Participant information on data protection

Who is responsible for the study?

Responsible for the execution of the study and, therefore, for the processing of your data are:

Armin Falk & Peter Andre
Contact email:
briq - Behavior and Inequality Research Institute GmbH
Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 5–9
53113 Bonn, Germany

What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of the study is to improve our understanding of science, in particular, how research topics are or ought to be chosen in economics. Since we are interested in unbiased responses, we cannot provide any further details on the background of this research project. All necessary information will be provided in due time.

What happens to my data?

All participating employees and scientists work in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Regulation, the Federal Data Protection Act, and the relevant State Data Protection Acts.

We are working on the project together with other researchers, institutes and laboratories in the EU. For this project, we cooperate with research institutions, universities, institutes or laboratories which are not based in the EU. In general, these partners only receive anonymized data. In all other cases, we contractually oblige our partners to process the data as securely as is required in the EU. Those contracts are accepted by the EU for this purpose.

Your data will be stored under a pseudonym as long as it is necessary for the purpose of this research -- prospectively for about twenty years. In the analysis of your survey data, the researchers will only know your pseudonym and cannot draw any conclusions about your person. This will be ensured through technical and organizational measures. The pseudonymized survey data will be stored and analyzed on a secure server. Once the research project has been completed and all surveys have been carried out, your data will be anonymized.

The pseudonymized survey data will be matched with publication databases such as Econlit or Scopus, mostly with data from economic publications. Moreover, the survey data might be matched with publicly available information that can typically be found in academic CVs such as data on academic awards, editorship, and research interests. These data might be continuously updated in the future. Additional survey waves are also possible.

Your data will be stored on a server within the EU, which is not operated by briq. We have taken all necessary precautions with the operator of the server and finalized all contracts which are necessary in order to comply with data protection. The survey data might be made available in anonymous form to third parties for scientific research.

What rights do I have?

You have the right to obtain information about the personal data stored about you (Art. 15 GDPR). Furthermore, you have the right to request survey data, which you have provided to us and which are automatically processed by us in a common, machine-readable format (data transferability according to Art. GDPR), free of charge. Should incorrect data be processed, you have the right to rectification (Art. 16 GDPR). When the legal requirements are met, you have the right to request the deletion or restriction of the processing and submit an objection against the processing of your data (Art. 17, 18 and 21 GDPR).

You can also contact our external data protection officer:

Johannes Baeck
2B Advice GmbH
Joseph-Schumpeter-Allee 25
53227 Bonn, Germany

You have the right to complain to the competent data protection authorities. The data protection authority responsible for us is:

State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information North Rhine-Westphalia
PO Box 20 04 44
40102 Düsseldorf