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. In all these activities we aim to reduce our carbon footprint and offset our remaining greenhouse gas emissions, making briq a certified carbon-neutral institute.


projects & cooperation

The Global Preferences Survey (GPS) is a globally representative dataset on risk and time preferences, positive and negative reciprocity, altruism, and trust. The project homepage describes the dataset, offers an interactive tool to compare preferences across countries, and allows researchers to download the questionnaires and access the data.

The briq Family Panel (BFP) tracks the impact of a mentoring program on children’s personality and skill development. The 8th wave has now been completed, with the 9th wave in preparation and about 500 families still participating. The project is supported by Eleven – Verein für Kinder- und Jugendförderung e.V. and cooperates with the DIW Berlin in terms of data collection within the SOEP.

The ERC funded MORALITY project aims at enhancing our understanding of the critical role of institutions in affecting moral transgression. This includes the influence of market interaction on morality as well as of the role of organizational features on immoral outcomes.

The Germany Talks (Deutschland Spricht) project is an initiative by the German weekly DIE ZEIT, which brought together thousands of people with conflicting viewpoints for face-to-face discussions about politics. A briq research team evaluated to what extent these conversations changed peoples’ stereotypes, prejudice and political attitudes, and whether this had a positive impact on perceived social cohesion.

university of bonn

Our close cooperation with the University of Bonn includes the Cluster of Excellence ECONtribute: Markets & Public Policy and the Collaborative Research Center Economic Perspectives on Societal Challenges: Equality of Opportunity, Market Regulation, and Financial Stability - EPoS. In addition, the briq Scholarship Program continues to provide support to students from the Bonn Graduate School of Economics (BGSE).

briq scholarship

Since 2016, briq and the Bonn Graduate School of Economics (BGSE) have a formal agreement for the promotion of young researchers. About 20 selected BGSE students directly benefit from this cooperation through scholarships.

former briq student fellows

  • Basic, Zvonimir (graduated 2018)
  • Graeber, Thomas (graduated 2018)
  • Hofmeier, Jana (graduated 2019)
  • Kießling, Lukas (graduated 2020)
  • Kulms, Marius (graduated 2020)
  • Radbruch, Jonas (graduated 2020)
  • Schaube, Sebastian (graduated 2018)
  • Stans, Renske (graduated 2020)
  • Stötzer, Lasse (graduated 2020, Portrait in briq newsroom)
  • Strang, Louis (graduated 2019)
  • Suchy, Rafael
  • Walders, Fabian (graduated 2018)
  • Winkelmann, Justus (graduated 2018)