Christian König gen. Kersting

I'm a tech-savy economics Ph.D. student at Heidelberg University.



Recent Highlights

I have been invited to a research stay at the University of Innsbruck later this year.

"Countercyclical risk aversion: Beyond financial professionals" was published in the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance.

I co-organized the Experimental Finance Conference 2018 and the Experimental Finance Summer School 2018.

Research Interests

I am most interested in decision-making under risk and uncertainty in Behavioral Finance contexts.
More generally speaking, Experimental and Behavioral Economics are where I feel at home.



Countercyclical risk aversion: Beyond financial professionals
with Stefan T. Trautmann (2018), Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance, 18, 94-101.

Ambiguity attitudes in decisions for others
with Stefan T. Trautmann (2016), Economics Letters, 146, 126-129.
Supplementary Analysis: Test of Order Effects in Ambiguity Attitude Measurement


Work in Progress

Good decision vs. good results: Outcome bias in the evaluation of financial agents
with Monique Pollmann, Jan Potters and Stefan T. Trautmann, Working Paper.

Default effects in active and passive risk-taking
with Johannes Lohse and Anna Merkel.

Bank runs: Disclosure and economic linkages
with Stefan T. Trautmann and Razvan Vlahu.


I am currently a Ph.D. Student and Research Associate at the Chair of Behavioral Finance and Contract Theory at Heidelberg University's Alfred-Weber-Institute for Economics. My thesis supervisor is Prof. Dr. Stefan T. Trautmann.

I have previousy obtained a Master's degree in Economics from Heidelberg University and a Bachelor's degree in International Business Administration from the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. During my undergraduate studies, I studied at Hawai'i Pacific University for two semesters.

My complete CV is available in PDF format here.


In 2017, created and supported a Master's course on Developing experiments using oTree.

In addition, I gave tutorials for the Bachelor course Corporate Governance in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Teaching evaluations are available upon request.


I have served as a referee for Management Science, Economic Inquiry, the Journal of Economic Psychology, and the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics.


Christian König gen. Kersting
Rehovotstr. 1
69115 Heidelberg