Malte Dold

Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Expertise


    Malte Dold’s research interest lies at the intersection of economics, psychology and philosophy. More specifically, he is interested in the question of how social environments shape decision-making processes and what constitutes individual welfare when preferences change over time. He employs a combination of methods (experimental, philosophical, formal-mathematical and historical-contextual) in his work. This follows Elinor Ostrom’s maxim, which states that the use of multiple research methods is often the most powerful way to study complex social phenomena.

    Research Interests

    • Preference Change
    • Rationality and Welfare
    • Choice under Uncertainty
    • Social Influences on Decision-Making
    • Morality and Markets
    • Paternalism
    • History of (Ordo)Liberalism

    Areas of Expertise

    • Behavioral Economics
    • History of Economic Thought
    • Philosophy of Economics
    • Political Economy
    • Austrian Economics
  • Work



    Dold, M. and T. Krieger (eds.)(2019): Ordoliberalism before, during and after the Eurozone Crisis: Between Realpolitik and Economic Utopia. Routledge, Abingdon.

    Journal Articles

    Lewis, P. and M. Dold (2020). James Buchanan on the Nature of Choice: Ontology, Artifactual man, and the Constitutional Moment in Political Economy. Cambridge Journal of Economics.

    Rizzo, M. and M. Dold (2020). Can a Contractarian be a Paternalist? The Logic of James M. Buchanan’s System. Public Choice.

    Dold, M. and T. Krieger (2020). The New Crisis of the Liberal Order: Populism, Socioeconomic Imbalances, and the Response of Contemporary Ordoliberalism. Journal of Contextual Economics.

    Dold, M. and M. Rizzo (2020). Old Chicago Against Static Welfare Economics. Journal of Legal Studies.

    Dold, M. and C. Schubert (2018). Toward A Behavioral Foundation of Normative Economics. Review of Behavioral Economics.

    Dold, M. (2018). Back to Buchanan? Explorations of Welfare and Subjectivism in Behavioral Economics. Journal of Economic Methodology.

    Dold, M. and  M. Khadjavi (2017). Jumping the queue: An experiment on Procedural Preferences. Games and Economic Behavior.

  • Education


    University of Freiburg

    University of Freiburg

    University of Bayreuth

    University of Bayreuth

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Behavioral Economics
    • Economic Analysis of Politics
    • Behavioral Paternalism: To Nudge or Not to Nudge
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    F.A. Hayek Prize for Best Dissertation, Economics Faculty, University of Freiburg, 2019.

    Don Lavoie Memorial Graduate Student Essay Award, Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, Southern Economic Association, 2017.

    Teaching Award of the Economics Faculty at the University of Freiburg for the Best Seminar (“Moral Limits of Markets”), 2017.