Schmölders prize

The Schmölders foundation (Schmölders-Stiftung für Verhaltensforschung im Wirtschaftsleben) has endowed the Schmölders prize with EUR 3.000. The annual prize is awarded in turn by the standing field committees economic history, social sciences, and public economics.

The prize honors original work of high scientific standard which analyzes economic behaviour related to public economics. Contributions written by members of the Verein für Socialpolitik are eligible. Articles which are already published are considered if the publication dates back at most three years.

A selection panel consisting of the speaker of the public economics committee, three committee members, and (with advisory voice) the president of the board of trustees of the Schmölders foundation decides on the award. The composition of the panel reflects gender balance and the variety of scientific approaches in public economics. Winners are invited to the annual meeting of the standing field committee public economics and present their work there. Winners are announced at the annual meeting of Verein für Socialpolitik.

Award winners

2023: Arthur Seibold:
Reference points for retirement behavior: Evidence from German pension discontinuities

2020: Matthias Doepke and Fabian Kindermann:
Bargaining over Babies: Theory, evidence, and policy implications

2017: Mathias Dolls, Philipp Dörrenberg, Andreas Peichl and Holger Stichnoth:
Do savings increase in response to salient information about retirement and expected pensions?

2014: Nadja Dwenger, Henrik Kleven, Imram Rasul and Johannes Rincke:
Extrinsic and intrinsic motivations for tax compliance: Evidence from a field experiment in Germany