Jakob Alfitian


I am a doctoral candidate in personnel economics at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Cologne. I hold a Master's degree in Economics (M.Sc.) and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration (B.Sc.), both from the University of Cologne.

I study which management practices firms should (or should not) adopt to meet their objectives, using both field experiments and observational data at the firm level.

I am also interested in exploring the potentially unintended (behavioral) consequences of managerial decisions. In particular, I focus on non-standard outcomes such as employee absenteeism or pay equity.


peer-reviewed paper

When Bonuses Backfire: Evidence from the Workplace
(with Dirk Sliwka and Timo Vogelsang)
Management Science (forthcoming)

Media Coverage:
[Harvard Business manager]

working paper

The Hidden Costs of Dismissal: Behavioral Consequences of Impending Termination
(with Timo Vogelsang)
Revision requested at Journal of Labor Economics
[working paper]

Closing the Gender Gap in Salary Increases: Evidence from a Field Experiment on Promoting Pay Equity
(with Marvin Deversi and Dirk Sliwka)
Revision requested at Journal of Labor Economics
[working paper]
Media Coverage:
[IZA World of Labor]

work in progress

Employee Absence and Firm Performance: Evidence from Retail

curriculum vitae

Please find my curriculum vitae here.