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Prof. Dr. Lea Cassar

Research Interests

Organizational Economics, Behavioural Economics, Labor Economics with a main focus on non-financial incentives in the workplace and on the non-monetary dimension of work.

Curriculum Vitae

Detailed information on her professional activities can be found here

Private Website

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Armouti-Hansen, J., Cassar, L. and Dereky, A., Engl, F. (2024) “Efficiency Wages with Motivated Agents“ Games and Economic Behavior, 145; 66-83.

Cotofan, M., Cassar, L., Dur, R. and Meier, S. (2021) "Macroeconomic Conditions When Young Shape Job Preferences for Life" The Review of Economics and Statistics; Featured in Forbes, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Dire, ZEIT Campus and The Guardian

Cassar, L. and Meier, S. (2021) "Intentions for Doing Good Matter for Doing Well: The Negative Effects of Prosocial Incentives" The Economic Journal, 131(637), 1988-2017; Featured in HBR.org and The Wall Street Journal

Cassar, L. and Armouti-Hansen, J. (2020) "Optimal Contracting with Endogenous Project Mission" Journal of the European Economic Association, 18(5), 2647-2676.

Cassar, L. and Klein, A. H. (2019) "A Matter of Perspective: How Failure Shapes Distributive Preferences" Management Science, 65(11), 4951-5448.

Cassar, L. (2019) "Job Mission as a Substitute for Monetary Incentives: Benefits and Limits" Management Science, 65(2), 896-912.

Cassar, L. and Meier, S. (2018) "Nonmonetary Incentives and the Implications of Work as a Source of Meaning" Journal of Economic Perspectives, 32(3), 215-38.

Aghion, P., Bechtold, S., Cassar, L. and Herz, H. (2018) "The Causal Effects of Competition on Innovation: Experimental Evidence" Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, 34(2), 162-195. 

Cassar, L. (2007) "Convergence, Inequality and Education in the Galor and Zeira Model" Rivisita di Politica Economica, 97(6), 229-254.


  • 2010 - 2015     PhD in Economics, University of Zurich 
  • 2007 - 2009     MPhil in Economics, University of Oxford
  • 2005 - 2006     MSc in Economics and Finance, LUISS University
  • 2001 - 2004     BA in Business Administration, LUISS University

Academic Positions and Affiliations

Since 10/2019

Professor of Empirical Economics (W3, tenured), University of Regensburg

(on maternity leave from 04.2019 till 01.2020)


Since 12/2019

CEPR Research Affiliate


Since 04/2017

CESifo Research Network Affiliate


09/2015 - 09/2019

Assistant Professor (W1, tenure-track), University of Cologne

(on maternity leave from 04.2017 till 02.2018)

Visiting Positions

08/2016: Visiting Scholar, Center of Economic Studies (CES), Munich

Spring 2015: Visiting Scholar, Columbia Business School, Columbia University

11/2014: Visiting Scholar, Rady School of Management, UCSD

Fall 2003: Visiting Student, School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University

Courses taught (current and past)

Science of Well-being (Bachelor)
University of Regensburg (Fall 2021,22)

Topics on Financial Incentives (Bachelor, Master),
University of Regensburg (Spring 2021)

Social Entrepreneurship (Bachelor),
University of Regensburg (Spring 2020, 21)

Motivation and Leadership (Master),
University of Cologne (Fall 2018)

Behavioral Management Science (Bachelor),
University of Cologne (Spring 2018)

Bachelor Seminar on Experimental and Personnel Economics,
University of Cologne (Fall 2016,18)

Social Entrepreneurship (Master),
University of Cologne (Spring 2016)

Strategic Human Resources Management (Master),
University of Cologne (Fall 2015,16)

TA Empirical Methods (Master),
University of Zurich (Fall 2013)

TA Mathematics for Economists (Master),
University of Zurich (Fall 2012)

TA Workshop in Law & Economics (Master),
University of Zurich and ETHZ (Spring 2010)

TA Macroeconomics (Master),
LUISS University (Spring 2007)


Chair of Empirical Economics


Prof. Lea Cassar, Ph.D.

E-Mail: lea.cassar@ur.de

Phone: +49 941 943-2550
Office: RW(L) 5.12

Office hours: by arrangement