mission statement

The institute promotes innovative thinking and research in the fields of behavioral economics and the sources of inequality. This research aims at improving individual opportunities and social cohesion. briq provides a platform for the exchange of novel ideas and an infrastructure for the cooperation of international, top-level researchers. We believe that scientific, interdisciplinary research is a precondition for evidence-based policy advice and the evaluation of economic and social policies.



Our research focuses on understanding individual decision making and behavior, as well as the causes and consequences of inequality. Areas of research include the foundations of decision making, behavioral applications to the fields of public and labor economics, the study of discrimination, and the malleability of moral behavior. A particularly important research interest is early childhood development and the formation of socio-emotional and cognitive skills.


Our scientific approach leverages a combination of economic theory with lab and field experiments, the analysis of survey and administrative data, and large-scale randomized controlled trials (RCTs).

aims and scope

With the aim of fostering the exchange of ideas, we operate a visiting program for extended research visits which includes administrative support and teaching buyouts. We run a weekly seminar and organize workshops and conferences as well as two biannual summer schools, one on behavioral economics and one on human capital and inequality.


university of bonn

briq cooperates closely with the University of Bonn. Scientific collaboration is enhanced through joint research projects, joint hiring, and the support of the Bonn Graduate School of Economics (BGSE).

briq scholarship

Since 2016, the Institute on Behavior & Inequality (briq) and the Bonn Graduate School of Economics (BGSE) have a formal agreement for the promotion of young researchers. About 25 selected BGSE students directly benefit from this cooperation through scholarships.

current briq student fellows

Andre, Peter (since October 2016; Portrait)
Apenbrink, Christian (since September 2017)
Block, Simon (since October 2018)
Bodur, Elif (since April 2018)
Chopra, Felix (since October 2016)
Ehrmantraut, Laura (since August 2016)
Freyer, Timo (since October 2016)
Gabler, Janos (since October 2016)
Günther, Laurenz (since October 2019)
Henkel, Jan Luca (since July 2017)
Ho, Chui Yee (since April 2018)
Holler, Radost (since October 2018)
Klümper, Andreas (since August 2016)
Kohler, Thomas (since April 2018)
Kulms, Marius (since August 2016)
Preusser, Justus (since October 2018)
Röhrl, Klara (since October 2016; Portrait)
Schäfer, Paul (since October 2018)
Schmieden, Johannes Albert (since April 2018)
Schulze Tilling, Anna (since October 2018)
Stötzer, Lasse (since August 2016; Portrait)
Suchy, Rafael (since July 2019)
Stumpe, Valentin (since October 2018)
Walter, Sven (since August 2016; Portrait)

former briq student fellows

Basic, Zvonimir (graduated 2018)
Dohmen, Martin
Graeber, Thomas (graduated 2018)
Han, Jua-Jing
Hofmeier, Jana
Kießling, Lukas
Neuber, Thomas
Radbruch, Jonas
Schaube, Sebastian (graduated 2018)
Stans, Renske
Strang, Louis
Walders, Fabian (graduated 2018)
Winkelmann, Justus (graduated 2018)
Zimpelmann, Christian