Prof. Dr. Agnes Bäker

Associate Member CRSA

Associate Professor of Leadership
Department of Management and Organization, VU Amsterdam


De Boelelaan 1105

1081 HV Amsterdam


Short Bio

Prof. Dr. Agnes Bäker is assistant professor (tenure track) in Management of Nonprofit-Organisations. Her research focuses on careers and leadership in higher education and hospitals, teamwork and peer effects, as well as behavioral economics in general. Her research is mainly empirical, relying on both experimental and econometric design. Agnes' research is published in academic journals such as Research Policy, Journal of Economic Psychology and Journal of Business Economics.

Before joining the University of Zurich, Agnes Bäker was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tübingen (Germany). From 2011 to 2014, she headed the Young Researchers Group on 'the role of human and social capital in the higher education career system' sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Together with Amanda Goodall she held a  Leverhulme Trust research grant titled 'Designing the scientific work environment' from 2014 to 2016. Professor Bäker currently holds a Swiss National Science Foundation grant on Interpersonal Humor for (Female) Retention and Success in Science. New research is looking at how doctors are managed and led.

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Selected Publications

Peer Settings Induce Cheating on Task Performance. Forthcoming in: Economic Inquiry, (with Mechtel). Econstor

The role of task meaning on output in groups: Experimental evidence, in Managerial and Decision Economics, 2018, 39(2): 131-141, (with Mechtel).

The Willingness to Pay for Partial vs. Universal Equality, in Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 2015, 56(2015), 55-61, (with Güth, Pull, Stadler).

The downside of looking for team players in job advertisements, in Journal of Business Economics, 2015, 85(2015)2, 157-179.

Risk-sorting and preference for team piece rates, in Journal of Economic Psychology , 2013, 34(2013)1, 285-300, (with Mertins).

The Ambivalent Role of Idiosyncratic Risk in Asymmetric Tournaments. Theoretical Economics Letters 3(2013): 16-22 (with Pull, H. Bäker).

Beating thy Neighbor: Derby Effects in German Professional Soccer, in Journal of Economics and Statistics, 2012, 232(2012)3: 224-246, (with Mechtel and Vetter).

Red Cards: Not Such Bad News for Penalized Guest Teams. Journal of Sports Economics 12(2011)6: 621-646 (with Mechtel, Brändle and Vetter).

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