Dr. Sven Simon

Senior Research Fellow



Areas of Interest

Microeconomics, Public Economics, Experimental Economics, Compliance

Academic Résumé

  • 2020 – present: Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, Senior Research Fellow
  • 2014 - 2020: Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance and Munich Graduate School of Economics,  Ph.D. Student / Manager of the Experimental Laboratory econlab
  • 2012 – 2014: University of Mannheim, Degree Program Master of Science in Economics
  • Sep 2010 – Jan 2011: University of Copenhagen, Exchange Semester at the Department of Economics
  • 2009 – 2012: University of Mannheim, Degree Program Bachelor of Science in Economics

Academic Prizes / Honours / Memberships etc.

  • Otto Hahn Medal 2022 of the Max Planck Society
  • Wolfgang Ritter Prize 2022

Peer Reviewed International Journals:

Konrad, K. A.Lohse, T. and Simon, S. A., 2021. Pecunia non olet: on the self-selection into (dis)honest earning opportunities. Experimental Economics, 24, pp. 1105-1130

DOI: 10.1007/s10683-020-09691-7

Lohse, T. and Simon, S. A., 2020. Compliance in Teams – Implications of Joint Decisions and Shared Consequences. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 94. Article No. 101745

DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2021.101745

Lohse, T.Simon, S. A. and Konrad, K. A., 2018. Deception under time pressure: conscious decision or a problem of awareness?. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 146, pp. 31-42

DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2017.11.026

Working papers:

Sherif, R. and Simon, S. A., Trading-Off Efficient and Visible Pro-Environmental Actions. Working Paper of the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance No. 2023-27. 


Konrad, K. A. and Simon, S. A., Paternalism Attitudes and the Happiness Value of Fundamental Freedoms. Working Paper of the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance No. 2021-04. 


Simon, S. A., Is it a Lie if I don’t know? Self-serving Dishonesty under Ignorance. Working Paper of the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance No. 2020-12. 


Policy Papers:

Konrad, K. A. and Simon, S. A., 05.07.2021. Paternalism, fundamental rights and happiness during the pandemic. Oxford Business Law Blog


15.02.16 - 26.02.16International Public Economics

WS 2015/2016




Media Coverage:

Simon, S. A., 2022. Wenn Teams Betrügen – Auswirkungen auf die Compliancearbeit. Compliance Channel

Simon, S. A., 2022. Täuschen im Team - Nur manche Strafen fördern Regelkonformität. Deutschlandfunk: Forschung aktuell

Simon, S. A., 2021. Wieviel Geld hat die Politik?. LandTalk Bayern

Simon, S. A., 2021. Lohnenswertes Lügen – Was Menschen dazu treibt unehrlich zu sein. DUZ - Magazin für Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft, , (10/2021), pp. 78-80