Prof. Dr Michael Kurschilgen
Assistant Professor Programme Director Bachelor F
Michael Kurschilgen has been an Assistant Professor at UniDistance Suisse since 2022, after holding positions at the Technical University of Munich and the Max Planck Institute in Bonn. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Jena as part of a Max Planck Graduate School in 2013. He has been a visiting researcher at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, the University of Michigan, EUI Florence and the University of Bologna.
His research lies at the interface between economics, psychology and law. In his research, Prof. Dr. Kurschilgen combines behavioral microeconomic theory with laboratory experiments, field experiments, and other empirical approaches. His work shows, among other things, that property rights are more secure when redistribution is mandatory (rather than voluntary); and that the human need for social recognition is a key reason why citizens may trust the recommendations of scientific experts.