Matthias Sutter

Research Fellow

Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Matthias Sutter (born 1968) has been Director at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods since August 2017. He is also part-time professor of experimental economics at the Universities of Cologne and Innsbruck. Previously he was working full-time at the European University Institute in Florence (2013-2014), at the University of Innsbruck (2006-2013), the University of Cologne (2005-2006, 2015-2017) and the Max Planck Institute of Economics Jena (2003-2005). He got his PhD in economics (1999) from the University of Innsbruck where he also finished his habilitation (2002). From July 2007 to June 2013 he was also Professor (part-time) at the University of Gothenburg. His research focuses on the experimental analysis of team decision making, credence goods markets and the development of economic decision making with age. He has published his work in all top-5 journals of economics (QJE, AER, JPE, ECMA, REStud), and also in Science, Nature Communications, PNAS, Management Science, Games and Economic Behavior, Economic Journal, or European Economic Review. He is currently Associate Editor of "Management Science", of "European Economic Review", of "Quantitative Economics" and of "Economics Letters", and Editorial Board Member of "Experimental Economics" and of "Journal of the Economic Science Association". He was Associate Editor of "Journal of the European Economic Association" (2017-2022) and "Journal of Economic Psychology" (2006-2010). His work earned him several prizes, among others the Hans Kelsen Prize of the University of Cologne (2017), the Exeter Prize for Research in Experimental Economics, Decision Theory and Behavioral Economics (2015), Science Prize of the State of Tyrol (2009), the Honorary Prize for Science of the State of Vorarlberg (2008) and the Oberbank Science Prize (2004). He also writes popular science books, in 2014 "Die Entdeckung der Geduld" (translated into Chinese and Turkish), in 2022 "Der menschliche Faktor oder worauf es im Berufsleben ankommt". The latter was published as an English edition as "Behavioral Economics for Leaders".

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in July 2007.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5204
revised version published in: European Economic Review, 2013, 60, 32-51
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5189
revised version published as 'Competition Between Organizational Groups: Its Impact on Altruistic and Anti-Social Motivations' in: Management Science, 2012, 58 (5), 948-960
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5127
revised version published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2012, 84 (2), 525-536
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5105
revised version published as 'Teams make you smarter: How exposure to teams improves individual decisions in probability and reasoning tasks' in: Management Science, 2013, 59 (6), 1255-1270
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5049
published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2016, 128, 265-285.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5016
published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2018, 146, 16-30.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5015
largely extended version published in: Management Science, 2015, 61 (10), 2339-2354
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4955
shortened version published as 'Affirmative action policies promote women and do not harm efficiency in the lab' in: Science, 2012, 335 (6068), 579-582
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4846
substantially extended version published as: 'Psychological Pressure in Competitive Environments: New Evidence from Randomized Natural Experiments' in: Management Science, 2012, 58 (8), 1585-1591
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4827
significantly revised version published as 'Shaping Beliefs in Experimental Markets for Expert Services: Guilt Aversion and the Impact of Promises and Money-Burning Options' in: Games and Economic Behavior, 2013, 81, 145-164