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Discipline name D-index D-index (Discipline H-index) only includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline in contrast to General H-index which accounts for publications across all disciplines. Citations Publications World Ranking National Ranking
Economics and Finance D-index 103 Citations 108,635 222 World Ranking 35 National Ranking 3

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Awards & Achievements

2017 - Foreign Honorary Member, the American Economic Association

2009 - Member of Academia Europaea

2008 - Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

2008 - Fellows of the Econometric Society

2007 - Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

2002 - German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina - Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina – Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften Economics and Empirical Social Sciences

Elected Fellow of the European Economic Association


What is he best known for?

The fields of study he is best known for:

  • Law
  • Social psychology
  • Microeconomics

His primary areas of investigation include Social psychology, Microeconomics, Positive economics, Altruism and Incentive. He studied Social psychology and Politics that intersect with Friendship, Relevance and Prosocial behavior. He has researched Microeconomics in several fields, including Simple, Involuntary unemployment and Punishment.

His Positive economics research incorporates themes from Reciprocity and Market integration. His work is dedicated to discovering how Altruism, Social group are connected with Ingroups and outgroups, Outgroup and Experimental economics and other disciplines. His Incentive research is multidisciplinary, incorporating perspectives in Punishment, Competition, Public economics and Collective action.

His most cited work include:

  • A theory of fairness, competition and cooperation (7452 citations)
  • Altruistic punishment in humans. (3640 citations)
  • Cooperation and Punishment in Public Goods Experiments (2827 citations)

What are the main themes of his work throughout his whole career to date?

Ernst Fehr mainly investigates Microeconomics, Social psychology, Incentive, Positive economics and Social preferences. His biological study spans a wide range of topics, including Reciprocity and Enforcement. His research ties Cognitive psychology and Social psychology together.

His study on Incentive is mostly dedicated to connecting different topics, such as Wage. His Positive economics research is multidisciplinary, incorporating elements of Social relation and Reciprocity. He frequently studies issues relating to Third-party punishment and Norm.

He most often published in these fields:

  • Microeconomics (24.68%)
  • Social psychology (22.65%)
  • Incentive (14.73%)

What were the highlights of his more recent work (between 2015-2021)?

  • Social psychology (22.65%)
  • Econometrics (4.05%)
  • Social preferences (11.23%)

In recent papers he was focusing on the following fields of study:

His primary scientific interests are in Social psychology, Econometrics, Social preferences, Microeconomics and Trustworthiness. His studies deal with areas such as Preference and Action as well as Social psychology. His work on Revealed preference as part of general Econometrics research is frequently linked to Response time and Random utility models, bridging the gap between disciplines.

His work deals with themes such as Political agenda, Sociality, Public economics and Direct democracy, which intersect with Social preferences. His work is connected to Incomplete contracts and Incentive, as a part of Microeconomics. While the research belongs to areas of Enforcement, Ernst Fehr spends his time largely on the problem of Norm, intersecting his research to questions surrounding Welfare, Peer punishment and Positive economics.

Between 2015 and 2021, his most popular works were:

  • Redefine statistical significance (993 citations)
  • Genome-wide association analyses of risk tolerance and risky behaviors in over 1 million individuals identify hundreds of loci and shared genetic influences (189 citations)
  • The brain’s functional network architecture reveals human motives (67 citations)

In his most recent research, the most cited papers focused on:

  • Law
  • Social psychology
  • Microeconomics

His main research concerns Social psychology, Cognitive psychology, Econometrics, Statistical significance and Genome-wide association study. The study incorporates disciplines such as Cognition and Slippery slope in addition to Social psychology. His research on Cognitive psychology also deals with topics like

  • Ventral striatum together with Happiness, Pledge, Empathy, Altruism and Functional networks,
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging, which have a strong connection to Temptation, Intertemporal choice, Child development, Prefrontal cortex and Ventromedial prefrontal cortex.

He works mostly in the field of Econometrics, limiting it down to topics relating to Preference and, in certain cases, Value, as a part of the same area of interest. Ernst Fehr combines subjects such as SNP and Genetic association with his study of Genome-wide association study. The concepts of his Value study are interwoven with issues in Incentive, Microeconomics, Neuroeconomics, Resource and Time allocation.

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Best Publications

A theory of fairness, competition and cooperation

Ernst Fehr;Klaus M. Schmidt.
Quarterly Journal of Economics (1999)

13256 Citations

Altruistic punishment in humans.

Ernst Fehr;Simon Gächter.
Nature (2002)

6241 Citations

Cooperation and Punishment in Public Goods Experiments

Ernst Fehr;Simon Gächter.
The American Economic Review (2000)

5223 Citations

Oxytocin increases trust in humans

Michael Kosfeld;Markus Heinrichs;Paul J. Zak;Urs Fischbacher.
Nature (2005)

4601 Citations

Fairness and Retaliation: The Economics of Reciprocity

Ernst Fehr;Simon Gächter.
Journal of Economic Perspectives (2000)

4399 Citations

The nature of human altruism

Ernst Fehr;Urs Fischbacher.
Nature (2003)

4094 Citations

In search of homo economicus: Behavioral experiments in 15 small-scale societies

Joseph Henrich;Robert Boyd;Samuel Bowles;Colin F. Camerer.
The American Economic Review (2001)

3416 Citations

Are people conditionally cooperative? Evidence from a public goods experiment

Urs Fischbacher;Simon Gächter;Ernst Fehr.
Economics Letters (2001)

3156 Citations

“Economic man” in cross-cultural perspective: Behavioral experiments in 15 small-scale societies

Joseph Henrich;Robert Boyd;Samuel Bowles;Colin Camerer.
Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2005)

2295 Citations

The Neural Basis of Altruistic Punishment

Dominique J.-F. de Quervain;Urs Fischbacher;Valerie Treyer;Melanie Schellhammer.
Science (2004)

2258 Citations

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Profile was last updated on December 6th, 2021.
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