Dr. Thorsten Upmann



Room: V8-137
Phone: +49 521 106-4862 oder +49 521-557-3168
Fax: +49 521 106-89005

E-Mail: tupmann@wiwi.uni-bielefeld.de


Academic Positions

since 10/2017: Researcher at Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity at the University of Oldenburg (HIFMB)

since 10/2014: Visiting Researcher at the Department of Economics, Bielefeld University

since 08/2001: Member of the CESifo, Research Network, Munich

10/2016 - 03/2017: Lecturer at Paderborn University, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics

10/2009 - 09/2014: Associate Professor for Economics (HSP-2020 professorship) at the Mercator School of Management, University Duisburg-Essen

10/2008 - 03/2009: Visiting Full Professor for Public Finance at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt a.M.

04/2003 - 09/2009: Hochschuldozent (equivalent to an Adjunct Associate Professors w/o tenure) at the Institute of Mathematical Economics (IMW), Bielefeld University

04/2002 - 03/2003: Visiting Full Professor at the Interdisciplinary Institute for Environmental Economics, University of Heidelberg

09/1996 - 03/2002: Assistant Professor at the IMW, Bielefeld University

12/1992 - 08/1996: Research Assistant at the IMW, Bielefeld University


Academic Education

02/2002: Habilitation at the Department of Economics and Management, Bielefeld University; {\bf venia legendi in Economics} (postdoctoral lecture qualification)

08/1996: Doctorate in Economics (Dr. rer. pol.) at the Department of Economics and Management, Bielefeld University

11/1992: Diplom-Volkswirt (Master degree in Economics, MSc Econ) at the Department of Economics and Management, Bielefeld University


Recent Publications in Refereed Journals (since 2013)

Junichi Minagawa and Thorsten Upmann, `Optimal Taxation under a Consumption Target', forthcoming in Social Choice and Welfare.

Junichi Minagawa and Thorsten Upmann, `Price Effects on Compound Commodities', forthcoming in The Scandinavian Journal of Economics.

Julia Müller and Thorsten Upmann, `Centralised Labour Market Negotiations: Strategic Behaviour Curbs Employment', forthcoming in Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 2017.

Junichi Minagawa and Thorsten Upmann, `The Generalized Alchian-Allen Theorem: A Slutsky Equation for Relative Demand', Economic Inquiry, 53(4), 1893-1907, 2015.

Stefan Behringer and Thorsten Upmann, `Optimal Harvesting of a Spatial Renewable Resource', Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 42, 105-120, 2014.

Laszlo Goerke, Frederik Herzberg and Thorsten Upmann, `Failure of Ad Valorem and Specific Tax Equivalence under Uncertainty', International Journal of Economic Theory, 10(4), 387-402, 2014.

Junichi Minagawa and Thorsten Upmann, `A Single Parent's Labor Supply: Evaluating Different Child Care Fees within an Intertemporal Framework', BE Journal of Theoretical Economics, 14(1), 177-215, 2014.

Thorsten Upmann and Julia Müller, `The Structure of Firm-Specific Labour Unions', Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 170(2), 336-364, 2014.

David Schüller, Harald Tauchmann, Thorsten Upmann and Daniel Weimar, `Pro-Social Behavior in the TV Show Come Dine with Me: An Empirical Investigation', Journal of Economic Psychology, 45, 44-55 2014.

Thomas Eichner and Thorsten Upmann, `The (Im)Possibility of Overprovision of Public Goods in Interjurisdicitional Tax Competition', FinanzArchiv / Public Finance Analysis, 70(2), 218-248, 2014.

Junichi Minagawa and Thorsten Upmann, `A Conditional Demand Approach to the Alchian-Allen Effect', Economics Letters, 120(3), 546-551, 2013.

Junichi Minagawa and Thorsten Upmann, `A Note on Parental Time Allocation', Labour Economics, 25, 153-157, 2013.

Pamela Wicker, Joachim Prinz, Daniel Weimar, Christian Deutscher and Thorsten Upmann, `No Pain, no Gain? Effort and Productivity in Professional Soccer', International Journal of Sport Finance, 8, 124-139, 2013.

Thorsten Upmann, `Pricing Onion Options: A Probabilistic Approach', International Journal of Financial Research, 4(4), 11-25, 2013.


Complete List of Publications





New Working Paper

Harting P, Radi D (2018) Residential segretation. The role of inequality and housing subsidies Universität Bielefeld Working Papers in Economics and Management; 06-2018.

Herbert Dawid

will give a talk on 'Cohesion Policy and Inequality Dynamics: Insights from a Heterogeneous Agents Macroeconomic Model' on June 8th at the 2nd Research Conference of the Macroeconomic Modelling and Model Comparison Network (MMCN) in Stanford.

Anna Zaharieva

in Interview with "Neue Westfällische", 8th of May 2018.

