Christian König gen. Kersting

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



Recent Highlights

My new working paper "oTree Manager: Multi-user oTree installations made easy" is now available online.

"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


Working Papers

oTree Manager: Multi-user oTree installations made easy
Working Paper.

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


Work in Progress

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, 2017, and 2018.
Teaching evaluations are available upon request.


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


Christian König gen. Kersting
Rehovotstr. 1
69115 Heidelberg