Klaus Abbink

Klaus Abbink

Klaus' research background is in experimental and behavioural economics. He received his doctoral degree in May 2000 from the University of Bonn (Germany) with a thesis on corruption and reciprocity experiments, supervised by Reinhard Selten. Before joining Monash, Klaus held positions at IAE-CSIC and UPF Barcelona (Spain), and the Universities of Nottingham (UK), Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and East Anglia (UK), where he was Director of the Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS). He has worked on many areas including (anti-)social preferences, conflict, political economy and corruption, auctions and markets and development economics. Klaus has worked as a consultant for the World Bank. He has published in leading economics journals like the American Economic ReviewGames and Economic BehaviorEuropean Economic Review, and the Journal of Development Studies.

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Research Areas (Past and Current)

Klaus is a behavioural economist. Though most of his research is not focused on a particular geographical area, he has worked extensively on topics highly relevant to South Asia. With his collaborators he has introduced laboratory experiments into the study of corruption. He also pioneered the use of laboratory experiments for the analysis of microfinance institutions. Other projects in development economics he has worked on include a study on the Syr Darya river conflict in Central Asia, a test of policy alternatives to improve the efficiency of maize markets in Zambia, and an experiment to test methods of aid delivery to recipient communities.

Current Research Projects

Klaus' current research projects related to South Asia include the following:

  • An experimental test of asymmetric liability as an instrument to mitigate harassment bribes in India (with Utteeyo Dasgupta, Lata Gangadharan and Tarun Jain)
  • Intra-household relationships and their effect on microfinance institutions in Bangladesh (with Asadul Islam and Chau Nguyen)
  • Why do (some) people not pay bribes? (with Esteban Freidin, Lata Gangadharan and Hipólito Moro)

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