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Israel Waichman

PhD in Economics
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Prof. Dr. Israel Waichman holds a PhD in Economics (Dr. sc. pol., 2009) from the University of Kiel. While engaged in his PhD studies, he also completed the advanced study program in International Economics Policy Research at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. Before that he attained a European Master in Law and Economics (2004) and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Haifa, Israel. Prior to his appointment at Bard College Berlin, Israel Waichman was an assistant professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at the (Alfred-Weber-Institute) University of Heidelberg.

Prof. Dr. Waichman is a behavioral economist who is using controlled experiments to study issues mainly related to environmental economics and sustainability. In particular, his research focuses on institutions that could potentially overcome collective-action problems (such as sufficient provision of public goods and avoiding the tragedy of the commons) and also on experimental investigations of environmental policy instruments (such as emission permit trading schemes). Prof. Dr. Waichman publishes his research in internationally renowned journals among them Nature Communications, European Economic ReviewJournal of Environmental Economics and ManagementExperimental EconomicsEconomics LettersEconomic InquiryJournal of Economic Psychology, and Environmental & Resource Economics.

Finally, Prof. Dr. Waichman is also interested in the practical implementation of behavioral and experimental methods. He was the academic advisor to a European Commission project using behavioral experiment to investigate the merits of geographical indication regulation. He is also among the founding members of SINE, a berlin-based Think and Do Tank offering solutions for data sharing dilemmas.

Courses taught
Microeconomics for social science / economics
Mathematics for social science / economics
Cost Benefit Analysis
Experimental Economics
Environmental and Resource Economics

Publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • "Challenging the conventional wisdom: Experimental evidence on heterogeneity and coordination in avoiding a collective catastrophic event," in press, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (with Till Requate, Markus Karde, and Manfred Milinski)
  • "The effects of contemporaneous peer punishment on cooperation with the future", 2020, Nature Communications, 11, 1815 (with Joannes Lohse)
  • "Is there no "I" in "TEAM"? Interindividual-intergroup discontinuity effect in a Cournot competition experiment", 2020, Journal of Economic Psychology, 77, 102181 (with Korbinian von Blackenburg)
  • "Linking wealth and punishment effectiveness: Punishment and cooperation under congruent heterogeneities", 2020, Economic Inquiry, 58, 86-103
  • "Tell the truth or not? The Montero mechanism for emissions control at work", 2019 Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 95, 133-152 (with Till Requate, Eva Camacho Cuena, and Ch'ng Kean Siang)
  • "When punishment strikes late. The effect of a delay in punishment and punishment feedback on cooperation and efficiency", 2019, Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics, 12(1), 1-17 (with Lukas Stenzel)
  • "Payment procedure and generalizability of social dilemma experiments", 2016, Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics, 9(3-4), 200-216 (with Andreas Voss)
  • "Group size and the (in)efficiency of pure public good provision". 2016, European Economic Review, 85, 272–287 (with Johannes Diederich, and Timo Goeschl)
  • "Old age and prosocial behavior: Social preferences or experimental confounds?", 2016, Journal of Economic Psychology, 53, 118–130 (with Sara E. Kettner)
  • "Reciprocity in labor market relationships: Evidence from an experiment across high-income OECD countries", 2015, Games, 6, 473-494 (with Ch’ng Kean Siang, Till Requate, Aric Shafran, Eva Camacho-Cuena, Yoshio Iida, and Shosh Sharabani)
  • "Communication in Cournot competition: An experimental study", 2014, Journal of Economic Psychology, 42, 1-16 (with Ch’ng Kean Siang and Till Requate)
  • "Do short-term laboratory experiments provide valid descriptions of long-term economic  interactions? A study of Cournot Markets", 2014, Experimental Economics, 17(3), 371-390 (with Hans-Theo Normann and Till Requate)
  • "Equal split in the informal market for group train travel", 2013, Economics Letters, 118(2), 327-329 (with Till Requate, and Artem Korzhenevych)
  • "Investment incentives under emission trading: An experimental study", 2012, Environmental and Resource Economics, 53(2), 229-249 (with Eva Camacho-Cuena, and Till Requate)
  • "Farmers' performance and subject pool effect in decentralized bargaining markets", 2012, Economics Letters, 115(3), 366-368 (with Christiane Ness)
  • "On the role of social wage comparisons in gift-exchange", 2011, Economics Letters, 112(1), 75-78 (with Ch’ng Kean Siang, and Till Requate)
  • "“A profit table or a profit calculator?” A note on the design of Cournot oligopoly experiments", 2011, Experimental Economics, 14(1), 36-46 (with Till Requate)
  • "Managers and students playing Cournot - evidence from duopoly and triopoly experiments", 2011, Applied Economics Letters, 18(2), 115-120 (with Ch’ng kean Siang, and Till Requate)
  • "A comparison of bootstrap and Monte-Carlo testing approaches to Value-at-Risk diagnosis", 2010, Computational Statistics, 25(4), 725-732 (with Helmut Herwartz)
  • "A Cournot experiment with managers and students: Evidence from Germany and Malaysia", 2010, B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 10, Article 30 (with Ch’ng kean Siang, and Till Requate)
  • "Comercios de derechos de emisión, adopción de tecnología y heterogeneidad de industrias: un enfoque experimental", 2009, Cuadernos Económicos de I.C.E., 77, 69-94 (with Eva Camacho-Cuena, Till Requate, and Jose Luis Zofío, in Spanish)

Prof. Dr. Israel Waichman
Phone: +49 30 43733 232
Email: i.waichman[at]berlin.bard.edu