Department of Environmental and Behavioral Economics

Welcome to the Department of Environmental and Behavioral Economics!

We do research, teach, and inform policy and society in the fields of environmental and behavioral economics. See here for more information about our research.


From the left: Sven Christens, Philipp Händel, Elina Khachatryan, Sonja Zitzelsberger, Astrid Dannenberg, Marcel Lumkowsky, Christiane Großberndt


“Solarcampus” wins Hessian Teaching Award

The course Solarcampus has been awarded with the “Hessischer Hochschulpreis für Exzellenz in der Lehre” (Hessian University Award for Excellence in Teaching). The Minister of Science, Angela Dorn, presented the 1st prize, worth 60.000 Euros, on 2nd July 2020 in Wiesbaden.

Solarcampus has been organized at the University of Kassel for 30 semesters. The idea of this special course is to let the students work like an engineering office, which helps local organizations and practitioners to become more sustainable and energy efficient. Highlights of the course include collaborations with the prison in Kassel and the cinema group Filmladen Kassel e.V. (see here).

The award was granted to Prof. Dr. Klaus Vajen, Dominik Ritter and Dieter Kreibaum from the Department of Solar and Systems Engineering, Prof. Dr. Astrid Dannenberg from the Department of Environmental and Behavioral Economics and Prof. Dr. Heike Wetzel and Victor von Loessl from the Department of Energy Economics.

Link to press release (in German)


Responsibility and prosocial behavior - Experimental evidence on charitable donations by individuals and group representatives

Astrid Dannenberg, Peter Martinsson

Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (2020)

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A comparison of individual and group behavior in a competition with cheating opportunities

Astrid Dannenberg, Elina Khachatryan

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (2020)

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Cooperative behavior and common pool resources: Experimental evidence from community forest user groups in Nepal

Randy Bluffstone, Astrid Dannenberg, Peter Martinsson, Prakash Jha, Rajesh Bista

World Development (2020)



The choice of institutions to solve cooperation problems: a survey of experimental research

Astrid Dannenberg and Carlo Gallier

Experimental Economics (2020)

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