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Professor Nieken

Prof. Dr. Petra Nieken

Head of Chair
Office Hours: 

Tuesday 2:00-3:30 PM (appointment via e-mail)

Room: 105
Phone: +49 721 608-42877
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Curriculum Vitae

Professor Dr. Petra Nieken is head of the Chair Human Resource Management at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) since 2014 and adjunct associate professor at the Economics Department at the University of Stavanger, Norway since 2013. From 2013 to 2014 Prof. Nieken spent an extended period of time as a visiting scholar at the Economics Department at UC Berkeley. Before joining KIT she held a research position at the Institute of Applied Microeconomics at the University of Bonn and was part of the DFG Collaborative Research Center “Governance and the Efficiency of Economic Systems.” She obtained her PhD at the University of Cologne as a scholar of the DFG Research Training Group “Risk Management.” During her PhD-studies she worked as a research assistant at the Seminar of Personnel Economics and Human Resource Management at the University of Cologne.

The research interests of Prof. Nieken lie in the fields of personnel economics, organizational economics, and human resource management. Her projects deal for instance with the influence of incentives in organizations, the design of promotion mechanisms, or performance measurement and evaluation systems. She is also interested in the impact of gender differences on labor market success and the effects of (non-)monetary rewards on employee motivation. Her work has been published in, amongst others, the European Economic Review, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy.





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Articles in Refereed Journals

  1. Heterogeneous Contestants and Effort Provision in Tournaments – An Empirical Investigation with Professional Sports Data (with J. Berger), Journal of Sports Economics, 2016, 17 (7), pp. 631 ‐ 660
  2. Hidden Benefits of Reward – A Field Experiment On Motivation and Monetary Incentives (with O. Kvaløy and A. Schöttner), European Economic Review, 2015, 76, p. 188 - 199
  3. Management Changes, Reputation, and “Big Bath”-Earnings Management (with D. Sliwka), Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, 2015, 24 (3), p. 664 - 685
  4. Relative Performance Pay in the Shadow of Crisis (with M. Kräkel), European Economic Review, 2015, 74, p. 244 - 268
  5. Gender Differences in Competition and Sabotage (with S. Dato), Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2014, 100, p. 64 - 80
  6. Risk Taking and Investing in Electoral Competition (with M. Kräkel and J. Przemeck), European Journal of Political Economy, 2014, 33, p. 98 - 120
  7. Information Policy in Tournaments with Sabotage (with O. Gürtler and J. Münster), Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2013, 115 (3), p. 932 - 966
  8. Social Ties and Subjective Performance Evaluations ‐ An Empirical Investigation (with K. Breuer and D. Sliwka), Review of Managerial Science, 2013, 7 (2), p. 141 - 157
  9. Repeated Moral Hazard and Contracts with Memory: A Laboratory Experiment (with P. W. Schmitz), Games and Economic Behavior, 2012, 75 (2), p. 1000 – 1008
  10. On the Choice of Risk and Effort in Tournaments ‐ Experimental Evidence, Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, 2010, 19 (3), p. 811 - 840
  11. Risk‐Taking in Tournaments ‐ Theory and Experimental Evidence (with D. Sliwka), Journal of Economic Psychology, 2010, 31 (3), p. 254 - 268


Working Papers

  1. Bad Boys, good Girls?! - What causes the Gender Gap in Sabotage? (with Simon Dato), mimeo, Karlsruher Institut of Technology
  2. Compensation and Honesty: Gender Differences in Lying (with Simon Dato), mimeo, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  3. Whom to choose as a Team Mate? A Lab Experiment about In-Group Favoritism (with A. Hammermann and A. Mohnen), IZA Discussion Paper No. 6286
  4. Overconfidence and Managers’ Responsibility Hoarding (with A. Sadrieh and N. Zhou), SFB TR 15 Discussion Paper No. 368
  5. Incentive Effects in Asymmetric Tournaments: Empirical Evidence from the German Hockey League (with M. Stegh), SFB TR 15 Discussion Paper No. 305
  6. Personality as Predictor of Occupational Choice: Empirical Evidence from Germany (with S. Störmer), University of Hamburg Discussion Paper No. 8/2010