Katrin Schmelz

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Konstanz and Thurgau Economic Institute

Katrin Schmelz is a behavioral economist and psychologist at the University of Konstanz and Thurgau Institute of Economics (TWI)

Katrin studies the relationship between (intrinsic) motivation and incentives, and the influence of culture and institutions on behavior. She holds a postgraduate degree in psychology (University of Jena). Her PhD dissertation in economics at the Max Planck Institute for Economics in Jena (first supervisor Simon Gächter) received the Heinz Sauermann Prize of the GfeW (German Association for Experimental Economic Research e.V.). She is a postdoctoral researcher at Urs Fischbacher's Chair of Applied Economic Research at the University of Konstanz and the Thurgau Economic Institute (TWI) and member of the Cluster of Excellence “The Politics of Inequality” at the University of Konstanz. Two of her recent papers on how anti-COVID-19 policies change citizens’ preferences and beliefs appeared in PNAS. She has also published in Experimental Economics, The Journal of Neuroscience, and Human Brain Mapping. Her commentaries on public policy have appeared in the Washington Post, Deutschlandfunk, LSE COVID-19 blog, Ökonomenstimme, and other media outlets around the world.

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