In August, I will start my ERC Starting Grant Project "How nature affects cooperation in common pool resource systems" (NATCOOP). In relation to this, I look for bright and enthusiastic scholars to join my team. There is one 3-year PostDoc position (link to the announcement is here: 3-year PostDoc Position) and two 3-4 year PhD positions (link to announcement text will come later).
NATCOOP aims to generate a better understanding of how nature shapes preferences and incentives of economic agents and how this in turn affects common-pool resource management. To this end, we investigate three mechanisms: (A) how tipping points and thresholds in the natural system may encourage cooperation; (B) how the volatility of resource abundance influences risk preferences and how this in turn affects community-based management; and (C) how leadership, which is closely linked to risk preferences, interacts with the natural environment to foster cooperation that overcomes common-pool dilemmas. More information on the project can be found here: link.
I am a researcher at the University of Oslo affiliated with NorMER and CEES (Department of Biology), and the Department of Economics. My work centers around humans and their inter-relations with the social and natural environment.
I was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1981, grew up in Tübingen, and studied International Relations and Economics in Dresden and Oslo. I lived at a number of places for a shorter or longer while, the most important to me are Berlin, La Réunion, Dar-es-Salaam, New York City, and Santa Barbara.
I derive analytic solutions for a dynamic game, showing that the first-best can be sustained in a non-cooperative equilibrium when the threat from crossing the threshold is large enough. When there are too many players and/or the prior on the threshold location is too pessimistic, extirpating the resource becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
We propose a method towards separating endogenous and exogenous influences on fish stock size and apply it to a long and detailed panel of Norwegian coastal vessels to assess the effect of introducing ITQs in the formerly open-access coastal cod fishery.
We apply basic search theory to the problem of a trophy hunter to endogenize the "shooting decision". Based on this, we develop an individual-based model to investigate ecological and evolutionary effects induced by hunting.
We investigate by how far the growth-overfishing problem can be mitigated by simply switching from the second-best quota in terms of biomass to a quota in terms of numbers.
We look at levels and trends of risk and risk exposure in the Norwegian fishing fleet by analyzing a large dataset of landing tickets.
We analyze the determinants of risk preferences obtained through an online survey and personal interviews with fishermen and non-fishermen, as well as with parents and their children.