Workshop at ZIF

Anna Zaharieva, Michael Neugart and Sigrid Quack are organising a workshop at ZIF, "What enables a market to cross national borders? The role of institutions, networks and conventions". 7-8th of June. Program here


The research magazine 'BI.research' has published an interview with Anna Zaharieva explaining the Potential Consequences of Globalization.

DICE Research Seminar Düsseldorf

Anna Zaharieva gives a talk in the DICE Research Seminar at the University of Düsseldorf on the 24 of April, paper title "Social Networks, Promotions and the Glass-Ceiling Effect", joint work with Michael Neugart.

New Journal Article Accepted

Iftikhar, Z. and Zaharieva, A.(2018) General Equilibrium Effects of Immigration in Germany: Search and Matching Approach, Review of Economic Dynamics

Herbert Dawid will give an invited plenary talk

on 'Manager Remuneration, Share Buybacks and Firm Performance' at the Fifth International Symposium in Computational Economics and Finance (http://www.iscef.com/index.html) on April 13, 2018 in Paris.

The magazine 'Technology Review'

has published an article (in German) about the research of the ETACE Group dealing with simulation models in economics ( 'Die simulierte Gesellschaft'). 

New Journal Article Accepted

Dawid, H.; Harting, Ph., Neugart, M. (2018) Cohesion Policy and Inequality Dynamics: Insights from a Heterogeneous Agents Macroeconomic Model, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization

Social Networks, Referrals and Neighborhood Effects in Frictional Labour Markets

Anna Zaharieva (Bielefeld University), Michael Neugart (Univeristy of Darmstadt) and Michele Battisti (CESifo, Munich) are organising a workshop "Social Networks, Referrals and Neighborhood Effects in Frictional Labour Markets" on the 16th of April at the ZIF.

ZIF issue 1/2018

about the opening conference of the research group "In Search of the Global Labour Market" (Anna Zaharieva, Thomas Welskopp, Ursula Mense-Petermann), http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/ZiF/Publikationen/Mitteilungen/Ausgaben/

Invited presentation at the ECB

On 27.2.18 Sander van der Hoog and Dirk Kohlweyer presented a progress report on the research project on "Macroprudential policy using an agent-based model of the euro area housing market", joint with ECB staff members of the Division on Macro-Financial linkages and Stress Test Modelling (DG-MF/STM).

New Working Paper

Gezer, S. (2018) Delaying Product Introduction: A Dynamic Analysis with Endogeneous Time Horizon, Universität Bielefeld Working Papers in Economics and Management; 04-2018

Book Chapter

Dawid, H., Delli Gatti, D., (2018) Agent-Based Macroeconomics, Handbook of Computational Economics, Vol. 4 Heterogeneous Agent Models, Hommes, C., LeBaron, B.

New Journal Article

van der Hoog, S. (2018), Surrogate Modelling in (and of) Agent-Based Models: A Prospectus, Computational Economics

Bielefeld Working Papers in Economics and Management No. 04-2017

S. Barde, S. van der Hoog (2017) An Empirical Validation Protocol for Large-Scale Agent-Based Models

ISIGrowth Working Paper 02-2018

Dawid, H.,  Harting, Ph. and van der Hoog, S.  (2018) Manager Remuneration, Share Buybacks and Firm Performance

Talk at ESSEC Business School

Herbert Dawid will give a talk on "Dynamic Investment Strategies and Leadership in Product Innovation" at the ESSEC Business School (www.essec.edu/en/) in Cergy-Pontoise on January 26, 2018.

ASSA Meeting in Philadelphia

Anna Zaharieva participates in the ASSA meeting in Philadelphia, paper title "Formal Search and Referrals from a Firm's Perspective", 5-7th of January 2018.

Presentation of Paper

Philipp Harting presented the paper "On the Effects of Social Influence and Wage Expectations on Wage Inequality" at the 11th Workshop on Economic Complexity, jointly organized by OFCE and the SKEMA Business School.

Anna Zaharieva

gives a talk at the University of Darmstadt "Formal Search and Referrals from a Firm's Perspective" (November 22)

New Journal Article

van der Hoog, S. (2017) The Limits to Credit Growth: Mitigation Policies and Macroprudential Regulations to Foster Macrofinancial Stability and Sustainable Debt, Computational Economics

Journal Article Accepted

Dawid, H., Harting, Ph., Neugart, M. (2017) Fiscal Transfers and Regional Economic Growth, Review of International Economics

"Immigration: Chances and Challenges for the German Labour Market"

Anna Zaharieva gives a key-note speech at the Anniversary workshop "Immigration: Chances and Challenges for the German Labour Market", 21st of October, Konstanz University

Opening Conference of the ZiF Research Group "In Search of the Global Labour Market"

Anna Zaharieva is organizing an opening conference of the ZiF research group "In Search of the Global Labour Market" with two key-note talks by: Michael J. Piore (MIT, Cambridge) "Policy Paradigs and the Challenge to Immigration and Globalization" , 16th of October at 16:00;
Frederic Docquier (Universite Catholique de Louvain) "The Changing Structure of Immigration to the OECD: what welfare effects on member coutnries?", 18th of October at 17:30. Both presentations will take place in the ZiF Plenary Hall.

