Johannes Lohse

Johannes Lohse

The Department of Economics
Associate Professor in Economics

Contact details

Department of Economics
University House
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Johannes Lohse is an Associate Professor 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.


Associate Professor in Economics, University of Birmingham

PhD in Economics 2015, University of Heidelberg

MSc in International Economics, University of Erlangen


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)

Postgraduate supervision

  • Moumita Deb
  • Zeyu Qiu


Dr Lohse works at the intersection of behavioural economics and environmental economics. His work spans topics such as intergenerational public good provision, charitable giving, pollution perception, and decisions about sustainability. He has received funding by UKRI to explore pollution perceptions, by the British Academy to study intergenerational conflicts and by AHRC to design behavioural interventions for more sustainable travel behaviour. 


Recent publications


Arroyos-Calvera, D, Drouvelis, M, Lohse, J & Mcdonald, R 2023, 'Improving compliance with COVID-19 guidance: a workplace field experiment', Behavioural Public Policy, pp. 1-23.

Gallier, C, Goeschl, T, Kesternich, M, Lohse, J, Reif, C & Roemer, D 2023, 'Inter-charity competition under spatial differentiation: Sorting, crowding, and spillovers', Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, vol. 216, pp. 457-468.

Jarke-Neuert, J & Lohse, J 2022, 'I’m in a hurry, I don't want to know! Strategic ignorance under time pressure', Journal of Experimental Psychology: General , vol. 151, no. 11, pp. 2833–2845.

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.

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.

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.

Goeschl, T & Lohse, J 2018, 'Cooperation in public good games. Calculated or confused?', European Economic Review, vol. 107, pp. 185-203.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Lohse, J & Scharf, K 2021, Inter-charity competition and efficiency: Considerations beyond fundraising and tax incentives for giving. in H Peter & GL Huber (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Taxation and Philanthropy. 1st edn, Routledge International Handbooks, Routledge, London, pp. 325-343.

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.

Working paper

Arroyos Calvera, D, Lohse, J & McDonald, R 2023 'Beyond Social Influence: Examining the Efficacy of Non-Social Recommendations' SSRN. <>

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).

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