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Eugen Dimant


I'm a postdoctoral researcher in the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program and the Behavioral Ethics Lab at the University of Pennsylvania as well as an external fellow of the Centre for Decision Research & Experimental Economics (CeDEx) at the University of Nottingham.

Prior to this, I was a Lab Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University's (under Lawrence Lessig), as well as an (affiliated) visiting researcher at

My most recent CV can be found here.

My Twitter account is here.


August 2018:

  • New experimental working paper with Cristina Bicchieri on 'Lying and Belief Distortion Under Norm-Uncertainty'. The paper can be found here.

  • Updated working paper with J. Buckenmaier, U. Schmidt, and A.-C. Posten on Efficient Institutions and Effective Deterrence: On Timing and Uncertainty of Punishment. We examine the relationship between the timing of punishment & resolution of uncertainty on deterrence. Main result: efficient institutions are not necessarily better. The paper can be found here

April 2018:

  • Our paper on the "Effects of Institutional History and Leniency on Collusive Corruption and Tax Evasion" (with J. Buckenmaier & L. Mittone) is now forthcoming in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. Most recent WP

March 2018:

  • Published a new survey in Journal of Economic Surveys in the April 2018 issue that we hope comes in handy. Here, we shed light on the empirical causes and effects of corruption and what we have learned from past decade's research. The link to the paper titled Causes and Effects of Corruption: What has Past Decade's Empirical Research Taught Us? A Survey (joint work with G. Tosato) is here.

November 2017:

  • Published a new experimental working paper entitled Deviant or Wrong? The Effects of Norm Information on the Efficacy of Punishment (joint work with C. Bicchieri and E. Xiao). We examine the relationship between norm information and effectiveness of punishment. Main result: depending on the nature of the norm information, punishment can be either very effective or extremely detrimental. The paper can be found here


  • Published a new empirical working paper on Negative Returns: U.S. Military Policy and Anti-American Terrorism (joint work with D. Meierrieks and T. Krieger). It is a hot topic, comments are most welcome. You can find the paper here.


  • Published a new empirical working paper on Match Fixing and Sports Betting in Football. Empirical Evidence from the German Bundesliga (joint work with C. Deutscher and B. Humphreys). You can find the paper here.