Prof. Dr. Philipp Lergetporer

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Prof. Dr. Philipp Lergetporer

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Lergetporer completed his PhD in economics at the University of Innsbruck in 2014. From 2014 to 2021, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the ifo Center for the Economics of Education, ifo Institute Munich. During that time, he was also a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, and NHH Bergen. In September 2021, he joined TUM School of Management, Campus Heilbronn, as Professor of Economics at the Global Center for Family Enterprise (GCFE).

Areas of interest

Professor Lergetporer is an empirical economist who conducts policy-relevant research at the intersection of education economics, public economics, and behavioral economics. He is particularly interested in issues related to economic and educational inequality, such as the determinants of inequality, or the effectiveness and political feasibility of various policies to reduce existing inequalities. He pursues an empirical and interdisciplinary research agenda, combining a broad range of econometric methods with a particular focus on experimental research designs.


  • Award of the ifo Institute for outstanding third-party research, 2018
  • Scholarship of the Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation, 2016

Research Areas

  • Behavioral barriers and the socioeconomic gap in child care enrollment
  • Discrimination in the German child care market: A nationwide correspondence study
  • Child care and maternal labor supply: A field experiment
  • The formation of risk preferences through small-sacle events
  • Income contingency and the electorate’s support for tuition
  • COVID-19 vaccination intentions: The role of vaccine approval processes
  • Patience, risk taking, and human capital investment across countries


Winter term 2021/22:

  • Principles of Economics (Master)
  • Economics I (Bachelor)

Key Publications

Patience, Risk Taking, and Human Capital Investment Across Countries (with Eric A. Hanushek, Lavinia Kinne, and Ludger Woessmann), Economic Journal, forthcoming.

Collective Intertemporal Decisions and Heterogeneity in Groups (with Daniela Glaetzle-Ruetzler and Matthias Sutter), Games and Economic Behavior, 130, 131-147, 2021.

Incentives, Search Engines, and the Elicitation of Subjective Beliefs: Evidence from Representative Online Survey Experiments (with Elisabeth Grewenig, Katharina Werner and Ludger Woessmann), Journal of Econometrics, forthcoming.

Educational Inequality and Public Policy Preferences – Evidence From Representative Survey Experiments (with Katharina Werner and Ludger Woessmann), Journal of Public Economics, 188, 104226, 2020.

How Information Affects Support for Education Spending: Evidence from Survey Experiments in Germany and the United States (with Guido Schwerdt, Martin R. West, Ludger Woessmann and Katharina Werner), Journal of Public Economics, 167, 138-157, 2018.

Third Party Punishment Increases Cooperation in Children Through (Misaligned) Expectations and Conditional Cooperation (with Silvia Angerer, Daniela Glaetzle-Ruetzler and Matthias Sutter), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 111(19), 6916–6921, 2014.