New Working Paper

Dawid, H., Pellegrino, G., Vivarelli, M. (2017) The Role of Demand in Fostering Product vs Process Innovation: A Model and an Empirical Test, Bielefeld Working Papers in Economics and Management, No. 6-2017

Key-Note Lecture

Herbert Dawid will give a key-note lecture on "Debt crisis, fiscal transfers, and regional economic growth" at the 'International Conference on
Finance and Economic Growth in the Aftermath of the Crisis' from Sep. 11-13 in Milano.

BGTS Mobiltiy Grant

Serhat Gezer has been awarded the BGTS Mobility Grant and will visit Prof. Georges Zaccour at the multi university research center GERAD in Montréal in September 2017.

EARIE 2017 in Maastricht

Serhat Gezer will present his joint work with Herbert Dawid on “Delaying Product Innovation in a Duopoly: A Strategic Dynamic Analysis” at the 44th Annual Conference of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE).

New Paper Accepted in Journal of Evolutionary Economics

Dawid H., Harting Ph., van der Hoog S., Neugart M, 2017 "A Heterogeneous Agent Macroeconomic Model for Policy Evaluation: Improving Transparency and Reproducibility" , Journal of Evolutionary Economics

ETACE at the CEF 2017

ETACE members will actively participate in  the 23rd International Conference on Computing in Economics and Finance (CEF 2017) in New York City (http://comp-econ.org/CEF_2017/). Herbert Dawid and Philipp Harting offer a Pre-Conference Workshop on 'Agent-based Macroeconomics' on June 27. Herbert Dawid, Philipp Harting and Sander van der Hoog will also each present a research paper during the conference.

Plenary Lecture

Herbert Dawid will give an invited plenary lecture about 'Policy Analysis in a Multi-Regional Agent-Based Framework' on June 22nd at the 6th World Congress of the International Microsimulation Association in Torino.

ETACE participates in new SFB 1283

Starting with July 2017 the collaborative research center (SFB 1283) 'Taming uncertainty and profiting from randomness and low regularity in analysis, stochastics and their applications' will be funded by the German Science Foundation. Herbert Dawid will participate in the SFB as Principal Investigator of the project 'Innovation dynamics under market uncertainty and financial constraints'.

New Article Accepted in Small Business Economics

Colombo, L., Dawid., H., Piva, M., Vivarelli, M., 2017  "Does Easy Start-Up Formation Hamper Incumbents R&D Investments?" Small Business Economics (Accepted)

New DFG Project

The German Science Foundation has decided to provide funding for the research project "The Role of Professional Networks and Firm Hierarchies for Individual Careers and Wage Inequality" with Anna Zaharieva and Herbert Dawid as Co-PIs. The project will run for three years and combine search and matching theory with agent-based simulations to analyse the role of professional networks and firm hierarchies for individual wage dynamics, income inequality and intergenerational mobility.

Paper accepted

in Labour Economics special issue in honour of the Nobel Laureate Christopher Pissarides "On the Optimal Diversification of Social Networks in Frictional Labour Markets with Occupational Mismatch", Anna Zaharieva

New Article Published in Pacific Economic Review

Dawid, H., Zou, B. (2017) Foreign direct investment with endogenous technology choice, Pacific Economic Review; 22; 3-22

Workshop on Validation Methods for Agent-Based Models

Sander van der Hoog is co-organizing a workshop at the School of Economics of the University of Kent (UK), held on 24-26 April 2017.

For details and the programme schedule, see: https://www.kent.ac.uk/economics/research/MaGHiC/events/workshop-apr17.html

Paper accepted in the Journal of Public Economic Theory

title "Optimal policy and the role of social contacts in a search model with heterogeneous workers", authors: Anna Zaharieva and Juliia Stupnytska

“Formal search and referrals from a firm's perspective"

Anna Zaharieva will present a paper dealing with the a. m. topic at the Annual Search and Matching Conference in Barcelona on May, 31  - June, 2  2017.

Article Accepted in Review of International Economics

Dawid, H., Harting, P., Neugart, M. (2017) Fiscal Transfers and Regional Economic Growth; Review of International Economics (accepted)

New ZiF Research Group

Anna Zaharieva together with two colleagues Ursula Mense-Petermann (Faculty of Sociology) and Thomas Welskopp (Faculty of History) successfully applied for an interdisciplinary ZiF Research Group “In Search of the Global Labour Market”.

ETACE Members Coordinate Marie Curie International Traning Network

Starting in March 2017 Bielefeld University will coordinate the Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network
ExSIDE (Expectation and Social Influence Dynamics in Economics). 15 doctoral students will study and do research within the program, which involves 8 European Universities and is funded by the European Commission with 3.8 Mio. Euro. Apart from the Network coordinator Herbert Dawid also ETACE member Anna Zaharieva will be involved in the program as doctoral supervisor.
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