DOI
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