After studying and writing his doctorate on which he also worked at the Siemens research labs in Erlangen-Nrnberg, Jrgen Eckert first went to the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena as well as spending a period working in industry, before moving to the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research (IFW) in Dresden in 1993. From there he was appointed to a professorship in Darmstadt in 2003, but returned to Dresden to become the Director of the IFW and accept a chair at the Technical University of Dresden in 2006.
Prof. Dr. Armin Falk (40), experimental economics, Bonn Laboratory for Experimental Economics, University of Bonn (2.5 million euros)
Armin Falk has been awarded the Leibniz Prize for his work on behavioural economics and economics in general, with which he has set new standards. He is especially interested in the question of how primarily non-economic, and in particular psychological and behavioural motivations affect the actions of individuals on the labour market. Falk is investigating the significance of procedural and process-related fairness on economic behaviour on a well-founded theoretical basis using a wide range of methods and data. His interest, in this respect, is not only what one employee's income is relative to others', for example. It is equally important to consider how that person and the others earned their pay and how this may be seen in terms of fairness. This work reaches far beyond the boundaries of economics, touching other subjects such as psychology, anthropology and sociology.
The main rungs on Armin Falk's career ladder have been Cologne, Zurich and Bonn. He studied economics in Cologne, obtained his doctorate and habilitation in Zurich, and in 2003 took up a professorship at the Uni
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