Martin Binder

Foto: David Ausserhofer/Körber-Stiftung
Foto: David Ausserhofer/Körber-Stiftung

Prof. Dr. habil. Martin Binder holds a Habilitation in Economics from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (habilitation project: “Wirtschaftlicher Wandel und menschliches Wohlergehen”, 2012), a PhD in Economics (2009), an M.A. in Philosophy (2004) and a M.Sc. in Business Administration (Dipl.-Kfm., 2003) from RWTH Aachen, and a B.Sc. in Economics (2002) from the Florida Atlantic University. His dissertation, which explores the normative consequences of measuring societal progress and development via measures of subjective well-being, has appeared as a monograph with Routledge in 2010 and won the „Deutscher Studienpreis 2010“ from the Körber-Stiftung. From 2004 to 2012, he was a Research Fellow and a Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, where he conducted research in the fields of behavioral and evolutionary economics. Subsequently, he held a research position at the University of Sussex. Since 2013, Prof. Dr. Binder has been a Visiting Professor for Normative Economics and Business Ethics at the University of Kassel. His research interests are focused on behavioral and normative economics, and especially subjective well-being (“happiness”) research. His research has appeared in internationally recognized journals such as the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Economic Psychology, and Small Business Economics. In 2009-2011, Prof. Dr. Binder received a grant from the European Commission to research knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship and social well-being. Prof. Dr. Binder does extensive refereeing and is a member of the Editorial Board of Social Indicators Research.

