Simone Haeckl, MScResearch and Teaching Associate @


I am a research and teaching associate and a PhD candidate at the WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business under the supervision of Rupert Sausgruber and Jean-Robert Tyran. You can find my CV here.

My interests lie in behavioral and experimental economics, and more specifically in individual decision making. In my thesis I discuss behavioral motives to work hard, like intrinsic motivation overconfidence, or git. More recently, I am engaged in field experiments and policy projects in the area of educational interventions.


Working Papers

Work Motivation and Teams, with Rupert Sausgruber and Jean-Robert Tyran. Discussion Papers 18-08. University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. (Download)

We provide a new measure of work motivation and show that motivation shapes the effects of team incentives and observation by peers on performance. In particular, we measure motivation to work hard as the deviation from the money-maximizing benchmark in a real-effort experiment. While we find that average output increases in response to team incentives and observation, we find that highly motivated workers do not respond. The reason is that highly motivated workers already work hard and increasing effort even further is very costly to them.

A Note on Overconfidence, Gender and Feedback, single-authored. (Email me for the most recent draft)

I study gender differences in self-assessments. Subjects assess their relative performance prior to a real effort task in a 2x2 design. On the first dimension, the design varies whether the self-assessment is made public. On the second dimension, it varies whether the actual performance and thereby the accuracy of self-assessment is also made public. In line with social signaling theory, I find that women increase their self-assessment when it is observable but only when the actual performance remains private. I find no effects for men. Furthermore, I investigate if subjects who ex-ante over-state their ability provide more effort ex post. I find no evidence for such a motivational effect of ex-ante self-assessments.

Work in Progress

Gender-Biased Perceptions in Non-Cognitive Skills: An Experimental Analysis of Grit, with Melis Kartal.

Evaluation of an Intervention for Disadvantaged Children in Viennese Primary Schools, with Melis Kartal and Rupert Sausgruber.

Can External Role Models Change Students' Beliefs about Careers in Technology and Innovation?, with Julia Schmieder.


  • Public Economics II, Bachelors Level (Lecturer joint with Thomas Stephens/ Luyao Zhang), WU, Vienna, 2017/18/19
  • Public Sector Economics, Masters Level (Lecturer joint with Rupert Sausgruber and Melis Kartal) WU, Vienna, 2016/17
  • Economic and Financial Policy, Bachelors Level (single Lecturer), WU, Vienna, 2015/16/17