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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[21] Economic Preferences and Compliance in the Social Stress Test of the COVID-19 Crisis [with Stephan Müller], Forthcoming in Journal of Public Economics.

[20] Procedural Unfair Wage Differentials and their Effects on Unethical Behavior [with Kerstin Grosch], Economic Inquiry 58, 1689-1706, 2020.

[19] Gender Differences in Multi-Employee Gift Exchange with Self-Reported Contributions (with Veronika Grimm and Simeon Schächtele), PLoS ONE 15(9): e0238236, 2020.

[18] Gender Bias in the Evaluation of Teaching Materials [with Asri Özgümüs, Stefan T. Trautmann and Christian König-Kersting], Frontiers in Psychology 11, 1074, 2020.

[17] Motivational Crowding Out Effects in Charitable Giving: Experimental Evidence [with Stephan Müller], Journal of Economic Psychology 76, 102210, 2020.

[16] The Suitability of Peer Education to Improve Diabetes Management and Outcomes in a low-income Setting: A Randomized Controlled Trial (with T. Seuring, Marthoenis, S. Rhode, L. Rogge L, S. Besançon, H. Zufry, H. Sofyan, and S. Vollmer), Trials 20: 548, 2019.

[15] The Disposition Effect when Deciding on Behalf of Others [with Daniel Hermann and Oliver Mußhoff], Journal of Economic Psychology 74, 102192, 2019

[14] Too Cold for Warm Glow? Christmas-season Effects in Charitable Giving [with Stephan Müller], PLoS ONE 14(5): e0215844, 2019.

[13] Decisions under Uncertainty in Social Contexts [with Stephan Müller], Games and Economic Behavior 116, 73-95, 2019.

[12] Minimizing Learning in Repeated Real-Effort Tasks [with Volker Benndorf and Christian Sölch], Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance 22, 239-248, 2019.

[11] Do Discriminatory Leniency Policies Fight Hard-Core Cartels? (2019) [with Georg Clemens], Journal of Economics & Management Strategy 28, 336-354, 2019.

[10] Gender Differences in Motivational Crowding Out of Work Performance (2019) [with Volker Benndorf und Christian Sölch), Economic Inquiry 57, 206-226, 2019.

[9] On the Impact of Quotas and Decision Rules in Collective Bargaining (2017)

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

[8] Gender Differences in Honesty: The Role of Social Value Orientation (2017)

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

[7] How Competitiveness May Cause a Gender Wage Gap: Experimental Evidence (2016)

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

[6] The Relation of Risk Attitudes and Other-Regarding Preferences: A Within-Subjects Analysis (2016)

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

[5] The Disposition Effect in Team Investment Decisions: Experimental Evidence (2015)

Journal of Banking and Finance 61, 272-282.

[4] Simultaneous and Sequential Contributions to Step-level Public Goods One versus Two Provision Levels (2015)

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

[3] Does Ambiguity Aversion Survive in Experimental Asset Markets? (2014)

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

[2] The Disposition Effect and Loss Aversion: Do Gender Differences Matter? (2014)

Economics Letters 123, 33-36.

[1] Do Women Behave More Reciprocally than Men? Gender Differences in Real-Effort Dictator Games (2012)

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

Book contribution:

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