Tobias Regner, Ph.D.
Max Planck Institute of Economics,
Strategic Interaction Group
Kahlaische Straße 10
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I am a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Economics since 10/2008. Before I worked two years for Oliver Kirchkamp's chair in Empirical and Experimental Economics at the University of Jena.
The two years prior to that I did a post-doc at Imperial College London. I worked as a research associate in two EU-funded projects of the 6th framework programme: TIRAMISU and DANAE.
From 2001 to 2004 I did my PhD at the University of Bristol's Economics department. My thesis is titled "The Economics of Information Goods - A Contract Theory Analysis" and was supervised by Maija Halonen-Akatwijuka.
I spent an ERASMUS exchange semester at Università Ca Foscari in Venice, while I studied economics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München where I graduated as Diplom-Volkswirt in 1999.
Research InterestsMy main research interests are:
- Behavioural and experimental economics (self-, social-image, reciprocity, emotions, identity)
- E-commerce (digital media, music industry, e-business models)
Voluntary payments are the focus of my research, especially if they take place in online environments. Do people pay more than they have to? If so, what are the underlying motivations for such behaviour?
I analyse this question with field data sets from online services. Survey data and lab experiments complement this approach in order to get a better understanding about the actual drivers of behaviour.
I am also interested in the implications these theoretical findings may have on online interaction. What are the effects on online industries such as the music industry or digital media in more general terms? And as online interaction becomes increasingly "social" or personal – by way of innovative communication technologies – what does that mean for our online payment behaviour?
You can download my papers from my SSRN site. Click on the title for an abstract:
- Regner, T. and G. Riener, "Voluntary Payments Privacy and Social Pressure on the Internet: A Natural Field Experiment"
- Ploner, M. and T. Regner, "Self-Image and Moral Balancing - An Experimental Analysis", Journal of Economic Behavior & Organisation, 93 (2013), 374–383
- Kataria, M. and T. Regner, "Honestly why are you donating money to charity? An experimental study about self-awareness in status-seeking behavior"
- Böhm, R. and T. Regner, "Charitable Giving Among Females and Males: An Empirical Test of the Competitive Altruism Hypothesis", Journal of Bioeconomics, Volume 15/3 (2013), 251–267
- Angelova, V. and T. Regner, "Do voluntary payments to advisors improve the quality of financial advice? An experimental sender-receiver game", Journal of Economic Behavior & Organisation, 93 (2013), 205–218
- Koppel, H. and T. Regner, "Corporate Social Responsibility in the work place - Experimental evidence on CSR from a gift-exchange game", in press: Experimental Economics
- Matthey, A. and T. Regner, "More than outcomes: A cognitive dissonance-based explanation of other-regarding behavior"
- Regner, T. and G. Riener, "Motivational Cherry Picking"
- Bracht, J. and T. Regner, "Moral Emotions and Partnership", Journal of Economic Psychology, Volume 39 (2013), 313–326
- Regner, T., "Why Consumers Pay Voluntarily: Evidence from Online Music"
- Regner, T. and N. S. Harth, "Testing belief-dependant models"
- Kataria, M. and T. Regner, "A note on the relationship between television viewing and individual happiness", Journal of Socio-Economics, Volume 40/1 (2011), 53–58
- Matthey, A. and T. Regner, "On the Independence of History: Experience Spill-overs between Experiments", Theory and Decision, Volume 75/3 (2013), 403–419
- Güth, W., M. Ploner and T. Regner, "Determinants of In-group Bias: Is Group Affiliation Mediated by Guilt-aversion?", Journal of Economic Psychology, 30 (2009), 814-827
- Matthey, A. and T. Regner, "Do I really want to know? A cognitive dissonance-based explanation of other-regarding behavior", Games, 2 (2011), 114-135
- Regner, T., "Social Preferences? Google Answers!", forthcoming: Games and Economic Behavior
- Regner, T. and J. Barria, "Do Consumers Pay Voluntarily? The Case of Online Music", Journal of Economic Behavior and Organisation, 71 (2009), 395–406
- Regner, T., J. Barria, J. Pitt and B. Neville, "An Artist Life-Cycle Model for Digital Media Content: Strategies for the Light Web and the Dark Web", Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, 8 (2009), 334–342
- Halonen-Akatwijuka, M. and T. Regner, "Digital Technology and the Allocation of Ownership in the Music Industry"
- Regner, T., J. Barria, J. Pitt and B. Neville, "Governance of Digital Content in the Era of Mass Participation", Electronic Commerce Research, Volume 10/1 (2010), 99-110
- Regner, T., "Efficient Contracts for Digital Content"
Please visit my website for details (dates & materials) about my lectures.