Holger A. Rau

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Göttingen.

My research interests are Experimental Economics, Social Preferences, Gender Differences and Behavioral Finance. I especially focus on laboratory approaches to analyze the functioning of work incentives and their impact on labor-market phenomena such as the gender wage gap. I am also interested in irrational investor behavior documented by the disposition effect.

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  • Gender Differences in Motivational Crowding Out of Work Performance

[with Volker Benndorf and Christian Sölch], Economic Inquiry, forthcoming.

[with Georg Clemens], Journal of Economics and Management Strategies, forthcoming.

[with Robert Feicht, Veronika Grimm and Gesine Stephan], European Economic Review 100, 175-192.

[with Kerstin Grosch], Journal of Economic Psychology 62, 258-267.

[with Matthias Heinz and Hans-Theo Normann), European Economic Review 90, 336-349.

[with Stephan Müller], European Economic Review 85, 1-7 (lead article).

Journal of Banking and Finance 61, 272-282.

[with Hans-Theo Normann), Journal of Conflict Resolution 59, 1273-1300.

[with Sascha Füllbrunn and Utz Weitzel] Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 107B, 810-826.

Economics Letters 123, 33-36.

[with Matthias Heinz and Steffen Juranek), Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 83, 105-110.

  • Trust and Trustworthiness : A Survey of Gender Differences (2012)

in Psychology of Gender Differences, 2012, Sarah McGeowen (ed.) Sarah McGeown, New York: Nova Science Publishers

Revise and Resubmit

  • Decisions under Uncertainty in Social Contexts

[with Stephan Müller], R&R in Games and Economic Behavior.

  • Motivational Crowding Out Effects in Chartiable Giving: Experimental Evidence

[with Stephan Müller], R&R in Journal of Economic Psychology.