Prof. Dr. Dorothea Kübler

Bernhard Ludewig


+49 30 25491 442
dorothea.kuebler [at]
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
D 129

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David Ausserhofer
Director of the Research Department

Research fields

Decision Making and Strategic Interaction
Experimental Economics


Dorothea Kübler is the director of the department “Market Behavior” at the WZB and a professor of Economics at the Technische Universität Berlin. Her research uses experimental methods and game theory to examine decision-making and market design. In recent years, her work has concentrated on the design of matching markets, such as the centralized procedure for awarding places at universities in Germany. She also studies the influence of social and moral norms on behavior, as well as educational choices, discrimination, and the role of AI in the labor market. In 2020 Dorothea Kübler was awarded the Schader Prize and in 2023 a prize from the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW).

Dorothea is Vice Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), Vice Chair of the Einstein Foundation Berlin, and Vice President Europe of the Economic Science Association (ESA). She is a founding member of the “Matching in Practice” network and a member of the collaborative research center CRC TRR 190 “Rationality and Competition” and the cluster of excellence SCRIPTS. Dorothea studied in Philadelphia, Konstanz, and Berlin, and in 1992 completed her degree in Economics at the Freie Universität Berlin. She graduated with a PhD in 1997 and completed her habilitation in 2003 at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.

Selected Publications

Preference Discovery in University Admissions: The Case for Dynamic Multi-offer Mechanisms
Julien Grenet, YingHua He and Dorothea Kübler
Journal of Political Economy 130(6), 1427-1476, 2022

How to Avoid Black Markets for Appointments with Online Booking Systems
Rustamdjan Hakimov, C.-Philipp Heller, Dorothea Kübler and Morimitsu Kurino
American Economic Review, 111(7), 2127-51, 2021
YouTube Clip, IPP Note (in French)

Experiments on Centralized School Choice and College Admissions: A Survey
Rustamdjan Hakimov and Dorothea Kübler
Experimental Economics (2020), abrufbar hier
Previous Version: Experiments on Matching Markets

College admissions with entrance exams: Centralized versus decentralized
Isa E. Hafalir, Rustamdjan Hakimov, Dorothea Kübler and Morimitsu Kurino
Journal of Economic Theory, 176, 886-934, 2018

Clean up your own mess: An experimental study of moral responsibility and efficiency
Michael Jakob, Dorothea Kübler, Jan Christoph Steckel and Roel van Veldhuizen
Journal of Public Economics, 155, 138146, 2017. Online Appendix. Data Files.

The willingness to pay–willingness to accept gap: A failed replication of Plott and Zeiler
Dietmar Fehr, Rustamdjan Hakimov and Dorothea Kübler
European Economic Review 78, 120–128, 2015

On the failure of hindsight-biased principals to delegate optimally
David Danz, Dorothea Kübler, Lydia Mechtenberg and Julia Schmid
Management Science 61(8), 19381959, 2015

Implementing quotas in university admissions:
An experimental analysis

Sebastian Braun, Nadja Dwenger, Dorothea Kübler and Alexander Westkamp
Games and Economic Behavior85, 232–251, 2014

Why votes have a value
Ingolf Dittmann, Dorothea Kübler, Ernst Maug and Lydia Mechtenberg
Games and Economic Behavior 84, 1738, 2014

Price versus privacy: an experiment into the competitive advantage of collecting less personal information
Sören Preibusch, Dorothea Kübler and Alastair R. Beresford
Electronic Commerce Research 13: 4, 423–455, 2013

Social Norms and Economic Incentives in Firms
Steffen Huck, Dorothea Kübler and Jörgen Weibull
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 83: 2, 173–185, 2012

Information and Beliefs in a Repeated Normal-form Game
Dietmar Fehr, Dorothea Kübler and David Danz
Experimental Economics 15: 4, 622640, 2012

Unwillingness to Pay for Privacy: A Field Experiment
Alastair R. Beresford, Dorothea Kübler and Sören Preibusch
Economics Letters 112, 2527, 2012

Gender Differences in Team Work and Team Competition
Radosveta Ivanova-Stenzel and Dorothea Kübler
Journal of Economic Psychology32, 797–808, 2011

Telling the Truth May Not Pay Off: An Empirical Study of Centralised University Admissions in Germany
Sebastian Braun, Nadja Dwenger and Dorothea Kübler
The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy 10: 1 (Advances), Article 22, 2010(Direct Link)