Christian König gen. Kersting

I am a PostDoc at the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Innsbruck. My research interest is mainly decision making under risk and uncertainty in finance contexts. Yet, I have persued multiple, more general projects in different contexts as well.

Before joining the University of Innsbruck, I received my doctorate degree from Heidelberg University's Alfred-Weber-Institute for Economics. 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.

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Good decision vs. good results: Outcome bias in the evaluation of financial agents (2020)
with Monique Pollmann, Jan Potters and Stefan T. Trautmann, Theory and Decision, 90, 31-61.

Gender bias in the evaluation of teaching materials (2020)
with Asri Özgümüs, Holger A. Rau, and Stefan T. Trautmann, Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 1074.

oTree Manager: Multi-user oTree installations made easy (2019)
Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance, 22, 177-182.

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

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

Working Papers

Social Risk Effects: The 'Experience of Social Risk' Factor (2021)
with Florian Diekert and Timo Goeschl, AWI Discussion Paper No. 704.

On the robustness of social norm elicitation (2021)
University of Innsbruck Working Papers in Economics and Statistics.

Active and passive risk-taking (2020)
with Johannes Lohse and Anna Louisa Merkel, University of Innsbruck Working Papers in Economics and Statistics.

Bank instability: Interbank linkages and the role of disclosure (2020)
with Stefan T. Trautmann and Razvan Vlahu, De Nederlandsche Bank Working Paper No. 665.

Investment preferences and risk perception: Financial Agents versus Clients (2019)
with Luisa Kling and Stefan T. Trautmann, AWI Discussion Paper No. 674.

A test of (Weak) Certainty Independence
with Christopher Kops and Stefan T. Trautmann.

Capitalizing on the (False) Consensus Effect: Two tractable methods to elicit private information
with Franziska Heinicke and Robert J. Schmidt.

Injunctive vs. descriptive social norms and reference group dependence
with Franziska Heinicke and Robert J. Schmidt.


I have served as an ad-hoc referee for Management Science, PLOS ONE, Economic Inquiry, Experimental Economics, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, and Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics.

oTree Collection

Many people have started using oTree for running experiments in the lab, online, and even in the field. This is a small collection of apps, code snippets, and other oTree related tools that I find helpful. Note that many of items below come with a citation requirement. Feel free to e-mail me suggestions.


oTree sample apps are often forgotten, but include a large number of useful apps. These include: Bargaining Game, Bertrand Competition, Common Value Auction, Cournot Competition, Dictator Game (Kahneman et al., 1986), Guess 2/3 of the Average, Matching Pennies, Prisoners' Dilemma, two Public Good Games, Traveler's Dilemma (Basu, 1994), two Trust Games (Berg et al., 1995), and the Volunteer's Dilemma (Diekmann, 1985).

Many further apps have been developed by members of the community, some of which I list below. Please note that development of oTree advances quickly. Some apps may be outdated and do not work with current verions of oTree. Others might integrate very deeply with oTree such that they can affect core functionality of have other unintended consequences. Please make sure to read and understand the code of each app, before you use it.

Code Snippets and How-Tos


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I maintain a profile on the website of the University of Innsbruck.

My Orcid ID id is 0000-0002-9977-2232.

Christian König gen. Kersting
Innsbrucker Str. 1
6060 Hall in Tirol