Axel Sonntag

Axel Sonntag
Institut für Höhere Studien | IHS

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Introduction
Axel Sonntag currently works at Insight Austria, the Competence Center for Behavioral Economics at the Institute for Advanced Studies and the Vienna Center for Experimental Economics, University of Vienna. Axel does research in Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Public and Organizational Economics and Policy Evaluations.
Additional affiliations
September 2015 - present
University of Vienna
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
September 2014 - August 2015
University of East Anglia
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • Experimental Economics, Industrial Economics
March 2012 - August 2015
University of East Anglia
Position
  • Research Associate
Education
October 2007 - June 2012
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
Field of study
  • Economics
March 2002 - April 2007
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
Field of study
  • Economics

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Publications (27)
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We study an unexplored type of defaults - information defaults - in a repeated public good provision setting. In our treatments, we vary the default of having or not having contribution information as well as whether the information comes with a positive, zero or negative financial incentive. We find that almost all subjects have the information wh...
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We experimentally study the disincentive effect of taxing work and redistributing tax revenues when redistribution is imposed vs. democratically chosen in a vote. We find a “dividend of democracy” in the sense that the disincentive effect is substantially smaller when redistribution is chosen in a vote than when it is imposed. Redistribution seems...
Research
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The aim of this report is to derive measures to increase digital skills and competences for Austrian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) based on an extensive literature research and several empirical studies. In particular, the aim is to propose measures to increase basic digital skills among SMEs. The promotion of basic digital skills is particul...
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In a real effort lab and online team production experiment, we analyze exerted effort under different conditions of individual accountability. In a repeated setting, we vary the degree to which production can be directly traced back to a collaborator's individual or randomly drawn effort level, respectively. We find that individuals produce much le...
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An evidence-based policy debate about future fuel demand requires reliable estimates for fuel price elasticities. Such predictions are often based on revealed preference (RP) data. However, this procedure will only yield reliable results in the absence of severe structural discontinuities. In order to overcome this potential limitation we used a si...
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We present a simple principal-agent experiment in which the principals are allowed to choose between a revenue sharing, a bonus and a trust contract, to offer to an agent. Our findings suggest that a large majority of experimental subjects choose the revenue sharing contract. This choice not only turns out to be the most efficient but at the same t...
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In a real effort lab and online team production experiment we analyze individual effort under different conditions of individual accountability. In a repeated setting workers receive a distorted signal about their co-players’ previous efforts. We vary the degree to which production can be directly traced back to a participant’s individual effort le...
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We present the results of an experiment that (a) shows the usefulness of screening out drop-outs and (b) tests whether different methods of payment and reminder intervals affect charitable giving. Following a lab session, participants could make online donations to charity for a total duration of three months. Our procedure justifying the exclusion...
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A ‘collusion puzzle’ exists by which, even though increasing the number of firms reduces the ability to tacitly collude, and leads to a collapse in collusion in experimental markets with four or more firms, in natural markets there are such numbers of firms colluding successfully. We present an experiment showing that, if managers are deferential t...
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Using online price comparison and shopping platforms makes experiencing slow connections, lags and waiting times for information an unfortunate reality. However, little attention has been paid to analyzing the effects of such delayed display of information on product choice behavior. This article explores the effect of time delays in a multi-attrib...
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We present the results of an experiment testing whether different methods of payment in combination with different reminder intervals affect the amounts of charitable donations. Following a lab session, participants could make online donations to charity for a total duration of three months. Reminder intervals and payment methods did not affect the...
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If principals are allowed to choose between a revenue sharing, a bonus and a trust contract, a large majority of experimental subjects choose the revenue sharing contract. We find that this choice is the most efficient while at the same time being fair in the Paretian sense that on average agents are not worse off than in the other contracts. Furth...
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Using online price comparison and shopping platforms makes experiencing slow connections, lags and waiting times for information an unfortunate reality. However, little attention has been paid to analyzing the effects of delayed provision of information on product choice behavior. In this article, I introduce an information processing model to deri...
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The Emission Trading Scheme for green house gases is a key tool of European climate protection. Including the road transport sector might be a promising strategy to limit its CO2 emissions. This could be realized within a common market (trans-sectoral trading permitted) or separated markets (trans-sectoral trading not permitted). Starting from diff...
Presentation
Sammer, G; Stark, J; Hössinger, R; Link, C; Lechner, J; Sonntag, A; Maier G (2010): Greenhouse Gas Emission Certificate Trade Scheme for Road Traffic – An Appropriate Travel Demand Measure? . 5th Travel Demand Management Symposium , OCT 26-28, 2010, Aberdeen, UK
Presentation
Link, C; Hoessinger, R; Stark, J; Sammer, G; Maier, G; Lechner, J; Sonntag, A (2010): Effects of GHG-certificate trade on transport demand in Austria. Transport and Air Pollution, MAY 18-19, 2010, Zürich
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Die aktuelle Klima- und Energiepolitik ist stets auf der Suche nach effektiven Maßnahmen und technischen Lösungsansätzen zum Klimaschutz. Nicht selten werden bei der Umsetzung dieser Lösungen aber zusätzliche Emissionen verursacht. Durch die Analyse von Kohlenstoffdioxid-Vermeidungskosten können Klimaschutzmaßnah- men auf gesamtwirtschaftlicher Ebe...
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1 Introduction In Austria, car traffic is responsible for about 28% of all greenhouse gas emissions. At present, no effective instruments are available to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions caused by car traffic. In future, one can expect a further increase of both traffic volume and CO 2 emissions. The use of financial measures to curb such emiss...

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