Courses taught

Behavioral Economics
Ethics and Economics

Principles of Economics

Mathematics for Economics


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • “Environmental Concerns and Subjective Well-Being: Antecedents and Outcomes of Environmental Activism in Germany”, Ecological Economics 124, 2016, 1-16, doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.01.009 (with Blankenberg, A.-K.)
  • "Revisiting Cheerful Jane and Miserable John: the impact of income, good health, social contacts and education declines with increasing subjective well-being”, Applied Economics Letters 23(8), 2016, 544-553, doi: 10.1080/13504851.2015.1085635
  •  “How satisfied are the self-employed? A life domain view”, 2015, in press: Journal of Happiness Studies, doi: 10.1007/s10902-015-9650-8 (with Coad, A.)
  •  “Heterogeneity in the relationship between unemployment and subjective well-being: A quantile approach”, Economica 82(328), 2015, 865-891 doi: 10.1111/ecca.12150 (with Coad, A.)
  •  “Volunteering and life satisfaction: A closer look at the hypothesis that volunteering more strongly benefits the unhappy”, Applied Economics Letters 22(11), 2015, 874-885 doi: 10.1080/13504851.2014.985364
  •  “Unemployment impacts differently on the extremes of the distribution of a comprehensive well-being measure”, Applied Economics Letters 22(8), 2015, 619-627, doi: 10.1080/13504851.2014.962219 (with Coad, A.)
  • "Autonomy-enhancing paternalism", Kyklos 68(1), 2015, 3-27, doi: 10.1111/kykl.12071 (with Lades, L.)
  • "Unemployment impacts differently on the extremes of the distribution of a comprehensive well-being measure", 2014, in press: Applied Economics Lettersdoi: 10.1080/13504851.2014.962219 (with Coad, A.)
  • "Heterogeneity in the relationship between unemployment and subjective well-being: A quantile approach", 2014, in press: Economica (with Coad, A.)
  • "Causal linkages between work and life satisfaction and their determinants in a structural VAR approach", Economics Letters 124(2), 2014, 263-268, doi: 10.1016/j.econlet.2014.05.021 (with Coad, A.)
  • "Reconciling normative and behavioral economics: applying the 'naturalistic approach' to the adaptation problem", Journal of Economics and Statistics, 234(2+3), 2014, 350-365 (with Schubert, C.)
  • "Subjective Well-being Capabilities: Bridging the Gap between the Capability Approach and Subjective Well-Being Research", Journal of Happiness Studies, 15(5), 2014, 1197-1217, doi: 10.1007/s10902-013-9471-6
  • "Should evolutionary economists embrace libertarian paternalism?", Journal of Evolutionary Economics 24(3), 2013, 515-539, doi: 10.1007/s00191-013-0323-7
  • "'I'm afraid I have bad news for you...' Estimating the impact of different health impairments on subjective well-being", Social Science & Medicine, 87, 2013, 155-167, doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.03.25 (with Coad, A.)
  • "Disentangling Motivational and Experiential Aspects of 'Utility' - A Neuroeconomics Perspective", Journal of Economic Psychology 36(1), 2013, 27-40, doi: 10.1016/j.joep.2013.02.011 (with Witt, U.)
  • "The Structure of Subjective Well-Being: A Vectorautoregressive Approach", Metroeconomica 64(2), 2013, 361-400, doi: 10.1111/meca.12011 (with Ward, F.)
  • "Volunteering, Subjective Well-Being and Public Policy", Journal of Economic Psychology 34(1), 2013, 97-119, doi: 10.1016/j.joep.2012.11.008 (with Freytag, A.)
  • "Innovativeness and Subjective Well-being", Social Indicators Research 111(2), 2013, 561-578, doi: 10.1007/s11205-012-0020-1
  • "Life Satisfaction and Self-employment: A Matching Approach", Small Business Economics 40(4), 2013, 1009-1033, doi:10.1007/s11187-011-9413-9 (with Coad, A.)
  • "A critical note on the role of the capability approach for sustainability economics", Journal of Socio-Economics 41(5), 2012, 721-725, doi: 10.1016/j.socec.2012.07.007 (with Witt, U.)
  • "The Neglected Dimension of Well-Being: Analyzing the Development of "Conversion Effciency" in Great Britain", Journal of Socio-Economics 41(1), 2012, 37-47, doi:10.1016/j.socec.2011.10.002 (with Broekel, T.)
  • "Happiness No Matter the Cost? An Examination on How Efficiently Individuals Reach Their Happiness Levels", Journal of Happiness Studies 13(4), 2012, 621-645, doi:10.1007/s10902-011-9283-5 (with Broekel, T.)
  • "Applying a Robust Non-parametric Efficiency Analysis to Measure Conversion Efficiency in Great Britain", Journal of Human Development and Capabilities 12(2), 2011, 257-281, doi:10.1080/19452829.2011.571088 (with Broekel, T.)
  • "From Average Joe's happiness to Miserable Jane and Cheerful John: using quantile regressions to analyze the full subjective well-being distribution", Journal of Economic Behaviour & Organization 79(3), 2011, 275–290,doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2011.02.005 (with Coad, A.)
  • "Disentangling the Circularity in Sen's Capability Approach - An Analysis of the Co-Evolution of Functioning Achievement and Resources", Social Indicators Research 103(3), 2011, 327–355, doi:10.1007/s11205-010-9714-4 (with Coad, A.)
  • "An Examination of the Dynamics of Well-Being and Life Events using Vector Autoregressions", Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 76(2), 2010, 352-371, doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2010.06.006 (with Coad, A.)
  • "The Regional Dimension of Knowledge Transfers - A Behavioral Approach", Industry & Innovation 14(2), 2007, 151-175, doi:10.1080/13662710701252500 (with Broekel, T.)

Books and Chapters

  • "Happiness and productivity", in: Altman, M. (ed.), Real World Decision Making: An Encyclopedia of Behavioral Economics, Praeger, Santa Barbara, in press
  • "Paternalism", in: Altman, M. (ed.), Real World Decision Making: An Encyclopedia of Behavioral Economics, Praeger, Santa Barbara, in press
  • "Errors and biases", in: Altman, M. (ed.), Real World Decision Making: An Encyclopedia of Behavioral Economics, Praeger, Santa Barbara, in press 
  • "Book Review: Geld macht doch gluecklich (Weimann/Knabe/Schoeb)", Journal of Economics and Statistics 233(4), 2013, 556-559
  • "Capability, Functioning and Resources", in: Michalos, A. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research, Springer, Dordrecht, 2014, 524-529 (with Coad, A.)
  • "Elements of an Evolutionary Theory of Welfare", Routledge, London, 2010 (Outline available here; Order here: Routledge,
  • "Institutions as Determinants of Preference Change: A One Way Relation?", in: Hanappi, H. and Elsner, W. (eds.), Advances in Evolutionary Institutional Economics: Evolutionary Mechanisms, Non-Knowledge and Strategy, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2008, pp. 97-120 (with Niederle, U.-M.)
  • "Zwischen Metaphysik und Relativismus - Zur Wahrheitssuche von Hilary Putnam im Kontext der Klassischen Wahrheitstheorien", LIT-Verlag, Münster, 2004


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