Simon Gächter is Professor of the Psychology of Economic Decision Making at the University of Nottingham. He previously held the chair in Applied Microeconomics at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Simon Gächter received his post-graduate education at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna and his PhD in 1994 from the University of Vienna. He then worked as a lecturer at the University of Vienna and the University of Linz. In 1994 he became an assistant professor at the University of Zürich, where he did his Habilitation in Economics in 1999.

Simon Gächter's research interests are in the fields of behavioral and experimental economics. He is particularly interested in behavioral issues in the labour economics, and in organizational and personnel economics. Another research interest concerns issues of voluntary provision of public goods and solutions to free rider problems. Simon Gächter has published in Econometrica, American Economic Review, Science, Nature, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of the European Economic Association, Management Science, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, among others.

In 2005 Simon Gächter received the Gossen Prize of the Verein fur Socialpolitik and in 2009 he was elected into the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. He is also a Fellow of the European Economic Association.

Simon Gächter was recently awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Investigator Grant on the Behavioural Economics of Cooperation (05/2012-04/2017). He is also a co-investigator of the UK ESRC-funded "Network of Integrated Behavioural Science (NIBS)".

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2003.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10754
Simon Gächter, Lingbo Huang, Martin Sefton
revised version published in Economic Inquiry 56(3), July 2018, 1512-1525; doi:10.1111/ecin.12498
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10517
Antonio A. Arechar, Simon Gächter, Lucas Molleman
revised version published in: Experimental Economics, 21(1), March 2018, 99-131; doi:10.1007/s10683-017-9527-2
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9616
revised version published in European Economic Review 90, November 2016, 280-301; doi:10.1016/j.euroecorev.2016.03.008
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9615
Simon Gächter, Leonie Gerhards, Daniele Nosenzo
revised version published in European Economic Review 97, August 2017, 72-86; doi:10.1016/j.euroecorev.2017.06.001
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9241
revised version published in: Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2019, 111, 53 - 69
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9041
Simon Gächter, Lingbo Huang, Martin Sefton
revised version published in: Experimental Economics 19(4), December 2016, 287-712; doi: 10.1007/s10683-015-9465-9
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8954
published in: Journal of the Economic Science Association, 2015, 1(1), 43-58; doi:10.1007/s40881-015-0007-1
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8580
revised version published as 'Leaders as role models and 'belief managers' in social dilemmas' in: Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2018, 154, 321-334
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8504
revised version published in Journal of Public Economics 150, June 2017, 1-13, doi:10.1016/j.jpubeco.2017.03.002
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6345
published in: Journal of the European Economic Association, 2013, 11 (3), 548-573; doi:10.1111/jeea.12015
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6277
a revised version is published as: 'Peer effects and social preferences in voluntary cooperation: A theoretical and experimental analysis' in: Journal of Economic Psychology.48, 72-88, 2015; doi:10.1016/j.joep.2015.03.001
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4687
revised version published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2010, 76 (3), 531-543; doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2010.08.008
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3914
published in: Economic Inquiry, 2012, 50 (4), 867–879; 10.1111/j.1465-7295.2010.00295.x
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3639
published in: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2012, 114 (4), 1346-1367; doi:10.1111/j.1467-9442.2012.01730.x
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2236
Simon Gächter, Benedikt Herrmann
revised version published in: European Economic Review, 2011, 55(2), 193-210; doi:10.1016/j.euroecorev.2010.04.003
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2011
substantially revised and split up versions published as: (1) 'Social Preferences, Beliefs, and the Dynamics of Free Riding in Public Goods' in: American Economic Review, 2010, 100 (1), 541-556; and (2) 'The Behavioral Validity of the Strategy Method in Public Goods Experiments', Journal of Economic Psychology, 2012, 33 (4), 897-913
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1381
published in: Economic Inquiry, 2013, 51 (1), 563–578; doi:10.1111/j.1465-7295.2010.00332.x
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1375
published in: Social Choice and Welfare, 2006, 27, 571-594; doi:0.1007/s00355-006-0141-z