The briq scholarship program supports about 25 Ph.D. students at the Bonn Graduate School of Economics. Some of them are directly involved in briq research activities. In a series of short portraits, the briq newsroom introduces our student fellows and what they do. One of them is Lasse Stötzer, who has been at briq since August 2016.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on a project that studies the role of stereotypes. The idea behind this project is that people are motivated to use and share stereotypes of out-groups to justify selfish behavior. Using an online survey, we try to show that participants systematically distort stereotypical beliefs in situations where there is an opportunity to enrich themselves.
What are your research plans for the future?
Another project I am involved in is concerned with growing affective polarization – the mutual dislike between political groups – in western societies. My aim is to better understand when and why hostility towards out-group members arises.
Can you recommend some papers that inspired your PhD studies?
The paper by Kunda (1990) changed my perspective on decision making. Two other papers that influenced my research are Glaeser (2005) and Bénabou and Tirole (2006). They both made me think more about the relation between culture and economic outcomes.