Contact Information

Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Institute of Economics
Universitätsallee 1
21335 Lüneburg
Phone: +49 4131 677 2636
E-Mail: mario.mechtel"at"

Research Network

Tim Friehe -
Florian Hett -
Daniel Schunk -
Agnes Bäker -
Laszlo Goerke -
Florian Baumann -
Philipp Denter -
Adrian Chadi -
David Loschelder -
Christian Pfeifer -
Boris Hirsch -
Christoph Sajons -
Dana Sisak -
Mark Bernard -
Daniel Arnold -
Niklas Potrafke -
Nikolai Stähler -
Emanuel Hansen -
Markus Kröll -
Markus Pannenberg -
Tobias Brändle -


Science Slam on Conspicuous Consumption and Political Regimes @SO36 Berlin (in German) -

Leuphana Institute of Economics -
Micro Workshop 2017 -
Micro Workshop 2016 -
My work on Google Scholar -

Ökonomenstimme -
VoxEU -
Dan Ariely's Blog -
xkcd -
SG Eintracht Frankfurt -


Research Interests:
Applied Microeconomics, Behavioral Economics, Social Identity, Labour Economics, Organizational, Managerial and Personnel Economics

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


Peer-reviewed Publications

Friehe, Tim, Mario Mechtel and Markus Pannenberg (forthcoming). Positional Income Concerns and Personality: Evidence from Germany, Applied Economics Letters.

Bäker, Agnes and Mario Mechtel (forthcoming). The Role of Task Meaning on Output in Groups: Experimental Evidence, Managerial and Decision Economics.

Friehe, Tim and Mario Mechtel (forthcoming). Gambling to Leapfrog in Status? Review of Economics of the Household.

Bernard, Mark, Florian Hett and Mario Mechtel (2016). Social Identity and Social Free-Riding, European Economic Review 90, 4-17.

Friehe, Tim and Mario Mechtel (2014). Conspicuous Consumption and Political Regimes: Evidence from East and West Germany, European Economic Review 67, 62-81.

Mechtel, Mario (2014). It's the Occupation, Stupid! Explaining Candidates' Success in Low-Information Local Elections, European Journal of Political Economy 33, 53-70.

Mechtel, Mario and Niklas Potrafke (2013). Electoral Cycles in Active Labor Market Policies, Public Choice 156(1-2), 181-194.

Hillesheim, Inga and Mario Mechtel (2013). How Much do Others Matter? Explaining Positional Concerns For Different Goods And Personal Characteristics, Journal of Economic Psychology 34, 61-77.

Bäker, Agnes, Mario Mechtel and Karin Vetter (2012). Beating Thy Neighbor: Derby Effects in German Professional Soccer, Journal of Economics and Statistics 232(3), 224-246.

Mechtel, Mario, Agnes Bäker, Tobias Brändle and Karin Vetter (2011). Red Cards: Not Such Bad News For Penalized Guest Teams, Journal of Sports Economics 12(6), 621-646.

Baumann, Florian, Mario Mechtel and Nikolai Stähler (2011). Employment Protection and Temporary Work Agencies, LABOUR: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations 25(3), 308-329.


Recent Working Papers

Hett, Florian, Markus Kröll and Mario Mechtel. Choosing Who You Are: The Structure and Behavioral Effects of Revealed Identification Preferences. Revise and Resubmit Economic Journal.

Bäker, Agnes and Mario Mechtel. Peer Settings Induce Cheating on Task Performance. Revise and Resubmit Economic Inquiry.

Chadi, Adrian, Mario Mechtel and Vanessa Mertins. Smartphone Ban, Trust, and Workplace Productivity – Evidence From a Natural Field Experiment.

Chadi, Adrian, Mario Mechtel and Vanessa Mertins. Forced to Be Generous - Experimental Evidence on the Behavioral Effects of Minimum Wages Outside the Laboratory.


Work in progress

Baumann, Florian, Adrian Chadi and Mario Mechtel. The Causal Effect of Labor Market Uncertainty and Insecurity on Body Weight.

Bajrami, Leon, David D. Loschelder and Mario Mechtel. The effect of information on social preferences towards an outgroup of refugees: A field experiment

Hett, Florian, Mario Mechtel, Henning Müller, Felix Schmidt, Daniel Schunk and Valentin Wagner. Enhancing cooperation and investigating peer effects on human capital formation: A randomized-controlled field study with primary school children. (Financed by DFG Research Grant 318667586)

Denter, Philipp and Mario Mechtel. Social Identity and Voting.

Baumann, Florian, Tim Friehe and Mario Mechtel. The Causal Effect of a Local Alcohol Sales Ban on Crime – Evidence from Germany.

Mechtel, Mario and Christoph Sajons. Supply Side Effects of Information Cues in Elections.

Mechtel, Mario. The Effect of Unfamiliar Work Environments on Team Performance: Evidence from a High-Stakes Field Setting.


Other Publications

Mechtel, Mario (2012). Essays on Political Economy and Social Preferences. Logos: Berlin. (PhD thesis)

Friehe, Tim and Mario Mechtel (2012). Unterschiedliche Präferenzen für Status in Ost- und Westdeutschland. oekonomenstimme.

Mechtel, Mario and Niklas Potrafke (2012). Aktive Arbeitsmarktpolitik und Wahltermine. ifo Schnelldienst 16-2012, 35-37. Also available at oekonomenstimme.

Mechtel, Mario (2008). Wahlen und Finanzmarktreaktionen, Theorie und Evidenz für Emerging Markets. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller: Saarbrücken.