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Hendrik Bruns

  • Doctoral candidate
  • University of Hamburg

    Research interests

    EconometricsStatisticsBehavioral EconomicsSustainabilityExperimental EconomicsEnvironmental Economics


    Since April 2015 I am a PhD student at the International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM) of the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology and the University of Hamburg. Previously, I was a research assistant at the Chairs of Empirical Economic Research, Environmental- and Behavioral Economics, as well as Applied Microeconomics at the University of Kassel. I studied Geography & Economics (B.A.) at the University of Osnabrück, as well as Geography at the University of Manchester. Afterwards, I studied Sustainability Economics and Management (M.A.) at the University of Kassel. In my Bachelor Thesis I criticized market-based instruments of climate policy from an eco-marxist perspective. My Master Thesis investigated the question whether voluntary individual contributions to the public good climate change are influenced by governmental climate protection activities. It based on a microeconometric analysis of survey data from the USA and Germany. I am interested in questions regarding the environment, climate change and sustainability from an interdisciplinary, as well as behavioral-economics perspective. To answer these questions I primarily apply experimental methods. I am is also interested in the critical assessment of neoclassical concepts and methods in (environmental) economics, as well as their implications for policy. My research focusses on the influence of so-called libertarian paternalistic interventions (i.e., nudges) on individual voluntary contributions to climate protection. My PhD research has the title “Environmental Policy: How context affects behavior”.

    Professional experience

    Doctoral candidate

    Universitat Hamburg

    April 2015 - Present