Dr. Henning Hermes Portrait

Welcome to Henning Hermes’ personal website!

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) at HHU Düsseldorf. In addition, I am affiliated with the FAIR Center of Excellence, an IZA Research Affiliate, a CEPR Research Affiliate, a CESifo Research Network Affiliate, and a Research Fellow at CIDER.

I am a behavioral and experimental economist focusing on topics in labor, education, and the formation of (noncognitive) skills. More recently, I have worked on the importance of early child care for life outcomes and inequality. In addition, I have projects in the areas of digital learning as well as paternalistic decision making. For my work, I mainly use field experiments but I also conduct lab, lab-in-the-field, and survey experiments. I studied Economics and Psychology at the University of Mainz, where I also pursued my PhD (supervised by Daniel Schunk and Ernst Fehr).

I am happy about your interest in my work – I hope to provide an overview here on this website. You can also follow me on Twitter to stay updated about my research. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact me or take a look at my CV.


Working Papers

Behavioral Barriers and the Socio-economic Gap in Child Care Enrollment
(with Philipp Lergetporer, Frauke Peter & Simon Wiederhold). Revise & Resubmit at the Journal of the European Economic Association.
Media: VoxEU Column, FAZ [German], Ökonomenstimme [German], Winner of the CIDER Public Science Award 2022 (3rd price).
The Impact of Working Memory Training on Children's Cognitive and Noncognitive Skills
(with Eva Berger, Ernst Fehr, Daniel Schunk & Kirsten Winkel). Revise & Resubmit (2nd round) to the Journal of Political Economy.
Early Child Care and Labor Supply of Lower-SES Mothers: A Randomized Controlled Trial
(with Marina Krauss, Philipp Lergetporer, Frauke Peter & Simon Wiederhold). Under review.
Media: Spiegel [German], BR [German].


Males Should Mail? Gender Discrimination in Access to Child Care
(with Philipp Lergetporer, Fabian Mierisch, Frauke Peter & Simon Wiederhold). Forthcoming at the American Economic Association: Papers & Proceedings.
Teaching Self-regulation
(with Eva Berger, Ernst Fehr, Daniel Schunk & Kirsten Winkel). Nature Human Behaviour, 2022, 6(12), 1680-1690.
Intra-individual variability in task performance after cognitive training is associated with long-term outcomes in children
(with Ana Cubillo, Eva Berger, Kirsten Winkel, Daniel Schunk, Ernst Fehr & Todd Hare). Developmental Science, 2023, 26(1), e13252.
Self-regulation Training and Job Search Input: A Natural Field Experiment Within an Active Labor Market Program
(with Eva Berger, Günther König, Felix Schmidt & Daniel Schunk). Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 2022, 98, 101858.
If You Could Read My Mind—An Experimental Beauty-Contest Game with Children
(with Daniel Schunk). Experimental Economics, 2022, 25, 229-253.
Motivating Low-Achievers—Relative Performance Feedback in Primary Schools
(with Martin Huschens, Franz Rothlauf & Daniel Schunk). Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2021, 187, 45-59.
Do Children Cooperate Conditionally? Adapting the Strategy Method for First-Graders
(with Florian Hett, Mario Mechtel, Felix Schmidt, Daniel Schunk & Valentin Wagner). Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2020, 179, 638-652.

Work in Progress

Free to Fail? Paternalistic Preferences in the United States
(with Björn Bartling, Alexander Cappelen, Marit Skivenes & Bertil Tungodden).
Discrimination in the Child Care Market: A Nationwide Field Experiment
(with Philipp Lergetporer, Fabian Mierisch, Frauke Peter & Simon Wiederhold).

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