Priv. Doz. Dr. Katharina Gangl

Katharina Gangl is an economic and social psychologist with a specialization in behavioral economics. She is head of the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) research group Behavioral Economics (Insight Austria).

She gained international reputation as an expert in cooperation between public authorities and citizens and law compliance. She consulted the OECD, the European Commission and various administrations in the world. Katharina Gangl’s empirical research has a strong theoretical foundation and follows a multi-method approach including neuro-, field-, laboratory, and online experiments as well as survey studies, qualitative interview studies, association techniques and observational studies. In these interdisciplinary studies, she examines how nudges, control, punishment, fairness, trust, knowledge, competences, goals or situational constrains affect motivation and behaviour, particularly cooperative behaviour. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Gangl is particularly interested in pro-environmental behaviour, financial decisions (tax compliance, donations, investments) and the human aspects of digitalization. She publishes most of her widely acknowledged and well-cited research (H index = 17) in peer-review journals such as in the Social Issues and Policy Review or the Journal of Political Psychology. She was assigned reviewer positions in dozens of journals, the THE university ranking and national and international funding agency such as in the horizon 2020 program.

Katharina Gangl gained her Diploma (2009), PhD (2013) and Habilitation degree (2021) at the University of Vienna. She held research positions at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia (2013) and the Zeppelin University, Germany (2015-2016). She was an assistant professor at the University of Göttingen, Germany (2017-2019) before she joined the IHS and Insight Austria.


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