Welcome to Henning Hermes’ personal website!

I am an Assistant Professor at the FAIR Center of Excellence at Norwegian School of Economics Bergen (Norway). In addition, I am an IZA Research Affiliate and a Research Fellow at CIDER.

Currently, I am visiting Goethe University of Frankfurt and the Frankfurt Laboratory for Experimental Economic Research (FLEX) for a research stay.

I will be on the 2020/2021 Job Market and available for interviews at the (virtual) EEA and ASSA meetings.

In my job market paper, we conduct a field experiment showing that the socioeconomic gap in take-up of universal child care is substantially determined by behavioral barriers. The paper will be presented at the ASSA 2021 meeting as part of our submitted session on Field Experiments in Early Childhood Education and Care.

I am a behavioral and experimental economist focusing on topics in labor, education, and the formation of (noncognitive) skills. In addition, I have projects in the areas of digital learning as well as paternalistic decision making. My methodology focuses on experiments (field, lab, lab-in-the-field, and survey experiments) but I also have ongoing projects analyzing secondary data. I studied Economics and Psychology at the University of Mainz, where I also pursued my PhD (supervised by Daniel Schunk and Ernst Fehr).

I am happy about your interest in my work – I hope to provide an overview here on this website. You can also follow me on Twitter to stay updated about my research. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact me or take a look at my CV.

Curriculum Vitae



Do Children Cooperate Conditionally? Adapting the Strategy Method for First-Graders

(with F. Hett, M. Mechtel, F. Schmidt, D. Schunk & V. Wagner). Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 179 (2020), 638-652.

Working Papers

The Impact of Working Memory Training on Children's Cognitive and Noncognitive Skills

(with Eva Berger, Ernst Fehr, Daniel Schunk, and Kirsten Winkel)

If You Could Read My Mind—An Experimental Beauty-Contest Game with Children

(with Daniel Schunk), Revise & Resubmit at Experimental Economics.

Motivating Low-Achievers—Relative Performance Feedback in Primary Schools

(with Martin Huschens, Franz Rothlauf, and Daniel Schunk), Revise & Resubmit at Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

Work in Progress

Free to Fail? Paternalistic Preferences in the U.S.

How do Individuals Handle the Trade-off between Freedom of Choice and Well-being (joint with Björn Bartling, Alexander Cappelen, Marit Skivenes & Bertil Tungodden)

Behavioral Barriers and the Socio-economic Gap in Child Care Enrollment

Effects of Information Provision and Application Assistance on Enrollment in Childcare and Life Outcomes (joint with Philipp Lergetporer, Frauke Peter & Simon Wiederhold; funded by the Jacobs Foundation)

Self-regulation Training in Primary Schools Affects Long-Term Educational Career Paths

Self-regulation Training in Primary Schools Affects Long-Term Educational Career Paths (joint with Eva Berger, Ernst Fehr, Daniel Schunk & Kirsten Winkel)


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