Dr Johannes Lohse

Dr Johannes Lohse

The Department of Economics
Senior Lecturer in Economics

Contact details

Department of Economics
University House
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Johannes Lohse is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Birmingham. He joined the Department of Economics in 2016. Before coming to Birmingham he was a researcher at the University of Heidelberg (from where he obtained his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Timo Goeschl in 2015)

Johannes’ research interests lie at the intersection of behavioural economics and environmental economics. He uses experiments to study voluntary cooperation, pro-environmental behaviour, and climate change mitigation. He is also interested in the cognitive processes that underlie pro-social behaviour.


  • PhD in Economics, University of Heidelberg
  • Diplom Volkswirt (MSc), University of Erlangen-Nuerenberg


Prior to joining the department, Johannes worked as a researcher at the University of Heidelberg where he was involved in interdisciplinary research projects on climate change and aging, the  socio-political impact of the German energy transition, and the cognitive aspects of common pool resource use.


Environmental Economics (Undergraduate and Graduate)


  • Public Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Behavioral Economics


Recent publications


Goeschl, T, Kettner, SE, Lohse, J & Schwieren, C 2020, 'How much can we learn about voluntary climate action from behavior in public goods games?', Ecological Economics, vol. 171, 106591. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2020.106591

Lohse, J & Waichman, I 2020, 'The effects of contemporaneous peer punishment on cooperation with the future', Nature Communications, vol. 11, no. 1, 1815, pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-15661-7

Gallier, C, Goeschl, T, Kesternich, M, Lohse, J, Reif, C & Roemer, D 2019, 'Leveling up? An inter-neighborhood experiment on parochialism and the efficiency of multi-level public goods provision', Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, vol. 164, pp. 500-517. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2019.05.028

Goeschl, T & Lohse, J 2018, 'Cooperation in public good games. Calculated or confused?', European Economic Review, vol. 107, pp. 185-203. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.euroecorev.2018.05.007

Goeschl, T, Kettner, SE, Lohse, J & Schwieren, C 2018, 'From social information to social norms: Evidence from two experiments', Games, vol. 9, no. 4, 91. https://doi.org/10.3390/g9040091

Merkel, A & Lohse, J 2018, 'Is fairness intuitive? An experiment accounting for the role of subjective utility differences under time pressure', Experimental Economics, pp. 1-27. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10683-018-9566-3

Bouwmeester, S, Verkoeijen, PPJL & Lohse, J 2017, 'Registered Replication Report: Rand, Greene & Nowak (2012)', Perspectives on Psychological Science, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 527-542. https://doi.org/10.1177/1745691617693624

Lohse, J, Goeschl, T & Diederich, JH 2016, 'Giving is a question of time: response times and contributions to an environmental public good', Environmental and Resource Economics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10640-016-0029-z

Lohse, J 2016, 'Smart or selfish - When smart guys finish nice', Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, vol. 64, pp. 28-40. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socec.2016.04.002

Degen, C, Kettner, SE, Fischer, H, Lohse, J, Funke, J, Schwieren, C, Goeschl, T & Schröder, J 2014, 'Comprehension of climate change and environmental attitudes across the lifespan', Zeitschrift fuer Gerontologie und Geriatrie: Organ der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Gerontologie und Geriatrie, vol. 47, no. 6, pp. 490-494. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00391-014-0675-0

Commissioned report

Acton, J, Anderson, P, Andres, L, Angus, M, Amor, P, Arrowsmith, J (ed.), Asmelash, H, Bartington, S (ed.), Bengtsson, F, Bhullar, L, Bloss, W, Bonet, B, Börner, S, O Bonsu, N, Bryson, JR, Burns, V, Burrows, A, Calvert, C, Cassidy, N, Cavoski, A, Chadyiwa, M, Chapman, H, Chapman, L, Cockram, M, Degendardt, L, Dickinson, D, Ding, Y, Dobrzynski, D, Dolo, M, Dora, J, Ercolani, M, Ersoy, A, Farag, H, Ferranti, E, Fisher, R, Freer, M, Goldmann, N, Goode, CE, Greenham, S, Gulati, S, Hadfield-Hill, S, Harper, G, Hegerl, G, Hillmansen, S, Holmes, J, Huang, JJ, Huser, C, Jackson, R, Jaroszweski, D, Jefferson, I, Johnson, J, Kaewunruen, S, Kelly-Akinnuoye, F, Kettles, G, Kraftl, P, Krause, S, Leckebusch, GC, Lee, R, Lockwood, B (ed.), Lohse, J, Luna Diez, E, Lynch, I (ed.), MacKenzie, R, Maddison, D, Makepeace, J, Mann, V, Marino, R, Mavronicola, N, McDonald, M, McGowan, K (ed.), Metje, N, Ng, K, Nicol, J, O'Sullivan, C, Phalkey, N, Prestwood, E, Pyatt, N, Quinn, A, Radcliffe, J (ed.), Ravi, M, Reardon, L, Reeder, T, O’Regan, P, Remedios, L, Roberts, J, Rogers, C, Rungskunroch, P, van Schaik, W, Swan, J (ed.), Thomson, I, Toft, H (ed.), Tong, J, Botello Villagrana, F, Walton, A, Wason, C (ed.), Weir, C, Wood, R & Zhong, J 2021, Addressing the climate challenge. University of Birmingham. https://doi.org/10.25500/epapers.bham.00003451


Degen, C, Fischer, H, Funke, J, Goeschl, T, Kettner, S, Lohse, J, Schwieren, C & Schröder, J 2014, 'Comprehension of climate change and environmental attitudes across the lifespan', pp. 490-494. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00391-014-0675-0

Working paper

Lohse, J, Goeschl, T, Kesternich, M, Roemer, D & Gallier, C 2017 'Leveling up? An inter-neighborhood experiment on parochialism and the efficiency of multi-level public goods provision' Discussion Paper Series, no. 17-012, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2926356

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