Contact Information

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

Research Network

Laszlo Goerke -
Tim Friehe -
Florian Baumann -
Florian Hett -
Agnes Bäker -
Philipp Denter -
Daniel Schunk -
Niklas Potrafke -
Dana Sisak -
Magnus Hoffmann -
Mark Bernard -
Daniel Arnold -
Nikolai Stähler -
Kerstin Pull -
Christoph Moser -
Matthias Krapf -
Emanuel Hansen -
Markus Kröll -
Inga Hillesheim -
Tobias Brändle -


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

Leuphana Institute of Economics -
Identity Economics -
Ökonomenstimme -
VoxEU -
Dan Ariely's Blog - -
Von Raffgier und Ausbeutung -
SG Eintracht Frankfurt -


Research Interests:
Applied Microeconomics, Public Economics, Personnel Economics, Behavioral Economics, Social Identity

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


Peer-reviewed Publications

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

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

Bernard, Mark, Florian Hett and Mario Mechtel. Social Identity and Social Free-Riding, IAAEU Discussion Paper 5/2015. Revise&Resubmit European Economic Review.

Hett, Florian, Markus Kröll and Mario Mechtel. Endogenous Social Identity and Group Choice.

Bäker, Agnes and Mario Mechtel. The Role of Task Meaning on Output in Groups: Experimental Evidence, IAAEU Discussion Paper 8/2013.

Bäker, Agnes and Mario Mechtel. Peer Settings Induce Cheating on Task Performance. IAAEU Discussion Paper 6/2015.

Friehe, Tim, Mario Mechtel and Markus Pannenberg. Positional Income Concerns and Personality, IAAEU Discussion Paper 11/2014.


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.


Work in progress

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

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

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

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

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