Christian König gen. Kersting

I am a tech-savvy economics Ph.D. student with a passion for photography and traveling.

STATA, o-Tree, z-Tree, Python, PHP, Javascript, HTML5, CSS3
mainly Behavioral Finance and Experimental Economics
Chair of Behavioral Finance & Contract theory, University of Heidelberg
mainly North America, but also South East Asia and Australia


Ph.D. Student / Research Associate

University of Heidelberg (since Oct 2014)

Chair of Behavioral Finance & Contract Theory

Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Economics

University of Heidelberg (2012 - 2014)

Grade: 1.6 "good" - thesis topic: "Coordination under Chronic Stress" - show courses

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • Mathematics
  • Public Policy
  • Advanced Experimental Economics
  • Advanced Behavioral Economics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Strategies in Repeated 2x2 Games
  • Policy Evaluation & Empirical Research
  • Empirical Political Economy
  • Introduction to Sociology

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in International Business Administration

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (2008 - 2012)

GPA: 79.54% - thesis topic: "Die UK Green Infrastructure Bank" - show courses

  • Decision Theory
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Empirical Social Research
  • Models of Arbitrage and Equilibrium
  • Econometrics, Time Series Analysis and Multivariate Models
  • FX Markets and Exchange Rate Determination
  • International Trade
  • Economic Integration and Supranational Organizations
  • International Financial Markets
  • Environmental Economics & Energy Finance
  • Public Finance and Economics
  • Applied Information Technology
  • Mathematics I + II
  • Stochastics I + II
  • Accounting & Controlling
  • Communicative Processes
  • Investments and Finance
  • Financial Markets
  • Oversight and Regulation of Financial Services
  • Value-added Management
  • Business Law
  • Information Management & Systems

Two Semesters Abroad

Hawai'i Pacific University (2010)

GPA: 3.96/4.00 - show courses

  • International Trade and Finance
  • Corporate Risk Management
  • Organizational Change and Development
  • Human Resource Management
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Money and Banking

Allgemeine Hochschulreife (A-Level equivalent)

Gymnasium Netphen (high school) (1999 - 2007)

Grade: 2.0 "good" - show courses

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Information Technology
  • Social Sciences

+ academics

Conference: Experimental Finance 2017

Presentation: "Bank Runs: Dislcosure and Economic Linkages"

University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France (Jun 2017)

10th Kiel Institute Summer School 2016

Topic: "Education, Preferences, and Economic Outcomes"

Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany (Jul 2016)

Social and Biological Roots of Economics Workshop 2016

Poster-Presentation: "Good decision vs. good results: Outcome bias in the evaluation of financial agents"

Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany (Jul 2016)

Conference: Experimental Finance 2016

Presentation: "Ambiguity Attitudes in Decisons for Others"

Mannheim University, Germany (Jun 2016)

Conference: Experimental Finance 2015

Presentation: "Good decision vs. good results: Outcome bias in the evaluation of financial agents"

Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands (Jun 2015)

Summer School: Frontiers in Neuroeconomics

"How social and individual context matters for the biological mechanisms of behavior"

Santander International Summer Schools for Doctoral Students, University of Heidelberg (Apr 2014)

Research Scholarship Award for Best Working Group

"Why do humanitarian logisticians overstock?"

Frontiers in Neuroeconmics Summer School (Apr 2014)


Management Schience

Journal of Economic Psychology

Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics


"Corporate Governance" (Bachelor), tutorials

University of Heidelberg, fall semesters 2014, 2015 and 2016

+ professional experience

Student Assistant to the Chair of Organizational Behavior

University of Heidelberg (Nov 2012 - Sep 2014)

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  • prepared and conducted economic experiments in the laboratory
  • programmed experiments in z-Tree and for the web
  • literature research
  • data validation

Student Assistant to the Chair of Philosophy & Economics

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (May 2011 - Aug 2012)

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  • implemented computer-based economic experiments in z-Tree
  • developed web-based questionnaires in preparation for economic experiments
  • provided general research assistance

Quality Assurance / Quality Control Intern

EEW Malaysia (Jul 2011 - Sep 2011)

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  • preparation of final project documentation
  • review and preparation of audit documents
  • assistant for client audits (TOTAL)
  • assistant for production certification according to Det Norske Veritas (DNV) requirements

Audit Intern

PricewaterhouseCoopers (Feb 2009 - Mar 2009)

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  • audited various balance sheet items in accordance with German-GAAP (HGB)
  • audited IFRS adjustments
  • reviewed and summarited contracts and agreements in German and English

Civillian Service

Caritasverband Siegen-Wittgenstein (Oct 2007 - Jun 2008)

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  • provided home care services
  • offered courier services for medical supplies
  • coordinated daily operations with sole responsibility

Student Intern

Creditreform (May 2005)

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  • business information services
  • receivables management

+ activities

Delegate to the National Model United Nations

New York City (2010, 2011 and 2012)

Member of the Student Initiative FS Model United Nations

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (2009 - 2012)

President of the Student Initiative FS Speech & Debate

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (2009)

Member of the Student Initiative FS Conference

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (2009)

+ skills


German (native)
English (full professional proficiency)

Test Scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE, revised) - show scores

  • Quantitative Reasoning: 157
  • Verbal Reasoning: 154

TOEFL iBT - show scores

  • Total: 115/120
  • Reading: 30/30
  • Listening: 29/30
  • Speaking: 29/30
  • Writing: 27/30

Technical Skills

Programming (Python, PHP, SQL, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3)

Scientific Software (STATA, o-Tree, z-Tree, LaTeX)

Operating Systems (OS X, Windows, Linux)

Office (Microsoft Office incl. Access and VBA)

Currently, I am interested in bank run contagion as well as
the effects of stress on decisions under uncertainty.

Christian König gen. Kersting
Rehovotstr. 1
69115 Heidelberg