Dr. Joël Berger

Senior Assistant

Institute of Sociology

+41 31 684 48 27
Postal Address
University Bern
Institute of Sociology
Fabrikstrasse 8
3012 Bern
Consultation Hour
by appointment
private website

Joël Berger is a senior researcher at the University of Bern's Institute of Sociology since 2019. He obtained his Master's degree in 2011 from the University of Bern and his Ph.D. in 2015 from ETH Zurich, with a thesis on competition and cooperation. He subsequently worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Universities of Groningen, Utrecht, and Zurich.

Joël is interested in the behavioral foundations of the social sciences, with a focus on micro-macro dynamics and social norms. His research applies to issues of institutional design and sustainable development.

Selected publications

  • Berger, J., Efferson, C., & Vogt, S. (2023). Tipping pro-environmental norm diffusion at scale: opportunities and limitations. Behavioural Public Policy, 7(3), 581 - 606.
  • Berger, J., Rost, K., & Osterloh, M. (2020). Focal random selection closes the gender gap in competitiveness. Science Advances, 6(47), eabb2142.
  • Berger, J., Osterloh, M., Rost, K., & Ehrmann, T. (2020). How to prevent leadership hubris? Comparing competitive selections, lotteries, and their combination. The Leadership Quarterly, 31(1), 101388.
  • Berger, J. (2019). Signaling can increase consumers' willingness to pay for green products: Theoretical models and experimental evidence. Journal of Consumer Behaviour, 18(3), 233-246.