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University of Osnabrueck

Institute of Environmental Systems Research
Barbarastr. 12
49076 Osnabrück

Room 66/E24
Tel: +49 541 969 2424
Fax: +49 541 969 2599



Dr. Ann-Kathrin Koessler

Behavioural Environmental Economics

The aim of my research is to generate a better understanding of human behavior in socio-ecological systems. I am particularly interested in how pro-social and pro-environmental behaviour can be motivated and strengthened and what policy instruments may be effective to do so.

In my research, I am employing experimental (lab and field), conceptual and theoretical methods.

Work in progress

    • Setting new behavioural standards: The effect and workings of (sustainability) pledges
    • The role of participatory workshops in sustainable development processes (with Juan-Felipe Ortiz-Riomalo and Stefanie Engel)
    • Behavioural Economics and agricultural policies (with Fabian Thomas and Stefanie Engel)
    • Heterogenities and social goods (with Julia Müller)
    • Self-reports in group efforts (with Maria Cubel, Robert Hoffmann, Santiago Sanchez)


      Pro-social Behaviour:

      • Who gives ? - On empathy and impulsiveness (with J. Andreoni and M. Serra-Garcia, 2017) [forthcoming in The Economics of Philanthropy (MIT press)]
      • Public statements of good intent help to sustain pro-social behaviour (with U. Dulleck and L. Page, 2017) [under review]
      • Moral pluralism in behavioural spillovers - A cross-disciplinary dialogue between a behavioural economist and a moral philosopher (with M. Vincent) [in progress, Please email for a copy]

      Environmental Policy:

      • Stupsende Agrarpolitik- Nudging zu einer nachhaltigen Landwirtschaft (with F. Thomas and S. Engel) [forthcoming in DIW Vierteljahresheft]
      • Policies as information carriers: (Potential) Perceptional and behavioural changes due to environmental policies (with S. Engel) [in progress, Please email for a copy]

      General Public Policy:


            • SS 2018: Environmental Behaviour and Policy
              This course aims to provide an understanding of the basic policy instruments how environmentally damaging behaviour can be regulated. Standard economic approaches as well as behaviour based interventions, such as nudges, will be discussed. The course is designed for an interdisciplinary audience and the language of instruction will be English.

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